Raven Golf Club Phoenix
Phoenix — Arizona, USA
International Championship course
Playable on simulator in Paris at Golf en Ville
Architect: Gary Panks & David Graham — Designed: 1995
Severity index: 2 — Intermediate
18 holes, Par 72 — Length: 7078 yards
About Raven Golf Club Phoenix
Raven Golf Club Phoenix, formerly known as Raven at South Mountain, where players are tested by large, multi-tiered greens.
Rtched into a rugged mountain slope with sweeping panoramic vistas of the surrounding valley and the Phoenix skyline, Raven Golf Club Phoenix's par-72, 7,078-yard championship layout is an anomaly among traditional desert layouts.
More than 6,000 mature pine trees traverse lush rolling fairways and expansive, multi-tiered greens, with a unique assortment of bunkers and water features creating both strategic diversity and a stunning backdrop for golf.
Raven Golf Club Phoenix was awarded 4.5 stars by Golf Digest in its list of “Best Places to Play”
Designed by Gary Panks and David Graham, this course has been ranked as one of the top publicly owned and operated golf courses in the country.
Constructed in 1995, over 700,000 cubic feet of soil was moved to build this non-traditional course in the desert.
The layout features rolling fairways framed by thousands of mature pine trees, as well as vistas of rugged desert mountains and the Phoenix skyline. The golf course's playable and strategic design offers a fun golf experience for all players. The subtle elevation changes are enhanced by challenging sand and grass bunkers that are placed against large multi-tiered greens.
Beware of the false fronts and make sure you hit enough club to carry to the safe spots on the greens. Club selection is key in avoiding these areas as well as the large bunker complexes guarding this otherwise open layout.
The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole is Par3#7. Although it's ranked as the 13th handicap hole, the #7 one where you take par and walk away. Stretching out to 221 yards with water up the entire left side accompanied by a massive bunker running all the way to the green. If you happen to avoid the lake make sure you hit enough club to avoid the false front the runs the length of the green entrance.
One of the best holes out here is Par 4 #6. Standing on the tee you see a slight dog leg right with water up the left side and a fairway bunker easily within driving distance. The tee box is lined with Rosemary bushes and bougainvillea along the cart path and behind the green. Off in the distance you can see Four Peaks from the slightly elevated tee box. Although it plays 428 yards from the back, 3 wood is definitely the call off the tee. That will leave you a mid-iron in to a double tiered green with one of the deepest bunkers on the course guarding the whole right side. There are false edges all around the green so 4 on this hole is a victory.
Darren Wallace, Canada Tour Professional, shot 60 in the Spring of 2014. It only took him 19 putts to just miss that elusive 59. Previous to that the record was held by tour veteran Kevin Stadler with a 62.
Play Raven Golf Club Phoenix in Paris on simulator
Alone or with friends, whether you are a golfer or not, you can play Raven Golf Club Phoenix (or one of other 99 international courses available) in Paris, on simulator, in very realistic conditions and spend a good time.
In one click, you can choose to play a selection of holes or the whole course; you can adjust about twenty parameters and display modes and customize the gaming experience and difficulty: the tee-box that is right for you, wind strength, pin position, green speed, fairway hardness, etc ...) or simply you can keep the settings that are available to you. You can also try one of the 35 scoring systems available, for more fun.
You can also choose to take a golf lesson on this course, and enjoy the precision of trajectory measures and the beautiful surroundings.
Please note that the severity index specified above is meant in ideal conditions i.e. no wind, pin position easy,...
If you add some wind, it's a different ball game, some courses can become very difficult.
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