Estancia Club - Scottsdale, AZ
The Estancia Club opened in 1995 on the the northern slope of Pinnacle Peak in Scottsdale, Arizona. In one of America's most golf dense locations, The Estancia Club has found its way to the top of Arizona's "best of" lists. Designed by Tom Fazio, the course does an excellent job of living up to it's ranking. The course plays home to several tour pros and features a course record by Bubba Watson. Not just a course record but a personal best, 58, for Mr. Watson. The course is no pushover either, carrying a slope of 148 and a course rating of 74.3.
Estancia provides a good mix of scoring opportunities and difficult holes, and I would capitalize on several of the par 5's. The first bit of excitement occurred while I was going for the rare triple sandy on the par 5 9th hole. After finding the first two legs of the triple, I narrowly missed the green side bunker, giving up the triple sandy. However, I would almost find the hole for eagle. I would be fortunate to tap one in for birdie.
The second bit of near glory happened on the 17th hole. After a great drive and a 2 iron that bounced down onto the green, I had great look at an eagle. As the ball broke towards the hole, i felt the excitement come over me... the excitement of a long putt finding the hole. Shortly after feeling this excitement, I felt the devastation of a putt that appears to mysteriously float over the hole. The good news? Feelings of devastation do not last long at The Estancia Club.