Tuesday, June 17, 2008
The Golfing Queen and I played the Mountain 9 and the Ocean 9. The Arroyo 9 was closed for maintenance. From the tips, it is 7036 yards, 74.4 course rating and 146 slope. I played the 3rd set of tees, 6172 70.7 and 132. For the record, I shot 82 with two birdies, two triple bogies and one double.
Despite the names, they are both essentially desert courses, often requiring a forced carry over features ranging from shallow washes to deep canyons, from tee to fairway, and fairway to green (or fairway to 2nd fairway on the par 5s). Despite that, it is woman-friendly in that the red tees are on the fairway side of the chasms. Nicklaus has made exquisite use of the land, blending the course naturally in and around the hills and arroyos, with nary an ordinary hole among these 18.
5 Mountain is typical. Par 4, drive over a 50-foot deep canyon to an angled fairway, then back over the canyon to a green set 30 feet lower.
The finishing hole is a par 5. This is the view from the first part of the fairway. Those cacti that look like saguaro are not, they are cardon . . .
Close up, when they're in bloom, you can tell they are obviously not saguaros.