Arizona Golf Authority AZGA Arizona Golf Course Review: Located in Eloy, Arizona, about halfway between Phoenix and Tucson, Robson Ranch Golf Club is the centerpiece of one of several active adult communities built by the Robson Resort Communities Company. Public play is welcomed at this semi-private club, but members receive preferred rates and tee times.
Designed by Brad Bartell and opened in 2005, Robson Ranch is a player-friendly layout with wide fairways and forgiving approaches, which translates to plenty of birdie opportunities.
Four sets of tees are offered, 6,845, 6,338, 5,797 and 4,909 yards, with a rating of 72 and slope of 120 from the back tees. The course is relatively flat and walkable with two lakes bringing water into play on just two holes.
The signature hole is the ninth, a 532-yard par-5 with a dogleg right. Cross-bunkers guard each side of the fairway at the primary landing area, and another large bunker threatens the end of the fairway. The largest lake on the course wraps around the right side and back of the green, which features two more large bunkers.
Highlights of the back nine are the par-5 12th hole and par-3 14th. No. 12, at 546 yards, is the longest hole on the course and features a split fairway. A lake beckons on the right side but is only in play for the wildest of tee shots. The approach shot must find a green complex with a massive bunker guarding the entire left side; a smaller bunker lurks on the right.
No. 14 is the best of the par-3 holes at 169 yards. With another elongated bunker along the full left side and a merely large bunker guarding the right.
Robson Ranch has complete game-improvement facilities featuring an all-turf driving range, putting green, chipping green and practice bunkers. The clubhouse includes a snack bar and the popular Robson Ranch Grill restaurant. The fully developed community also features a sports and aquatics center, dog park, softball field and basketball courts.
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