Longbow Golf Club

This course is located on the east side of the Phoenix metro and was also fairly accessible.  Though it is somewhat in the city it provides a unique desert setting with giant cacti and rumors of rattlesnakes. The course provides an interesting mix of long and short par fours along with probably the best group of par 3’s I’ve played in a while. Of the two courses we played, Longbow was the more compelling layout that provided more opportunities to make a mistake as well as score. Being closer to the population base, you could see the use that the course was getting: noticeable pitch marks in the green and the receiving areas of the course that had plenty of un-repaired divots. This could have been because a recent Women’s NCAA tournament was held at the site (again a nod to the strong layout). There were some things that showed sometimes of neglect as it was clear that none of the bunkers had been raked for at least a day. Longbow also didn’t provide the resort type of feel that Ak-Chin did i.e. there was no cook to prepare breakfast (so we had toast), the range wasn’t open before we teed off, there was little to no drinking water throughout the course and no in cart GPS. Again, we were the first group out for the day and paid $100/person.