The Persimmon Course, which opened to rave reviews in 1999, features elevation changes from 50 feet to 300 feet. Perhaps the most notable is the final stretch of holes 15 through 18 that makes for a strong finish. A Member favorite is the 581-yard (from the tips), par-5 No. 16 whose plateau fairway is cut in half by a wash, while a bunker bisects the greenside fairway. The preferred tee shot will land on the right side of the fairway to allow a strong second shot to roll onto the green. An errant shot to the left side of the green will not hold, and the ball will likely find the bunker.
The Ironwood Course, which opened in January 2004, encompasses seven water features, intimidating bunkers and a backdrop of a mountain mesa. This is a classic high-risk/high-reward design. Post-game postmortems most often focus on “Anthem Alley,” the 10th through 12th uniquely crafted water holes that tend to drive up Member’s scores. Nash acknowledges some personal favoritism toward the par-4 10th hole. Whatever the position of the drive, however, the approach shot to the peninsula green is, in Nash’s words, “one of the most intimidating golf shots into a green.”