Course Review - Las Sendas Golf Club
Robert Trent Jones Jr. has designed a desert testing site for your “A” game.
Hidden in the shadows on the White Tank Mountains, Las Sendas Golf Club in Mesa
has one of the highest slope ratings for a public course in the country and
highest slope rating in Arizona. This secluded desert course possesses a calm
beauty that can be deceiving. The prescription for success: Drive it both
straight and long from the tee. Repeat with a long iron to reach the green.
Elevated tee boxes, overlooking lush expanses of rolling turf, dotted with sand
bunkers and surrounding bent grass greens lie virtually unnoticed amid the
granite topography. The fairways move considerably through the natural lay of
the land and by the constructed contours and swales that often mark Robert Trent
Jones Jr. designs. Keeping the ball in play presents less of a problem than
correctly negotiating his bunkering and intended strategies.
The front nine starts with a long par 4 that banana-bends around an impressive
lake encompassing the entire right side of the fairway. Any slicing tee shots
will be swallowed up by the cavernous pit hiding to the right of the rough. The
approach must be feathered between bunkers to a sliver of green. A par on this
whole is well deserved.
The back nine ends with a double dog leg par five with 536 yards of double
lake-threatening, cacti infringing, bunker hampering feistiness leading up to a
tightly placed, lightning fast green, placed between a right–side sand bunker
and looming water (and a little bunker for emphasis) on the left side. It’s a
long walk home.
Las Sendas is not a
course contrived with artifice, decor, or railroad ties, nor is it a target
course. It is a strategic course, so learn the preferred route from tee to
green. It is also a Wild West Course, and you'd better bring your six-gun,
because you're going to have to shoot it here. Las Sendas’ spectacular views of
the Phoenix metropolis help soften the demand of managing your game through the
rugged terrain, nearly 1800 feet above the desert floor. This high desert
course, built in 1995 features enough variety of terrain to challenge the most
experienced golfer. Las Sendas requires you to think your way around to play it
well. Here, old foxes can outwit young limberbacks. Just hitting the ball will
not be enough. You must favor the correct sides of the immaculate fairways to
obtain the best angles to the greens. Las Sendas is a second shot golf course
with demands on power and accuracy. The greens are fast, large, undulating,
elevated and subtle. However, be very precise when you read the break to avoid
slipping past the hole, as the land mostly falls toward the southwest and the
grass grows toward the setting sun.
To pick a signature hole at Las Sendas is like asking a
parent to choose their favorite child. Each precious hole created by Robert
Trent Jones, Jr. has its unique personality and is so memorable. After you leave
Las Sendas, you will continue to think about each hole and you will miss them.
Quote, from the
designer, Robert Trent Jones Jr. “Las Sendas is not a golf course through the
desert or planted on a desert. It is a golf course in the desert. It is a course
which attracts you with its beauty and challenges you with its shot options.
You’d better bring your six-gun. You’re going to have to shoot here!”
Other Information - Las Sendas Golf Club
Practice Facilities: A driving range, large putting green, and a separate chipping green with sand
trap bunkers are kept in immaculate condition. Range balls are included.
19th Hole:Enjoy fine casual dining at The Grille at Las Sendas. There is also a snack bar
and drink cart
Clubhouse: Enjoy the friendliest staff in the valley at the well appointed, full service
Ranked #1 Public Course in Arizona by the Arizona Republic.
Golf Digest 4 1/2 Star Rating.
Golf Shop Operations – 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003.
Named one of Golf Magazine's "Top ten you can play"
Designer: Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Director of Golf/Golf Pro: Mark Flowers
Golf Pro: Marc Orlowski
Superintendent: Paul Preston
Grass type: Greens: Bent grass Fairways: Bermuda grass
Recommended handicap: Las Sendas is an extremely challenging course and will be frustrating for anyone
with a handicap higher than 25. The better your game, the more you will enjoy
your experience at Las Sendas.
1 -10 Course Rating by Meridian’s Golf Specialists: 9 ½
Comments by Meridian Guests:
- “Beautiful fairways, unfortunately I spent most of the day in the desert or in
the sand.” “It is a nature walk through the desert, attracting you with beauty
and challenging you with shot options. You can't wait to get back and play it
- “There were a couple of holes where the cart paths were not paved. I was amazed
to learn that the dirt paths were strategically placed so the desert would come
into play in those areas.” “Even though I was overmatched by the course, I still
loved the views and just took in the scenery.”
- “I felt I was on the pro tour. The conditions were that good with immaculate tee
boxes, fairways and greens. Even with the great conditions, it was a tremendous
challenge on every hole.” “I did bring my “A” game, but it wasn’t enough.”
The Drive: 30 -35 minutes, but well worth the trip.