Address: 660 West Fairway Drive
Mesa, Arizona 85201
General Manager: Jeff Lessig
Head Golf Professional: Scott Wright
Course Superintendent: Greg Thomas
Course Designer/Architect: Billy Bell
About This Course:
18 Holes of Championship Golf
Managed by BlueStar Resort & Golf
Par 72 – 6,887 yards from the tip
Rating/Slope: 72.5/131; 71.7/129; 70.8/124; 70.0/121; 68.7/117; 73.1/126
by Jerry Rose
For a club that has been a mainstay of the Valley since 1948, Mesa Country Club shows no signs of slowing down. A quick visit to Mesa Country Club on a recent Friday afternoon gave a revealing look behind the gates.
The first thing to be noticed was the palpable buzz around the club. The weather was nice and every patio was filled with club Members enjoying the day. They ran the gamut from young professionals to established members and families. There was an easy sense of familiarity and friendship in the air. However, with the popular Member-Member event starting the very next morning, there was a lot of gamesmanship going on. Good natured ribbing and a few well-placed verbal jabs were getting the players into the right frame of mind for an event that has proven to be as strong on laughs as it is on competition. And, make no mistake, these members come to play.
Mesa Country Club is home to golfers of every ability, but it has garnered more than its fair share of accomplished players. A half dozen or so are currently competitive on one of the professional tours, and many more have made their mark among elite amateurs. Athletes from other professional sports and top Arizona entrepreneurs also are well represented in among the membership. Rest assured any new member who wants to get in on a game, will have no problem doing so. Luckily, Head Golf Professional Scott Wright knows the membership well and can help pair players of similar ability to keep the blood-letting to a minimum.
“Our members love the club because they can play fast. They almost never need a tee time. And if they want to get in on a game, there’s nearly always one to be found,” said Wright. “Of course, if you just want to go out to have a good time with friends and family members, we can accommodate that, as well. This club belongs to our members and we make sure it suits all of them.”
At the heart of the club is its exceptional Billy Bell-designed golf course, which was updated by Tripp Davis a few years back. It is a true “core-golf” layout without intrusion of any type from other development. The course plays up and down the city’s namesake mesa, giving it a surprising amount of elevation change and outstanding variety to its golf holes. However, members find it an enjoyable course to walk and the views the elevation provides are spectacular. At about 6,900 yards with wall-to-wall grass and tree-lined fairways that bend both left and right, it puts up a tremendous defense of par, requiring players to hit shots sometimes more akin to those of a Midwest golf course than one in Arizona. The greens are generally small, but receptive. And, they roll fast and true. The result is a gem of a golf course where players are only limited by their creativity and talent. A handicap kept here will definitely travel.
Despite the club’s popularity, rounds of four hours are exceedingly rare. Most finish in a touch over three hours without the slightest bit of hurry. And, when members finish their rounds, they are likely to find a hearty crowd gathered on the clubhouse patio to cheer them in. Afterwards, cold drinks and plenty of laughs seem to be the tradition as no one appears to be in much hurry to depart. Truthfully, in terms of golf and camaraderie, Mesa Country Club is what a private club should be – a great place to have a good time.
Located along the borders of Tempe and Scottsdale in northwest Mesa near the intersection of the 101 and 202 Loops, Mesa Country Club is easily accessible from downtown Phoenix, Scottsdale, Arcadia or any city in the East Valley. The club offers a variety of membership options to fit a wide array of lifestyle needs, including equity memberships, seasonal memberships, young executive memberships and business or corporate memberships.
In addition to golf, the club campus includes three dining options, six lighted tennis and Pickle Ball courts, a junior Olympic pool, fitness center, and golf practice facilities. To learn more about Mesa Country Club, please visit www.mesacountryclub.com or contact the club at email@example.com or 480.964.1797 to arrange a tour.