GILBERT, Arizona – The Power Ranch Golf Course offers golfers 18 holes of spectacular Arizona championship golf that meander their way through the colorful desert surrounding the Queen Creek Wash while following along with every turn and subtle natural elevation change throughout the area. With its neighbors being the San Tan and Superstition Mountain Ranges, it is no wonder Power Ranch Golf Club (formally known as Trilogy Golf Club at Power Ranch) is known for its spectacular views and picturesque surroundings.
The par 71 Power Ranch Golf Club located in the southeast Phoenix Valley was designed by golf course architect Dick Bailey and stretches over 6900 yards surrounded by beautiful homes and natural boarders that all seem to be in perfect harmony. Numerous undulations and strategically placed mounds and bunkers combined with this natural setting creates a golf course that will challenge both the accomplish player while accommodating the novice player with its multiple tee boxes and wide-open fairways.
Power Ranch’s Head Golf Professional Ed Boyd talked about some major changes to both the greens and bunkers over the next 12-16 months.
“TifEagle Bermuda Grass will replace the current Bermuda greens and numerous bunkers throughout the course will be redesigned to better accommodate both the golfers and the pace of play,” he explained in a post-round interview Feb. 2. “The course is now open to the general public and that it’s prices will be competitive with surrounding courses.”
The Power Ranch Golf Club is also the home of “The Golf Academy at Power Ranch” owned and operated by Mike Schlund PGA teaching Pro who has cornered the market on providing golfers of all ages and ability with an opportunity to move their game to a higher level through both personal instruction and a computerized indoor/outdoor teaching lab that is equipped with the most modern camera and video feedback systems available. Take a look for yourself at www.mikeschlundgolf.com
A visit to the pro shop found a variety of golfing attire and equipment throughout the shop that is arranged in such a way that you just want to buy everything. The staff is courteous and helpful and are there to make your day an enjoyable one. The golf course restaurant is located right next to the pro shop and offers full breakfast, lunch and dinner menus.
Eight sets of tee boxes play to distances and slopes that varies depending on which combination of tees are played. This is a player friendly course, with enough tee boxes for golfers of any skill level to enjoy. My round was played from the White Tees (66.5/112 5721 Yards).
The first two holes on the front nine are relatively straight giving golfers the opportunity to have a fair chance to par both of them. The 3rd hole par 5/502 yards will require a solid tee shot followed by a lengthy Fairway wood and an approach shot that avoids two strategically placed bunkers to the left front and side of the green. The 4th par 3/112 yards 18th handicap hole is a birdie waiting to happen.
The 6th hole par 3 plays 158 yards to a raised green that is pitched from back to front and right to left and with bunkers behind the green awaiting that long tee shot. The 7th hole par 5/538 yards is your first risk/reward hole with a dogleg left protected by bunkers on the left corner and water directly behind the bunkers waiting for the perfect tee shot that just keeps on rolling. The 8th hole par 3/160 yards and 9th hole par 4/336 yards are there for the taking with some solid tee and approach shots.
The back nine was the beginning of a different golf course that played 253 yards longer than the front nine. The 10th, 11th, and 12th holes played fairly straight with bunkers placed to the sides of the 10th and 11th greens and along the 12th fairway.
The 13th tee is located across the Queen Creek Wash, that is Nature’s Signature on the Power Ranch Golf Course. It was obvious that this creek has the potential to cause serious damage to a golf course during heavy rain storms in the Phoenix Valley area. During my round, none of the back nine fairways or greens showed any damage or erosion from previous storms.
The par 5 13th hole plays longer that its 487 yards. This dogleg left fairway has the creek along the left side and a second shot that needs to stay well right to avoid a deep bunker guarding the left side of a raised green on you approach shot. This is a very difficult par 5 hole that can easily result in a bogey or more. The 14th and 15th holes are a good warm-up for what’s waiting for you as you head to the last three holes.
The 16th par 4/385 Yards is an interesting hole that totally depends on pin placement. It’s a relatively straight hole that will require a long tee shot followed by a second shot over a dry wash area to a raised green. The large green has two tiers that basically determine your chances to par this hole. A pin placed on the lower tier gives you a good chance for a two putt par. A pin located on the right side upper tier will require a “laser” second shot to a very non-receptive undulating area of the green. This is why this is the No. 1 handicap hole.
The last two holes are both challenging and are handicapped as the No. 3 and 5 holes. The approach shots on both holes are somewhat difficult and require extra attention. The 18th hole is definitively the Power Ranch’s “Signature Hole” with its tree lined fairway leading to a waterfront green situated just below the beautiful Dorado Stone clubhouse that welcomes you back home from an 18 hole golfing journey around a little piece of “Arizona Heaven.”