Eagle Mountain Golf Club: Scottsdale Golf on Another Level
Lofty location high in the McDowell Mountains offers Sonoran Desert golf with a view
Vacationers from across the globe travel to the Valley of the Sun to play golf. When picking places to play, it makes sense to choose at least one that captures the unique spirit of golf in the Sonoran Desert. Eagle Mountain fits this unique niche perfectly.
Extraordinary Views from Elevated Vantage Point
After touchdown at Sky Harbor, most golf vacationers find themselves traveling northbound on the 101 through Scottsdale. As they gaze starboard, a saddle-shaped mountain marks the direction to Eagle Mountain as well as the essence of what makes the golf experience so special – its elevated location.
Eagle Mountain’s lofty vantage point high in the McDowell Mountains offers extraordinary views (Photo Gallery) that stretch for miles. In fact, a nearby roadside scenic overlook built long before the golf course shares the same commanding views. Next time you’re cruising towards Fountain Hills on Shea Boulevard, swing into the pullout near the top of the mountain and see for yourself.
Unique Sonoran Desert Golf Experience
The elevation changes found throughout the golf course add an element of beauty and challenge to the layout as it plunges through thickly vegetated arroyos and sweeps across sundrenched desert ridges. Desert comes into play throughout the round with bold as well as conservative options baked into a design that is more forgiving than it appears. Several of the corridors slope toward the center of the fairways providing a helpful kick. However, the other side usually falls dramatically into Saguaros, Mesquites, Palo Verdes and all manner of wildlife.
After blasting a drive over the ridge on the first hole named Taking Flight, golfers get a preview of the risk-reward challenges they’ll face throughout the round. A few holes later, the par-5, 4th also plays downhill with a tempting opportunity to give it a go in two after a strong tee shot. The balance of the font nine features holes dubbed Washout, Arroyo Run and On the Rocks, while the backside features holes appropriately labeled Ascension, Staircase and The Chasm.
The course ambles along with a variety of scenic holes leading up to 16 and 17, which bend around the belly of a steep mountain. On the finishing hole, golfers scramble up to the tee box to launch their drives from the dramatically elevated location. Named That’s Golf, the 18th features one of the most spectacular views found on any golf course in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area.
Dining and Special Events with a View
Golf is not the the only action at Eagle Mountain to take advantage of the wonderful views. The Grille serves up breakfast, lunch and early afternoon appetizers behind floor-to-ceiling windows overlooking the golf course and the Southeast Valley. Wednesday night’s Boarder Disorder dinner buffet offers a hearty helping of Southwestern-inspired fare and drinks specials.
The Overlook Pavilion dresses up as an idyllic wedding location for ceremonies, receptions and other special events. This climate-controlled facility opens to a neatly manicured event lawn. Of course, the same wonderful views are on full display. At sunset, it’s one of the dreamiest places on the planet.
Wedding goers – and golfers – looking for a quiet place to lay their heads won’t need to go far from the clubhouse. The Inn at Eagle Mountain is located along the 18th hole. The Courtyard Scottsdale at Mayo Clinic sits just down the hill; We-Ko-Pa Resort is minutes away in Fort McDowell; and nearby CopperWynd Resort offers incredible views from the other side of the McDowell Mountains.
Eagle Mountain is a great place to shave a few strokes off the game. Headed by Derek Nannen, The Eagle Mountain Golf Academy is one of the premier golf schools in Arizona. His experience on the PGA Tour and Nationwide Tour – added to the club’s fantastic facilities – sets the stage for productive learning sessions for golfers of all abilities.
Scottsdale’s Sonoran Desert Golf
Golf destinations worldwide stand out in their own unique way, and in the Valley of the Sun that means desert golf. To be fair, there are a host of solid parkland-style golf courses, but that experience can be found just about anywhere. So, next time Uncle Joe drops into town from Chicago, take him to Eagle Mountain Golf Club. If he isn’t already a fan of Sonoran Desert golf, he will be.