Voted One of Arizona’s Most Scenic Golf Courses
Recently listed by Golf Digest as “One of the Top 50 Courses in the Country for Women,” and ranked in the “Top 10 Golf Courses” in Arizona by Ranking Arizona, the Scottsdale area par-70, championship layout features dramatic elevation changes, unspoiled desert terrain, abundant wildlife and the rustic charm of the historic dude ranch, which is now part of the golf resort property. While Rancho Mañana Golf Club poses a significant challenge for low handicappers, it also attracts and is well known for its fairness and playability for golfers of all levels. It is definitely one of Arizona’s best golf courses that truly represents the uniqueness of desert golf.
The front nine takes golfers through the Town of Cave Creek’s namesake, Cave Creek Wash, one of the last remaining riparian areas in the state. From the first fairway, each subsequent hole ventures upward, to higher elevations, where one can witness some of the states most breathtaking views. Nowhere else can a golfer simultaneously view picturesque images of Camelback Mountain, Mummy Mountain, Squaw Peak, Black Mountain, South Mountain, and the dramatic Tonto National Forest, with its distinctive Elephant Butte.
COURSE TOUR & FEATURES
With holes 7 and 9, golfers experience a truly unique experience with a pair of par 3’s that forces one to gaze over the dramatic drop in elevation and tingling views. Golfers then begin to meander back towards the site of a once thriving, real western dude ranch – now the existing clubhouse and restaurant facilities, with their original, rustic structures. From there, Rancho Mañana’s back nine allows one to encounter a slightly different experience, as golfers work their way around a lush oasis of water-guarded holes with 360 degrees of unobstructed mountain views, where Mother Nature’s flourishing, vast array of wildlife can be found, including the likes of bobcats, roadrunners, rabbits and mule deer.
The largest mound is your target. Andora Wash is on the left. DON’T GO LEFT OFF THE TEE.
Play slightly right of the fairway bunker. Your approach shot plays about a club less. DON’T GO OVER THE GREEN.
Scary & Narrow! The farther the ball is hit, the wider the fairway becomes.
A 190 yard shot from the blue tee to the corner dog-leg-right will leave you in great shape. Play 1 to 2 clubs more to this elevated green.
Don’t let the breathtaking view lull you. Favor the left side, anything right of the bunkers is gone for good.
Keep it in the center and you’ll be able to reach the green in two. Look behind you and you’ll see from left to right: Camelback, Mummy, Squaw Peak & Lookout Mountain.
A Picture hole. Play 1 to 2 clubs less than normal for this downhill par 3.
Short but sweet. Normally an accurate iron shot off this tee. Watch out for the well positioned bunkers on this hole.
From this height. 1 to 2 clubs less then normal. Just hit it out and let it drop. The drop area, for balls lost in the wash, is in front of the green.
Aim straight down the middle with a slight draw. Beware of the two trees guarding the right and left sides of the fairway just past the 150 yard marker.
A short par 3. However watch out for Andora wash that runs in front of this large 3-tiered green.
The red roofed house off in the distance is your target. Out of bounds on your left and right. Galloway wash cuts in front of the green.
Stay left of the small adobe building and you will miss the 3 lakes on the right. Galloway wash lurks on the left. DON’T GO OVER THE GREEN!
What you see is what you get… Out of bounds on the left, water on the right!
Position off the tee is the key on this water hole. The 3 lakes border the fairway to the right all the way to this elevated green. Out of bounds on you left!
Galloway wash right and out-of-bounds left places a premium on this tee shot. Aim left of the large tree and hit a slight fade. From there it is a lay up or go for the green.
Beware of the wind and the long sloping green.
Mesquite tree, mid-fairway, is the target. Andora wash runs in front of the green. Be careful for the 2 small lakes; one to the right of the green & one wraps around behind the green.