Pristine Second Season
When member Jerre Stead couldn’t take the demise of Hassayampa Golf Club in Prescott, Arizona, he did something about it. He purchased it and took two years to revive it. Derived from the Grand Canyon state and Prescott as the former state capitol, the new name is Capital Canyon Club with the famous county courthouse in the logo. GM Laura Scrivner with Jamie the superintendent, Pro Ron and designer Tom Weiskopf toured the layout with a paint sprayer, drawing new lines for tee boxes and such, capitalizing on the beautiful mountain terrain. The result is a challenging track that members love to play and replay. Managed by Troon Prive, the private club division of Troon, the course condition is pristine in its second season. The air is fresh (albeit thin at 5600 feet, reaching 6000 on the black tee box of number 4) and the views are inspiring.
Holes are as pretty looking forward as looking back with Ponderosa Pines, streams, lakes and outcroppings. The closing holes are a crescendo of difficulty and beauty. #15 is a beast from the tips, as you have to drive at least 240 yards to reach the fairway with no room for error. Par achievement is compounded by the steep uphill climb to the green with a Stonehenge formation in the middle. The #4 handicap rating rather than #1 is questionable. #16 is a 170-yard target green across a deep ravine with a large boulder complex on the right side. Any miss could be double bogey bound or worse. #17 makes a back-to-back difficult par 3 challenge. Carry another deep ravine from 204 yards to a wide but skinny green. #18 resembles 15. From the tips, you wonder if you have enough power to reach the fairway with no bailout, no get out of jail card. The fairway seems like a sanctuary if found, then the approach is all up hill with a small stream interrupting the fairway. From the green a glance back brings deep satisfaction regardless of the score.
Great golf is preceded or followed by great food. Compliments to Chef Scott on his menu selections and tomato basil soup of the day with lump crab drizzled with a balsamic reduction. The members’ calendar is filled with Taste of Country nights, special and recurring events such as Girls & Grapes, Studs & Suds, as well as field trips to discover local sites. How about a Yappy Hour and a family cooking class or fireworks from the driving range on the 4th of July? For access to the clubhouse, fitness center, pool, golf and activities, 7 diverse membership packages, including a new corporate offering are available as well as breathtaking home sites.
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