Troon North - Monument Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.4

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Scottsdale, AZ
Website
Date Last Played: May 31, 2009

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Troon North - Monument Course Review

Wow - the Troon North Monument course has got to be desert golf at its best. But hold it, what about the Troon North Pinnacle Course - it is also fantastic. Ok, they both have to be the best of desert golf. In fact, Monument was rated the 4th best resort course in Arizona and 45th best resort course in the nation. And Pinnacle was rated the #1 resort course in Arizona and 21st best in the nation.

And what a fun course to play - lots of variety, plenty of challenges, beautiful scenery, and a little bit of everything that makes playing golf fun. You'll find dog legs, ups and downs, blind shots, huge traps, well protected greens, a couple risk reward opportunities, and beautiful desert scenery. #15 is an example - a perfectly manicured fairway leading to a small green protected by a couple traps, a huge bolder strewn mountain on the left, boulders on the right, and a beautiful view of the valley in the back - over drive the green and you're down toward the valley. The bent grass fairways meander up and down the desert and are lined with some huge beautiful homes, tall cactus of of all shapes and sizes, and a wide variety of desert fauna some of which was in bloom. The local wildlife of bobcats, thousands of bunnies (no, not Playboy bunnies), birds, lizards, and more line the greens, rough, and fairways watching you try to par each hole - kind like the crowds watching Tiger play.

The fairways on The Monument Course are wide and forgiving and sculptured with berms, mounds, and lots of natural areas waiting to catch your ball. For example, #3 is a 564 yard par 5 #3 handicap hole with a huge rock monolith right smack dab in the middle of the fairway where you need your drive to land to make the dog right shot to the green - you could take the longer safer route to the left of "The Monument" but why not go for the riskier shorter and tighter shot to the right - but miss and you will find par is hard to come by as you search through the cactus locking for your ball.

The fairways are rolling and contoured on the back nine and they seem much more open and forgiving than the Pinnacle. The Monument course is a tad easier based on the rating of 72.9 and a slope of 147 - that's still high and tough. Conditions are fantastic and near perfect - the fairways have few divots and are lush, the rough is cut short and is perfect, and the greens can't get much better. In addition to near perfect conditions, this 18 offers lots of variety and some very fun and scenic holes with a lot of unusual rock formations. Lots of Kodak moments and sometimes it's hard to pull you eye away from the view finder to keep it on the ball for your next shot.

The greens are all different sizes, are in excellent condition, pretty fast, have some slope and undulation, and all seem well protected with some huge bunkers.

Either of the Troon North courses are a must play and if you can stand the heat, the twilight rate makes this a perfect 10 course and a must play if you're in the area. Here is a link to the review of the Troon North Pinnacle Course. We played Troon as a part of an fantastic golfing vacation to Scottsdale and you can learn more about this vacation and the other 114 holes we played by reading this Golfing Vacation in Scottsdale.
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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7,025 73.0 147
Gold 6,645 71.7 137
Blue 6,268 69.4 130
White 5,779 68.0 125
Red 4,883 64.4 116

Course Information

Course Architect:
Tom Weiskopf & Jay Moorish
Greens Type:
Bent Grass
Greens Condition
10.0
Greens Difficulty
7.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
No
Scorecard
Course Map
Beware of water on 3 holes and the 59 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.4 out of 10
Beauty:
10.0
Difficulty:
8.5
Variety:
10.0
Fun to Play:
9.0
Value:
9.0
Condition:
10.0
Front Nine Rating:
9.5
Back Nine Rating:
9.5
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$45.00 to $225.00

Service is excellent - you're met at the bag drop and your clubs will magically appear in your cart and the cart lady shows up at the right time. The pro shop is very well stocked and the grill offers a variety of good food. Practice facilites are good.

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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. 

 

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