Central Arizona Mesa

Mesa Country Club

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In its early days, Mesa Country Club didn’t have a lot of wealthy members. But thanks to the founding group’s vision and perseverance, the club now sports a rich history and stands as one of the most popular private country clubs in the Phoenix-metro area.


And following the renovation which took place during the summer months of 2013, the club that dates back to 1948 is better than ever. The golf course, clubhouse and country club amenities all received attention.

Essentially, careful inspection reveals that 12 of the 18 golf course offerings have been modestly enhanced, although all 18 holes were touched in one way or another – but only “soft hands” would do here.

Mesa Country Club’s golf course was designed by the father-son team of William Park “Billy” Bell and William Francis Bell, still considered “California’s first family” of golf course architecture.

Commissioned by the members in 1947, Bell returned with both a 9-hole and an 18-hole layout. The members chose the 18-hole design and immediately acquired an additional 13 acres of property the layout required,

Mesa Country Club embodies the grand golf course style of the mid-1940’s and remains one of the most envied and prominent classic layouts still available to players in the Phoenix area today.

Dick Turner, one of the club’s former head pros, also did some tweaking to the course in 1974, mainly to add length, but all the enhancements maintain the original Bell family trademarks: tight, tree-lined fairways, classic doglegs, smallish greens by modern standards and intimate, elevated tees.

mesa-country-club-tee-photoThere’s nothing tricked up about Mesa Country Club. From the tee, you can clearly see what’s expected of you as you determine your plan of attack.

But executing that plan can be a challenge due to Bell’s traditional strategic design. The course routinely tests the best as the former host of events like the Arizona Open, Arizona Amateur and Southwest Section of the PGA Championship.

A narrow canal winds through the property, coming into play on five holes, and several lakes and ponds bring water into play on three more. The first seven holes, plus Nos. 14 and 15, lie on the top level of a mesa for which the city is named. The other half are located on acreage that members refer to as the “Lower 40.”

A different site, which is now home to Falcon Field Airport, was considered by the founding members, but they settled on the current location in the heart of Mesa.

Those founders, who included Dwight Patterson (known as the “Father of the Cactus League” for Arizona baseball spring training), struggled to maintain the club’s finances in its early years and, legend holds, did so with an assist from some slot machines, which were popular private entertainment during those years.

Today, they’re very public entertainment in Arizona as several Native American nation casino – hotel – golf resorts are scattered all across the state.

mesa-country-club-fairwayMesa Country Club offers six sets of tees stretching to 6,870 yards, with a rating of 72.5 and slope of 131 from the tips. The Bells created several excellent holes, including a three-hole stretch starting at No. 5, a 520-yard par-5 that plays downhill over the canal to an elevated green.

The sixth is a 419-yard uphill par-4 with a slight dogleg left, the canal resides 220 yards out from the tee and fairway bunkers threaten on the right, with a smallish green that slopes sharply from back to front; tough par here.

Capping the stretch is the seventh, one of the best par 3’s in town. The 198-yarder plays downhill, over the canal lying in wait just in front of the green, to a putting surface surrounded by mature eucalyptus trees and four large bunkers. Miss the green here, and you’ll probably find a double on your card.

Highlights on the back-9 include No. 16, another downhill par 3 of 154 yards with deep bunkers surrounding the green, and the two par 5’s – 13 and 18. At 504 and 495 yards, respectively, they appear as birdie opportunities on the card, but both play much longer to uphill green complexes, where a lot of birdies remain just that – opportunities.

Members here also enjoy swimming, tennis, fitness and fine dining facilities. A variety of memberships, for golfers and non-golfers, are available and the price is right.

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Central Arizona Mesa

Dreamland Villa Golf Course

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Dreamland Villa’s public 9-hole executive course is part of the Dreamland community, the first active-adult golf community created by Farnsworth Developers, which began building for retirees in Mesa in the late-1950s. You’ll find two sets of tees at 1,936 and 1,763 yards, level par of 31 and a course rating of 57.6 for an 18-hole loop from the back tees.

The golf course features four par-4 holes and five par 3s; two lakes bring water into play on four holes. Par 3s range from 118-157 yards, which just happen to be the eighth and ninth holes, and both require tee shots over the same lake, which also guards the green at the par-4 second hole.

Another lake is positioned between the fourth and fifth holes, and threatens both the 140-yard par 3 and the 261-yard par 4. The longest hole on the course is the 338-yard par-4 seventh, where wild-right tee shots may also be rinsed for free.

Dreamland does not have a driving range but does have putting and chipping greens available and a café. In 2011, the course adopted a “closed for the summer” policy which may continue in future years.

Farnsworth also created the nearby Sunland Springs Village Golf Course development with three nine-hole executive courses that spans 900 acres.

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Central Arizona Mesa

Viewpoint Golf Resort

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Viewpoint Golf Course

Viewpoint golf course is part of an RV resort that happens to be the top rated in Arizona as well as in the US. It features two golf courses – a par-71 18-hole layout and a nine-hole executive, both of which were designed by Michael Rus and opened in 1996.

Both are player-friendly courses devoid of the extremes of desert-target golf and generally are well kept with tree-lined fairways and strategic bunkering. The complex is located in a golf-rich area near Usery Mountain Regional Park and offers nice views of the Superstition Mountains in the distance.

The 18-hole layout features three lakes and a winding stream that can bring water into play on 10 holes depending on the wetness of the season. It plays to par 71 and has four sets of tees that range from 4,774 to 6,324 yards with a rating of 69.2 and slope of 117 from the tips, which means there are plenty of birdie opportunities.

The course starts strong with water in play on four of the first five holes, which include par 4s of 421, 337 and 373 yards, a 174-yard par 3 and a 516-yard par 5. The ninth is a fun par 3 of 180 yards over water to a green surrounded by four bunkers, but the highlight of the round is the three-hole finish.

No. 16 is a slight dogleg left par 4 that plays at 382 yards, followed by the longest par 3 of 205 that has a stream running along the entire left side and wrapping behind the green. The finish is a 481-yard par 5 with a double dogleg that can be reached in two shots, but it’s a gamble because a large lake wraps around the left side of the green and two large bunkers guard the right side.

The executive course has two sets of men’s tees at 2,162 and 1,935 yards and plays at par 33 with an 18-hole rating of 60.7 and slope of 94. Women’s tees are set at 1,666 yards and play at par 34. It has nice variety with four par-3 and four par-4 holes and a par 5 of 484 yards.

The facility has a grass driving range and putting green and a comfortable bar-restaurant called Fat Willy’s Clubhouse Pub & Grill. Green fees are very reasonable, even during peak season.

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Central Arizona Mesa

Toka Sticks Golf Course

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Toka Sticks Golf Course

There is a bit of history to this Mesa facility that has evolved quite nicely since the original nine holes, known as the Williams Air Force Base Golf Course, were built around 1950 by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for Air Force personnel. Some local residents also pitched in with labor in exchange for golf privileges.

A second nine, which became the back nine, was built by the Air Force in the mid-1980s and the facility opened to the public as Toka Sticks in 1993. Owned by the Gila River Indian Community, the course takes its name from an ancient tribal game similar to field hockey.

The parkland-style course is accented by stands of mature eucalyptus, Palo Verde and mesquite trees and small, tiered greens that are slightly elevated with aprons that allow for chip-and-run approaches. Water comes into play on five holes, all on the back nine, which is the more challenging and memorable of the two. There are five sets of tees, ranging from 5,185 to 6,922 yards, with a rating of 72.5 and slope of 123 from the tips.

The finishing stretch is the highlight of the round, starting with No. 12, the longest hole on the course at 569 yards with a slight left dogleg. Next up is a 219-yard par 3 over water, followed by a 324-yard par 4 with a sharp dogleg right around a lake and a stand of trees that make cutting the corner a true risk-reward adventure.

No. 15 is a 198-yard par 3 with a lake wrapping around both sides and behind the green, and the 16th is a slight dogleg right par 4 of 436 yards with three bunkers guarding the approach to the green. The round ends with a 520-yard par 5 and 456-yard par 4 to greens that are also well-bunkered.

Toka Sticks has complete practice facilities and a full service grille that serves breakfast and lunch. The course is known for having an extensive junior program and offers discount rates to junior golfers and to Arizona residents, as well as a variety of memberships and discount loyalty passes. And if you care to make a little history yourself, be advised the course record is 60.

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Superstition Springs Golf Club

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superstion-springs-golf-club-photoSuperstition Springs is a public golf course, opened in 1986, that is generally regarded as one of Mesa’s best, but then golfers tend to differ when it comes to layout appeal and the assessments often vary.

Some consider it the finest design from the Greg Nash and Jeff Hardin team in Arizona, while others think a few holes are a bit too contrived for the PGA Tour qualifying tournament once hosted here. Bottom line is you’ll have to judge the design for yourself – we say Superstition Springs’ overall experience definitely makes it worth a visit.

You’ll find four sets of tees, with the tips set at 7,005 yards, a rating of 73 and slope of 128 (down from a one-time high of 135) and the front tees at 5,296 yards with marks of 66.3 and 109. The layout  offers wonderful views of the Superstition Mountains and features ample landing areas in the fairways, considerable fairway mounding, undulating greens, expansive bunkers around those greens, mature palm, pine, willow and eucalyptus trees lining the fairways and water in play on 11 of the 18 holes, although that isn’t as daunting as it sounds if you use your head and a wee bit of course management.

The par-3 holes can be a handful with three of them measuring more than 200 yards from the tips and there are several risk-reward holes that can make or break your round. All things considered, it’s a course that can leave you licking your chops or shaking your head, and that means a fun challenge.

Both nines feature a memorable stretch of holes. On the front, that starts at No. 5, a drivable par 4 that plays uphill to a green heavily guarded by bunkers. Right behind it, the sixth hole and the No. 1 handicap, is the longest on the course at 610 yards and features a partially hidden pond on the left and a green complex with a formidable bunker on the left side. No. 7 is both gorgeous and demanding as a 228-yard par 3, and the No. 5 handicap, where anything short or long-right will find water. Many consider the ninth, a sharp dogleg left par 4 of 425 yards with a huge lake running down the left side, to be the signature hole.

On the back-9, players usually love or hate the 14th hole because of its beauty and difficulty with a lake that can be reached off the tee and a green perched on a ridge with another water hazard guarding the front and left. Right behind it is a 231-yard par 3 with another lake on the right, a 424-yard par 4 to a green laced with bunkers and mounds and a 537-yard par 5 to a green with water hazards squeezing the end of the fairway and green on both sides.

No. 18 is an excellent par-4 closer of 455 yards with a creek that cuts across the fairway twice, a small waterfall, a well-bunkered green and a gorgeous mountain backdrop. Amenities include a spacious restaurant and outdoor patio, locker rooms with showers, a large putting green, chipping green and grass range with target areas. The course offers several memberships, is female friendly as a member of the “Women on Course” program. It is part of the Eagle network, which offers discounts at about 60 courses around the country to cardholders.

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