Scottsdale, Ariz. – Troon,® the leader in upscale golf course management, development and marketing is excited to announce a new partnership with Uber, the innovative technology company known for seamlessly connecting riders to drivers through its mobile apps and evolving the way the world moves. Continue reading “Troon Announces Partnership with Uber”
We’ve been hearing a lot about PXG… But what is it? Is it a new performance enhancing drug? Is it a new cable TV channel? Is it a hot new nightclub? Nope… PXG stands for Parsons Xtreme Golf. Continue reading “PXG: Golf Clubs Unlike Any Other”
It’s cold on Arizona right now, but it won’t be that way for long. This is our “week of winter” and temperatures will be back in the 70s this weekend. Good thing, because I am playing golf on Saturday. I played last weekend and the high was 59… When the sun dropped behind the mountains, it got cold. Real cold! But winter will be over before long, and 100+ will be here before we know it.
Golf at SunRidge Canyon is an adventure, where nature plays a profound role in establishing the layout among the ridges in Fountain Hills in some of the most picturesque and dramatic stretches of natural land in the Sonoran Desert.
Nestled between the canyon walls and foothills of the McDowell Mountains, on the edge of Scottsdale, this Keith Foster-layout features scenic elevation changes, bold design features and natural beauty that is simply awe-inspiring. From its beginning and all the way through the signature “Wicked 6” stretch of finishing holes, it’s no wonder why SunRidge Canyon is consistently ranked in the top 25 “Best Courses You Can Play” in Arizona by Golfweek and Golf Magazine and also hosted the 2014 PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada.
“We are pleased to be involved with SunRidge Canyon Golf Club,” stated John Easterbrook, executive vice president of operations, Troon. “The property is well known for its unique location and impressive championship golf course and we are excited to offer our popular Troon programs. We are confident that Troon’s impact will contribute positively to the overall value and experience.”
The club is nearing the completion of a half-million dollar enhancement project that boasts new Champion Bermuda greens, expanding putting surfaces, enhanced playability and even improvements to its expansive practice facility, which will host nationally recognized instructors. Upon the club’s re-opening on October 2, 2015, SunRidge Canyon will welcome and participate in proven Troon programs such as Troon Rewards, Troon Golf Vacations, Team Troon group/tournament opportunities and more. SunRidge Canyon will immediately be added to the popular Troon Card program as a participating club for Arizona and National TwoSome and FourSome card programs.
SunRidge Canyon is now also the global home to Hot Stix Golf, the leader in technology-based club fitting by certified club-fitters utilizing proprietary fitting software and state of the art technology.
“We are thrilled to welcome Troon’s expertise to SunRidge Canyon Golf Club,” said Don Misheff, owner of SunRidge Canyon Golf Club. “SunRidge has long enjoyed a great reputation and we are excited about our new alliance and are confident that both local and traveling Troon customers and members will appreciate the golf, dining, instructional and club-fitting experience offered here at SunRidge Canyon. Our staff takes great pride in providing our customers a total experience that doesn’t end on the 18th green.”
With its “best in state” rankings, culinary delights, vast golf instruction and club fitting amenities, SunRidge Canyon is certainly the place to play, stay and enjoy.
After #TheOven14 I took a week off to rest. I mean, after 36 holes at Troon North Golf Club and 36 holes at Grayhawk Golf Club, I was tired! Oh, and don’t forget a few hours at Topgolf at Riverwalk, dinner at Mastro’s Steakhouse and sliders at the Dynamite Grille. It was a crazy weekend, to say the least. So I took a weekend off to rest. By Wednesday I was getting the itch, and I booked a tee time at Kierland Golf Club. Kierland is close to my house, and I love the layout. It’s not traditional desert golf, and the fairways are somewhat forgiving. It gave me a chance to grip it and rip it without the fear of losing a ball. My buddy Mike McGreevy joined me, and I added my pal Jim Fleck late. Shane Bacon from Devil Ball Golf was going to play, but he needed to work on Sunday.
The tee time was 12:45, and we got to the course around 11:30. I rolled a few putts, and headed to the driving range. Let’s just say it was obvious I had taken a week off. I was hitting the ball like crap. Mike and Jim made their way over, and I started topping shots. It was horrible. I was so mad at myself, I quit hitting balls and went over to the chipping green. Things were looking up, and we headed to the first tee.
They have 27 holes at Kierland. We played the Mesquite Course and the Ironwood Course. I hadn’t played Mesquite Course before, and it ended up being my favorite of the three. I really liked the layout and even Mike said he enjoyed the course. On the first tee, I smoked a drive right down the middle and had an eight iron into the green. The pin was in the back, and I hit it to about 15 feet. I missed the putt and started with an easy par. I managed to par the next five holes… I was getting bored. I decided to bogey six.
When I play, I typically will track my round on Twitter. I created @FGRickyTracker to model @GCTigerTracker. It is fun to track my rounds, especially when I hit a bad shot. I guess I like making fun of myself! It’s also fun when I am playing well. I tracked my round on Sunday, and made a comment about being bored making so many pars, so I decided to make a bogey. Hole seven is a short par 5, and I crushed my drive right down the middle. I had about 235 yards left, and while that is a little more than I can chew with a hybrid, I hit the hybrid anyway. I hit it perfect, but a little high. That left about 35 yards to a middle pin. I grabbed my 56 degree wedge, waggled, and said to myself, “Just hit this close. Give yourself a chance.” I hit it close… The ball landed, checked and rolled in the hole. I made it!!! Eagle.
That was fun. I headed to eight, a long par 3. It was about 168 yards to a back pin. I hit a 6 iron, and hit it a little thin. After yelling for the ball to bite, it disappeared behind the green. Not having played this course before, I was worried it was long. Come to find out it was a false front and I was still putting. It was about 35 feet moving left to right from there. I stood over the putt, and said, “One time. Just get this close.” I made it!!! I went bogey – eagle – birdie to go from +1 to -2 just like that. I was loving it. I ended up making bogey on 9, but who cares… I just shot 35 on the front! I was pumped.
On the back, I was hungry. I told the guys, “I haven’t shot under par in a while… I am hungry. Let’s keep this going, shall we?” I crushed my drive down the middle of the fairway, and left myself about 145 yards to another back pin. I hit an 8 iron to about 3 feet. Boom! I was -2 under par and feeling great.
I will spare you the details, but the back 9 was fun. I would make three more birdies on the back (making birdie on three of the final four holes) to shoot 32 on the back. I am not sure I have ever shot 32 in my life! 18 was fun, too. It is a long par 5 with water down the right hand side. I hit a driver left, and had about 240 left. There is a large lake right of the green, so I played it safe and hit a 4 iron. I left myself about 30 yards. I proceeded to hit a wedge to about 4 feet, made the putt, and ended with a birdie to shoot 67. It was literally the round of a lifetime.
My lowest round to date was a 68 at TPC Scottsdale on the Champions Course. The par on that course is 71, so shooting 67 on a par 72 means even more. Think about it… I had 2 bogeys on the front and still shot -5. Both bogeys I made were easily avoidable… I just missed short putts. Regardless, it was a lot of fun, and I am glad that I was able to share it with good friends.
I have played a Kierland a few times, but it is quickly becoming one of my favorite courses in the Valley. Especially after that round. Thanks for letting me tell the story. Just think, guys on TOUR are doing this every week. Rounds like that not only make golf fun, but keep me coming back for more. Watch, I will shoot 84 this weekend!