Sedona Golf Resort

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I have played at Sedona Golf Resort about 12 times and each time I have played 36. The reason is that they only charge your for the cart on the second round. This makes for one of the best deals around.
As for the resort, they have it all. A restaurant, practice range, putting green and service with a smile. They are quite accommodating and have let me tee off early to get two rounds in during the winter.
The golf itself is good and the resort is great. You have good holes and a couple of greens which are challenging: most notably the 4th and 6th. The holes have variety as far as shot shaping and distance. A couple of short par 4s and balanced by long par 4s. A couple of short par 5s are balanced by a couple of three shotters. In other words, there are half par holes on both sides of par which keep things interesting. It is a good layout. There is also the fact that it is a par 34 and 37 on the back. This let's you know that the architect took what the land gave him versus trying to force two 36 nines.
The scenery is what will get most people's attention. The par 3 10th plays right at the red rocks. All holes have nice red rock and/or mountain views. If you like eye candy, this is a course for you. There is also nature in the form of Elk and a Bobcat.
As a golf course, this is a good one. As a total experience, this is a very good if not great one. If you are in Sedona and have your clubs, this is the place to go on a day you aren't hiking.
I think it is the best in the area; I have played in 6 different years and next time I am in Sedona, this is where I would play. Just do 36, at times, they throw in a half dozen balls and $15 towards food. Good place in a gorgeous location.

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In comparison to nearby Oakcreek and Seven Canyons, this experience was very disappointing. Bag drop was deserted sixty minutes before my 08:18 tee time. The individual in the pro shop ignored me when I walked in, and disappeared behind a door for several minutes. When he returned, he said they were just starting up and I had to wait for him to prepare for the first transaction of the day. I indicated a willingness to get out ahead of the first group if possible and was told that would be impossible. I headed to the range, which is very short but otherwise acceptable. A while later, the starter came by to motivate and organize the first group and indicated hat he had let a single out ahead of them. Unfair/Inconsistent. As I waited, I searched for a practice green worthy of the name. Whoever is in charge here isn't fond of putting. Down at the range, there was a tiny, BUMPY, three hole affair with a no chipping sign that had not been mowed. Up near the patio and hard to find/reach, there is a skinny two hole green that by its placement off the beaten track suggests it's there for effect rather than actual practice. Neither of these two greens provided an appropriate preparation for the 18 greens which followed. The course is picturesque, with a few excellent visuals but I found nearby Oakcreek to be consistently prettier. The course was soggy. I was left with a LOT of sloppy, muddy wedges from the fairways. I understand the need to water, but I played nearby Oakcreek and Seven Canyons at the same time on the two previous days and had no such issues. Here, it was sometimes a challenge to find a firm stance on the tees, #4 especially, which felt like I was standing on a waterbed. I understand the need to rest or perform maintenance on teeing grounds, but today, so many of the rear tee markers were moved up (sometimes more than one box) that the rating/slope for this round is wildly inaccurate. The other courses mentioned provided an enjoyable "membership experience". I can't say the same for Sedona Golf Resort.

He would not play this course again.

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Played twice during a wedding weekend. Friday afternoon with three locals and Saturday early with our wedding party. The Friday round was great and the added local knowledge really helped on sightlines and putting. The late afternoon and early morning sun on the red rocks was awesome. Course a little soggy at certain areas but really didn’t bother me that much. Played the back (blue) tees Friday afternoon which made the par threes challenging. Moved up to white with wedding group Saturday morning which made a few more decisions off the tee for club selection. Also, my brother in law rode a motorized skateboard around on the Saturday round. Too cool and they love that experience. Restaurant and staff were great.

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I was excited to play this course in anticipation of the views. I was a little worried when I read the last Sept review of poor course conditions because I was coming up from Phoenix so I called 6 days before I played and the very friendly receptionist said the course was in great shape so I booked two days later.

The Course:
Very playable track for golfers of all types. Not terribly long so the bombers will have keep the driver in the bag most of the time. Greens were in excellent condition and held shots very well. Plenty of undulation to challenge you and protect par. The elevation changes were plenty and you get a healthy does of it on hole #2 right away. #18 is a very short par 4 with a good risk reward strategy. Lay up, good chance at making birdie to an elevated, well protected green. Go for it and water, sand come into play that demands a precise tee shot.
Other than the greens, the rest of the course needed work. I do not know the maintenance schedule but the fairways were worn in some spots, rotting in others and in places very damp and soggy. That was very disappointing. Collection areas around the greens were soaked and deep, muddy maintenance cart tracks were found close the green. The couple I played with played Oak Creek the previous day and said that course was in much better condition. On hole #12 a maintenance worker was trimming rough right in the fairway and his cart was even more the fairway right in the landing zone of tee shots. He watched us tee off but never moved and was totally in play. I have never seen that before and was disappointed in the lack of courtesy (photo included)

Staff and surroundings
The staff was very nice and I tried the Golf Board for the first time. Very fun but takes some getting use to especially if you're not a surfer or a skier which I am not. It is now off my bucket list. You are pretty much paying for the views at this course and they are absolutely spectacular. Some of the best I've ever played in.

If you're serious about the course and conditions, you have to understand you may get disappointed. It's the views that made me give this course 4 instead of the 2.5 it deserved. They're that good.

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I stayed in Scottsdale and drove out for a 9:05tee time. It was about an hour and a half drive. Had breakfast at Red Rock Cafe, which is just outside the course and it was very good. The only reason I didn’t give the great course all five stars, is because there were more than a few wet spots. I had to really pay attention to where I was driving. With all the breath taking views, it was hard to pay attention!
I would definitely recommend playing this course!

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