Golf Course Overview
Talking Stick Golf Club offers players two uniquely different courses hosting a variety of options. The course has hosted many events, including the PGA Tour Qualifying School in 1998 and 1999, and The Gateway Tour from 2002 to 2004. The golfing property has been the recipient of numerous accolades, including the title Best Public Course in the State for 2002-2004 by Golfweek and a slot in Golf Magazine's Top 100 Courses You Can Play in 2002 and 2003.
The design team of Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw has created two courses that blend wonderfully into their tranquil surroundings, offering golfers a relaxing atmosphere yet challenging play. “Talking Stick's north course, with its broad, angular holes rewards thoughtful play through the rise of its many options according to one's level of skill. Its low-profile, slightly crowned greens and close-cropped approaches encourage running as well as aerial assaults,” says the design team. “The South course, with its tree-lined fairways and raised greens defended at the sides offers a more straightforward style of play.”
The north course measures 7,133 yards from the championship tees, with a USGA slope of 125 and USGA rating of 73.8 and 5,532 yards from the front tees, carrying a slope of 122 and a rating of 70.4. The south course measures 6,833 yards from the championship tees, with a USGA slope of 129 and a USGA rating of 72.7, and measures 5,428 yards from the front tees with a slope of 125 and a rating of 70.1.
The practice facility at Talking Stick Golf Club is considered one of the best in the valley, housing a putting green that exceeds 17,000 sq. ft. The driving range tee pad is 150 yards wide and nearly 50 yards deep, ensuring the turf remains of superior quality throughout the year. The range also exceeds 360 yards from one end to the other, so golfers needn't worry about running out of room.