Desert Golf Course
Estancia, at the base of Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, AZ, is a private club with a traditionalist bent: no hats indoors, no phones and only suitable golf clothing. The atmosphere is luxurious and the staff is most welcoming and attentive, and while there are superb facilities for tennis and swimming, golf is the focus of recreation here. Before starting a round, players can take advantage of a spacious practice ground with one Bermuda and two bentgrass greens. Forget your equipment? There are Titleists for the taking and the rental clubs are Callaways. The course makes use of the rising ground of Pinnacle Peak, and some tee drops measure over sixty yards. The water hazards are particularly impressive on three of the holes, a standout being the short par 3 11th, which is tucked into a deep valley. Estancia is a challenging course with great maintenance and a fine variety of holes.