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Mesa del Sol Review

Texas Outside Rating: 7.0

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Yuma, AZ
Date Last Played: February 19, 2011

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Mesa del Sol Review

Mesa del Sol’s front nine was designed by Arnold Palmer and the course opened for play in 1979.  With four sets of tee boxes and yardage ranging from 5392 to 6767 yards, fairly generous fairways, and no tricked up holes, Mesa del Sol Golf Club is very golfer friendly for all skill levels. 

We thought the front nine was fun to play and the most challenging – it’s a little longer from all the tee boxes, has water that can come into play on five holes, and has 28 of the 38 bunkers waiting for your golf ball.  Plus you’ll have some tough approaches, forced carries, dog legs, plus mounds and swales to keep you focused on your game.  The fairways on this nine are lined with homes, some of which are beautiful, and a few of the holes have the mountains as a backdrop.  Score well on this nine and you’ll have a good round.  Some examples of a couple fun and challenging holes include:

  • #3 is a dog leg right 521 yard par 5 that has water from the tee to the 150 yard marker on the right (high risk reward opportunity to try and carry it to shorten the hole) and then water on the left from 150 yards out to the green – plus the fairway is a little tight
  • #5 is a challenging 167 par 3 with carry over the pond to a green guarded by bunkers in the front, left, and back
  • #9 is a good finishing hole that’s 545 yards to the pin with a narrow fairway, thanks to a lake on the left side from 175 yards out to the green

The back has some interesting holes including an elevated tee box to a dog leg right fairway with mounding all along the left side, a couple good risk reward opportunities for a birdie if you think you can carry the trees and avoid the houses, some uphill shots over a hidden pond encroaching into the fairway, and a couple challenging greens with severe slope.

When we played Mesa del Sol the conditions were not the best – the fairways were spotty, the greens were patchy and bumpy, and the rough was a mixture of grassy spots and dirt.  We heard that a water pipe had broken and they were unable to keep the course watered.  A couple people who we talked to said that last year the conditions were much better – around an 8 versus a 5 when we played.   Most of the fairways are lined with homes on one or both sides and it’s not that hard to put a ball in a back yard.

The greens are about average size and range from fairly flat to some with severe slope and a few greens will challenging your putting with slope,  tiers, and undulation.  The greens ran fairly true, held the ball ok, and reading the breaks was straightforward.  The bunkers were ok with thick and heavy sand and about average lips and depth. 

Pace of play during the winter season can be very slow thanks to fivesomes, retirees, snowbirds, and lots of golfers who want to play Mesa del Sol.  Also, the dogs barking on several holes is a little annoying – at one house three basset hounds were going crazing with howling and then their neighboring dog friends joined in – needless to say, when I sprayed the ball, I blamed the dogs!

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 6,767 71.8 124
Blue 6,299 69.9 117
White 5,875 67.3 110
Red 5,367 71.0 118

Course Information

Course Architect:
Arnold Palmer
Greens Type:
Bermuda
Greens Condition
7.0
Greens Difficulty
7.5
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Yes
Scorecard
Course Map
Beware of water on 10 holes and the 38 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
7.0 out of 10
Beauty:
7.0
Difficulty:
7.0
Variety:
7.5
Fun to Play:
8.0
Value:
7.5
Condition:
5.0
Front Nine Rating:
7.5
Back Nine Rating:
7.0
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$25.00 to $50.00

Service is ok, the grill has a variety of grub, the pro shop is well stocked, and the practice facilites are ok.

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Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.