I love this course. It has a great layout, lots of elevated tee boxes, and really fun holes to shoot. The scenery is fantastic, as you'll see in the many photos that I posted. Don't expect much in the way of amenities though. The clubhouse is more like a snackbar and there are some pretty grumpy government workers manning the counters inside. The marshals and starters, however, are very cool and you won't be disappointed with the overall experience of this course. I liked it so much that I cancelled my plans to play The Refuge the following day and went back to Emerald Canyon for another round.
This course is a hidden gem in Parker Arizona. Anyone who golfs here will love it. It is not a very long track but challenging especially if you spray the ball. I visit here every year at the end of March and the course is always in great condition. Be sure to call a head of time to get a tee time if you plan on golfing in the early spring as there may still be a lot of snow birds on town golfing here.
cautionary warning I am only a ride-along / gallery attendee :-)
Being married to golfer I can either sit at home or opt to be a ride along... I am a nature nut so this wonderful golf course is one of my all time favorites.
As a player my husband loves this county-owned course. We are in the area during March and he plays here at least once during our trip, sometimes as many as three times a month. The prices are amazingly reasonable and a single player usually has no problem getting on. The holes are challenging but the best thing is the layout. Definitely not a walking course there tremendous elevation changes as you start at the river level and then drive back under the highway to the canyons in the Buckskin mountains.
The vistas are stunning. The course itself rates 4/5 from 'two guys who golf' so their website can tell you more about the technical aspects of it. The only detraction off 5 stars they gave, -1, was because the club house was nothing fancy but the food is adequate.
There are amazing sights, smells and surprises on this course so be sure to take your camera. There are monster lizards on one of the holes, just ask in the clubhouse.. loads of other wildlife too, Quail, Coyote, lots of rabbits and birds. Mind the snakes when you have to retrieve your ball from the oob areas. We have never encountered one but they are out there.
I think one of *the* most telling things for you sticks out there is when we a invite a golfer along who has never had the opportunity to play here before. They are always impressed and say it's one of the most enjoyable courses they've ever played, and that they would definitely come back.
Being the non golfer that I am, I always have the option of heading to the nearby Blue Water casino for a few hours but I enjoy being out on this course so much it's tough to turn down an invitation to hop in the cart :-)
Visited the course in late February and was absolutely blown away by the layout and quality of terrain. Make sure to book in advance and play the blue tee's on 17, it's worth it.