Anthem Ironwood

Anthem CC. Ironwood course by Greg Nash, 2004.

The memorable holes here are on the front nine—everything is through housing, but early holes wander up a hillside and play around and over a natural wash.

The best of these is the short par-4 seventh, which is sort of a three option hole, stay left and below the hole, go right and be up on the level of the green, or try to chance the bunkers and reach the green.

The highlight of the back is the trio of holes from 10-12, which they unfortunately talk up as the “Anthem Corner.” The holes all have water in play, but it’s more than water features that make the Amen Corner famous.

The 10th is a downhill par 4 with a peninsula green. The 11th has a peninsula green, too, but this long par 3 also has a small pond in the front left of the green, so there are precious few places to miss here.

The 12th is a long par 5 with two ponds in play. There’s one to the right of the fairway, which the hole turns around. The second shot must contend with a wash that crosses the fairway—and if you choose to carry it then you also need to be aware of the hole’s second pond, which sits to the left of the green.

Arizona 5th Decile [2016]

#11 (Credit: Club Corp)