The elevated tee on the first hole offers spectacular panoramic views to the Sierra Estrella Mountains and the course below. This short 359-yard downhill par 4 gives the golfer a great opportunity to get the round off to a good start. The best position off the tee is the right center of the fairway. This allows an open approach to the green which is set on a right to left axis. However, a shot hit too far right can be captured by the fairway bunker or settle in a deep grass hollow which blinds the shot to the green. A large deep greenside bunker guards against any shots hit left of the green.
Hit your drive just right of the left side fairway bunkers to best approach this medium length 416-yard par 4. The green has two bunkers on the left and has a deep grass hollow on the right. The hole sets up best for approach shots coming in from the right. The high bunker right of the green shouldn’t come into play.
The first par 3 on the course plays 174 yards and is slightly downhill. The green is set into a large land form and is guarded on the right by a large bunker which extends the length of the hole. Ample room left is provided for those not wanting to fall prey to the bunker.
Grip it and rip it on this 571-yard dogleg right par 5. The fairway bunkers on the left help turn the hole but should not really come into play. Hug the right side and bite off as much of the hole as possible to approach the green which has one bunker right and a large roll on the left.
This relatively short 386-yard par 4 offers real strategy off the tee. A well-placed drive is crucial to approach this green, which is guarded by the lake on the left, and has high bunkers on the right. Don’t let the beauty of this short hole let you relax too much. Birdies will be plenty, but so will double bogeys.
The best driving position on this hole is just left of the right side fairway bunker. This sets the stage for an open approach with a medium-to-long iron into this 424-yard par 4. Avoiding the lake on the left off the tee and the large greenside bunker should make par an attainable score. The view from this elevated tee is gorgeous as the golfer looks across the lake, back up the foothills toward the clubhouse in the distance.
A high draw is the shot of choice for this 206-yard slightly downhill par 3. Bunkers protect most of the front of this green, but shots can feed from the right along the approach. Two bunkers back and right help balance the view to this medium-long strategic hole.
At 557 yards, this par 5 can definitely be reached in two. The hole offers a bunker free tee shot, so the strategy is to get as much length off the tee as desired. A natural desert wash on the approach shot to the green will make you think twice before going for it in two. The green is best approached from the right side but does afford for a bailout long and left.
Take your choice when setting up for the tee shot on this 435-yard uphill par 4. A bunker flanked by a native island bisects the landing area into two distinctive strategic setups. Play safe to the wider right side resulting in a longer second shot over the wash and greenside bunker to the shallow angle of the green. Or try and cut a little distance down the narrow left side of the fairway and open up for a much easier approach. The green sits just below the clubhouse site and is supported by the natural mountain backdrop.
Playing back toward the valley, this 414-yard par 4 invites the golfer to aim just right of the distant fairway bunkers. The green is bunker free but can be partially hidden from view if the tee shot should stray too far left or right. The subtly-contoured green should give the golfer a good start to the back nine.
A great strategic beauty, this 434-yard downhill par 4 allows the golfer to choose which way to approach this hole. The fairway is split into a high narrow right side and a low wider left. Placing the ball on the upper right level rewards the player with an easier approach to the green, which is set on a right to left angle and is heavily bunkered along the left. Playing a tee shot down the left side of the fairway will require a high shot over the bunkers to the narrow angle of the green.
Bite off as much distance along the right side as you dare to approach this 372-yard downhill par 4. The low natural area along the right side protects from shots hit too far right. The green opens up for shots hit from the right center of the fairway. Deep yawning bunkers protect the green left and right and the bunker behind the green protects against the stray long shot.
Setting parallel to a shallow wash, this 545-yard par 5 is directed by several bunkers protecting the right side of the fairway and the low native area to the left. The second shot must be placed just short of the wash crossing in front of the green and will require a well-placed lay-up for the best angle into the green. Check the wind before trying to go for the green in two – it prevails into the golfer’s face and could result in the shot coming up short of its intended target. The green is guarded by a challenging bunker front left.
The longest of the par 3’s, this 215-yard hole plays into the prevailing wind. The bunker right is well short of the green and is placed there for perceptive reasons. The large green sets lengthwise to the tees and is receptive to bump and run shots for those who happen to hit short. Soft grass hollows surround the green for easy recovery shots.
Target golf in the true sense of the word describes this 395-yard par 4. A simple tee shot over native desert to a 50-yard wide fairway island is turned by two fairway bunkers on the right. The strategically contoured green is supported by a huge specimen ironwood tree that sets majestically along the lum wash. A small bunker protects the left side of the green with an ample escape option on the right.
The key to this long 605-yard uphill par 5 is simply to keep your tee shot in play. The drive requires a shot over a natural desert wash to a relatively wide landing area protected on the right by bunkers. A magnificent rocky wash separates the first and second landing areas, but is far enough away, allowing the golfers to lay up anywhere from 100 to 200 yards from the green. The truly heroic golfer may choose to try to reach the greenside approach fairway over the wash flanking the green. This would leave an easy approach shot to the green, which is situated on a left to right axis and is protected on the right by a deep gaping bunkers.
The signature hole at Golf Club of Estrella, this 194-yard par 3 sets majestically into the rocky slopes of the surrounding terrain. Bunkers short left and long right protect the ball from glancing into the surrounding desert. Shots hit to the right should feed down to the green and provide a few birdie opportunities at this spectacular Sonoran desert hole.
Hitting from the rocky ridge line and admiring this 437-yard par 4 from the tees brings the golf experience to a wonderful grand finale. The strategy here is simple: drive left and clear the cross bunkers to the high fairway for the best angle into the medium-sized green. A tee shot to the right requires a full carry to the green which is protected by a deep grass low area and a pot bunker. The hole benches softly into the mountainside and provides the player with spectacular panoramic views across Estrella … a truly grand finish.