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Saturday, April 28, 2007


Cypress Golf Course

They Say: "Owned and operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, amenities include a driving range, snack bar and a 5,000-square-foot discount golf shop. The golf courses, the golf shop and PGA teaching professionals make Cypress golf course a very family-friendly golfing experience."

Mr Science says:

Cypress Golf Course is in the Salt River Pima - Maricopa Indian Community, along the banks of the mighty Salt River. We played the Long 9 and the Short 9. The long 9 really is, 3433 from the blue tees. Some of the holes were 601, 467 (par 4) and 451 (par 4). Being flat, and the ground pretty hard, it doesn't play to its length as long as you keep it in the fairway. The short 9 really is, too. It's an executive track, 1474 yards par 29. The par 4's are 246 and 264, both straight away and very drivable. Only 2 of the par 3's are over 150 yards.

It's very much a minimalist design. Not much dirt was moved, but there is plenty of sloping ground around the greens. There is an irrigation ditch that crosses 5 of the fairways on the long 9, but no water hazards really in play and very little bunkering. The greens are tiny, with false fronts and sides, but were very slow, and many had patches of rough or bare spots. One had a mound of fresh dirt on it, of the same type that were plentiful in the rough. Maybe the rattlesnakes are coming out of hibernation, or they have gophers.

They do have a cart girl, but she drives a regular golf cart with two coolers on it, and no ice. The marshal gives whatever balls he finds to the female golfers. I wish he would do more to improve the pace of play instead, we spent at least 45 minutes of the two hours it took to play the short 9 sitting on the benches waiting for two threesomes in front of us. One was a guy and his two young daughters. The guy could hit the ball, it seemed, as he waited to hit on the par 4's until the group ahead had left the green. The girls looked like they were out there for the first time ever. They spent a lot of time looking at each other when somebody should have been hitting the ball. But it didn't matter, because they were waiting on the three drunk teenagers in front of them, who together had almost as much golf talent as the two girls.

It's very woman-friendly and walker-friendly. There was a junior clinic going on today. It does seem to be a very family-oriented place, especially the short 9. The price is certainly right. You can walk the short 9 for $11, and replays are $5.

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