Eagle Mountain Golf Club

That’s Golf: 420 yard, par 4 18th hole plays dramatically downhill

Eagle Mountain Golf Club

Website: www.eaglemtn.com

Phone:  480.816.1234  or Toll Free: 866.863.1234

Address:  14915 East Eagle Mountain Parkway
Fountain Hills, Arizona  85268

General Manager:  Bret Greenwood
Head Golf Professional: Steve Nichols
Course Superintendent:  Mike Reinecke
Operations Director:  Matt Pfeifle
Course Designer/Architect:  Scott Miller
Food & Beverage Director:  Nic Smith
Eagle Mountain Golf Academy Director of Instruction: Derek Nannen

About This Course:
18 Holes of Championship Golf
Managed by OB Sports
Par 71– 6,800 yards from the tips
Rating/Slope:  71.4/134; 69.1/127; 67.0/120; 72.6/130; 68.0/118

Eagle Mountain Golf Club, designed Scott Miller and opened in January 1996, is an innovative departure from the ‘target’ style golf courses constructed in the Sonoran Desert. 

The course layout takes advantage of a wide variety of land features including rolling hills, ridgelines, lush valleys and washes; with a backdrop of prominent mountain outcroppings. In many instances, long extended views into untouched desert landscape and area landmarks, such as Four Peaks and Red Mountain, are afforded.

The course offers four sets of tees and has a range of playing yardages from 5,065 to 6,800. It is a strategic yet forgiving design that asks the player to make choices relative to his or her own skill level.

The chief characteristic or strategy of every hole provides the ingenious name. Number 2, “No Way Out”, speaks for the accuracy required to negotiate on the uphill, dogleg-right fairway flanked by desert.

With four sets of tees, Eagle Mountain Golf Club can be well managed and completely enjoyed by golfers of all skill levels.

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By by Nancy Howard

If you want to experience mountain golf in your own backyard, this is the course that will deliver. Situated in the rugged McDowell Mountains of Fountain Hills, just off the Beeline Hwy. and minutes from Scottsdale, an outstanding round of golf awaits you at Eagle Mountain Golf Club.

Designed by Scott Miller, Eagle Mountain dramatically weaves through shaded box canyons and around majestic mountain peaks such as Four Peaks, Red Mountain and the McDowell’s. The views alone are worth the ride…and what a ride you will have on this undulating fairways and greens, elevation changing golf course. And, yes, you do need to remember when putting that you are playing mountain golf, in the Valley of the Sun. It’s just an amazing golf course, challenging yet fair and definitely fun. Put your thinking cap on to score as strategy pays off on this course.

The course is in excellent shape with greens that hold well and putt true. Don’t think you’re going to make up a bogie on the par 3s, as they don’t give up birdies easily. I do believe these are the toughest par 3s in the county and they look rather innocent from the tee boxes, but beware!

Eagle Mountain has earned numerous awards and accolades: “Top 50 Public Course’s In The Country” Golf World 2009 Readers Poll; “Best New Public Golf Course” by the Arizona Republic in 1996; “Best of Phoenix Public Golf Courses” in 2006 by the Phoenix New Times; “#1 Public Golf Course” Ranking Arizona, 2006 – 2007. Add one for Arizona Golfer’s “Best Courses to Play”.

Eagle Mountain Golf Course has an excellent practice facility with a large driving range, and generous chipping and putting areas.

The warm, friendly clubhouse houses the well-appointed pro shop offering some of the best take-home souvenirs. One-stop shopping for the visiting golfer provides more time on golf outings. Nice touch.

Framed by panoramic views that seem to stretch as far as the eye can see, The Grille, a full-service eatery offers guests Chef Carmelo Chairez’s creative culinary talents. Open daily for breakfast, lunch and late afternoon appetizers, The Grille also offers Border Disorder, a weekly all-you-can-eat buffet hosted every Wednesday from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Adjacent to The Grille is The Pavillion with incredible views and night lights. Perfect location for weddings, family gatherings and special events, and offers wine tastings, dinner theatre and holiday events. See their website for more information on this grand, glass enclosed facility.

Hole #4: par 5 554 yds. from the tips:
Rightly named Miller’s Moguls this fairway looks like a tunnel with hills on either side. Best to stay center right due to sloping. Bunkers come into play with your second shot to a downhill green. Good hole to birdie…with strategy, or to ruin your score.

Hole #7: par 4, 443 from the tips:
Absolutely our group’s favorite! Straightaway on the tee box then dogleg right, elevated fairway to green protected by two large bunkers left center and one large bunker on back right.

Hole #10: par 5, 535 yds. from the tips: Best views on the course. What a spectacular hole to kick off the back nine. Plus, the great outdoor grill awaits you with Italian sausage hot dogs, hamburgers and beverages. Severe slope down to water hazard on the left running to green. Water comes into play with your second shot to the elevated green. Damien Flachaire (age 19) visiting from Morocco and headed to Indiana State on a golf scholarship, hit the top of the flag pole, with his 2nd shot, which trajected it into the water. Bummer…but, wow, what a shot!

Hole #12: par 5, 510 yds. from the tips: Ascension is the perfect name for this dogleg right with a undulating, ridged green that you have to see to believe. Awesome, challenging hole.

There are so many fabulous and awe-inspiring holes on this course, it’s hard to write about just a few. And, of course, the most perfect finishing hole is number 18. It’s even more perfect when you have the winds (25mph) hitting you from behind on the tee box during your review. Damien tried to drive the green at 420 yds. thinking the wind would carry it. Not happening but great thought!

Be sure to check out their Summer Pass which in only $49+tax and on sale now. Eagle Mountain offers discounted rates to locals, check them out on their website.

Eagle Mountain Golf Club is managed by OB Sports, known for their private country club ‘member for a day’ feel, that all OB Sports facilities offer on their daily fee courses. Their associates are outstanding in service.