Course Review - Dove Valley Ranch Golf Course
Dove Valley opened in 1998 to rave reviews, including the Arizona Republic’s
award as Arizona’s Best New Public Golf course, and it continues to grow even
nicer as the challenging and graceful layout by Robert Trent Jones, Jr.
matures. At every turn, brilliant greens contrast with the desert's muted
palette of ocotillo, saguaro, ironwood, palo verde and cholla. The very
playable front nine offers the golfer wide open areas mixing in sand and water
with spectacular vistas. The course gently shifts between panoramic openness to
the intimacy of lush desert foliage. By the 11th hole the shift from
traditional style to pure desert golf is complete. With desert looming on both
sides of each fairway on the back nine, accuracy and course management is the
key to scoring well. The course features many temptations to be aggressive and
go for the green, but usually it will take the perfect shot to get it there. If
you play aggressively and don’t hit the perfect shots, you may end your round
with a very high score. Robert Trent Jones Jr. put a premium on strategy and
variety with Dove Valley, which translates into a challenging yet refreshing
round of golf.
There are many well designed holes, but the 2nd hole is the signature hole.
On the tee shot you can go over the water on the right side and try to cut the
angle leaving a short approach shot. However, it is deceptively long to carry
the water and many players have reached into their pocket for another ball. If
you play it safe down the left side of the fairway you take the water out of
play but will leave yourself at least 190 yards for your next shot to the
green. To even complicate matters there is a 20,000 square foot bunker wrapping
behind the green and water on the right.
Other Information - Dove Valley Ranch Golf Course
Practice Facilities: Driving range, chipping and putting green. Range
balls are included.
19th Hole: Restaurant, snack bar, and drinking cart.
Clubhouse: The pro shop is designed in a southwestern motif.
Awards: Arizona Republic Newspaper’s 1998 “Best New Public Course in
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Jr
Director of Golf/Golf Pro: Mike Humphrey
Superintendent: John English
Grass type:Fairways and Greens are Bermuda with Rye overseeding in the
Recommended handicap: With four different tee boxes ranging from 5300 to
over 7000 yards, Dove Valley is challenging to all golfers. Anyone with a golf
handicap under 36 will enjoy the golf experience at Dove Valley. Very high
handicap players may find the back nine to be too difficult.
1 -10 Course Rating by Meridian’s Golf Specialists: 8 ½
Comments by Meridian Guests:
- “I really enjoyed the course, even though I shot a 39 on the front and a
50 on the back”. “After playing Dove Valley I learned the meaning of risk to
- “I loved the double fairway hole. The other three people in my group
tried to cut the angle and drive the green; I played it safe and was the only
one to par the hole.”
The Drive: Located in the beautiful and mountainous Cave Creek. It will
take about 25 to 30 minutes .