The Canyons Course is the perfect compliment to the Palmer Course. Rated more difficult than the Palmer course, the Canyons has two distinct front and back 9 layouts.
The front 9 plays a lot like the Palmer course, however the back 9 demands length and precision to narrow targets. Every hole is distinct in its features utilizing every club in your bag. Like the Palmer Course, the back 9 of the Canyons was designed by Arnold Palmer.
Fairway metal off the tee, which slopes to the water hazard. Keep approach shot to the right avoiding the lake guarding the green left. Use an extra club to long, elevated green.
Keep the tee shot left to avoid the desert to the right. Second shot should stay left as well to avoid the desert that borders the hole throughout. A well bunkered greenside puts a premium on an accurate tee shot.
Desert landscape both right and left off the tee puts emphasis on an accurate drive. A well angled drive on the left side of the fairway will leave an uphill approach to a long, sloping green.
A drop in elevation requires less club than usual. Long, narrow green with a hazard left and a mountain on the right.
Out of bounds left down the entire hole and a hazard 200 yards out on the right creates a visually intimidating tee shot. Once in the fairway, play a forced carry over a hazard to a large green.
A Downhill tee shot to a sharp 90 degree turn in the fairway that stops short of the pond about 200-220 yards from the tee. The difficult second shot requires a carry over the pond to a narrow, long green surrounded by desert on the left and pond on the right.
Short par 3 over a lake to a severely sloped two-tiered green guarded by bunkers at every angle.
Keep tee shot left to avoid hazard existing down the entire right side. Second shot going too far leaves a blind, uphill shot to a large green. Do not miss green to the right.
Steep downhill elevation change requires less club than yardage indicates. Water hazard to the left and beyond the green.
This hole plays the longest and is the most difficult par 4 on the Canyons. An uphill, blind approach shot surrounded by elevated canyons on the right and desert on the left makes this hole visually intimidating.
A strategically placed drive down the left side of the fairway will leave an approach with a great angle into a green guarded short by bunkers and a pond.
The shortest par 4 on the course demands an accurate wedge shot to a heavily guarded green. A waterfall cascading down from left of the green leads into a stream that guards the front and flows into a pond right of the green.
Several fairway bunkers will make this hole a challenge off the tee for players of all levels. Be aware of the elevated green and the false front as approach shots need to carry to the middle third of the green.
The longest par 4 on the scorecard plays downhill to a well designed green guarded short on both sides by sand. Hit your shot left and your ball will be in Arizona and/or another time zone.
This hole plays difficult if your tee shot lands anywhere on the left fairway or rough. Aim right off the tee to avoid carrying a water hazard for your approach shot to a short, difficult green.
The only par 5 on the back is well defined by its large landing areas, however play an extra club for the approach shot as the green is well elevated. A less undulating green will give an opportunity for players to score well.
The toughest par 3 on the card that plays approximately 1 ½ clubs less than the yardage. An approach shot hit right or long of the green will hopefully offer a member’s bounce onto the green.
The finishing hole on the Canyons demands accuracy off a severely sloped fairway. A shorter, uphill shot to an elevated green leaves little room for error.