Superstition Mountain - Prospector Course
Gold Canyon, Phoenix — Arizona, USA
International Leisure course
Playable on simulator in Paris at Golf en Ville
Architect: Jack Nicklaus — Designed: 1998
Severity index: 3 — Difficult
18 holes, Par 72 — Length: 7196 yards
About Superstition Mountain - Prospector Course
In the shadows of the Superstition Mountains, where Apache legend tells of a gateway that leads straight to hell, is Superstition Mountain Golf Course.
Located in Golf Canyon, Arizona this spook-tack-ular golf course is widely praised as being the most spectacular and dramatic golf courses in the south-west. Superstition Mountain Golf and Country Club boasts two Nicklaus designed golf courses, highlighted by jaw-dropping views in an old-world setting and if the rumors are true, somewhere near the The Lost Dutchman’s Gold Mine.
Superstition Mountain: The Prospector Course is located in Gold Canyon, Arizona, just 25 mountains from Phoenix and 45 minutes from Scottsdale.
The Prospector Golf Course, which opened in 1998, combines the creative skills of Jack Nicklaus and his son Gary. The designers have delivered a community-based course with inspirational vistas, fairways that are wide and friendly, and green speeds that are faster than at some major tournaments. The Lost Gold Course was also designed by Jack Nicklaus.
Tom Weiskopf, winner of 16 PGA Tour Titles once said, “Of all the majors around the world that I’ve played in, these are the finest surfaces I’ve ever played on,” about Superstition Mountain.
The course was ranked by Golfweek magazine as one of the “Top 100 Residential Courses.”
The site has hosted: 2002 Countrywide Tradition and was home of the LPGA Safeway International from 2004 to 2008.
Course review(source: golfcoursegurus)
Signature Hole: 18 – 553Y Par 5 – The lone water hazard on Prospector is found on this impressive closing hole that gives players one last risk/reward opportunity as they descend towards the clubhouse. With bunkers sitting in the landing zone on both sides of the fairway players may have concerns but should be more worried about the water hazard that extends up the entire left side of the hole. If you are going for the green in two then a high draw is the shot you'll need to pull out of your bag as you weave through the four greenside bunkers and open up the angle into the putting surface. If you lay up then the garden spot is located beyond the last fairway bunker and the green side bunkers. From this position on the right side of the hole players are afforded the perfect angle of attack to stick it close to the flag.
Best Par 3: 4 – 184Y – This scenic one-shotter plays to a well protected green that boasts the Superstition Mountains towering in the background. The green is slightly raised and a pot bunker is centered in front of the putting surface so running a ball up onto the green is a dicey proposition. The best miss is long where a backstop is resting deep, so if you are between clubs take the longer of the two.
Best Par 4: 9 – 442Y – The closing hole on the front nine is this dogleg right that features a bunker on the left side about 285 yards from the back tee. The fairway doglegs at this bunker and plays to a green protected completely on the right side by a large bunker and features a narrow opening to the green. Attempting to cut the corner looks a bit appealing off the tee but most players will find the desert waste area hidden by the trees and bushes on that line. The 35 yard deep putting surface begs you to play towards the back of the green to have the most forgiveness with your accuracy.
Best Par 5: 13 – 589Y – The 13th is a subtle double dogleg that throws a bunker in the middle of the fairway at you to contend with. Tee shots under 250 yards will come up short of the trouble while a carry of 275 yards is required to fly the sand and put yourself in perfect position to take a rip at the green in two. A cluster of bunkers await on the right side of the hole 75 yards short of the green and are aimed at challenging players attempting to lay up to the ideal angle into the green. A penalizing bunker shields the left side of the green which is a bigger factor for players going for the green in two.
Birdie Time: 14th Hole – 331 Yard Par 4 – The shortest par four on either course at Superstition Mountain, this green can be reached off the tee when playing downwind. A carry of 200 yards is required to clear the waste area before reaching the fairway which utilizes a series of bunkers on the left side to create separation from the neighboring hole. Players taking a rip at the green need to steer clear of the pot bunker fronting the green, but the smartest play is a drive up the generous right side of the hole which will set up an easy pitch into this receptive green. This is easily the best birdie opportunity of all 36 holes at Superstition Mountain so take advantage of it!
Bogey Beware: 16 – 446Y Par 4 – The longest par four at Prospector is this beast that requires a draw off the tee to maximize your distance and shorten up the approach into the green. The second shot plays over a desert wash to a green that features a nasty drop off in the back of this green. The slope pushes balls back and to the right to a tightly mown chipping area that is difficult to get up and down from. With length, a forced carry approach, five bunkers, and a tough green to contend with, bogey is a respectable score here.
Play Superstition Mountain - Prospector Course in Paris on simulator
Alone or with friends, whether you are a golfer or not, you can play Superstition Mountain - Prospector Course (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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