Course Review - The Foothills Golf Club
From the designers who brought Arizona, Troon North and the TPC Stadium (the
Phoenix Open course), comes this refreshing surprise in the buttes of South
Mountain. Even today, this links-style course, designed by Tom Weiskopf and Jay
Morrish, remains a diamond in the rough in the designers’ portfolio. The
Foothills layout is similar to that of the TPC Stadium course and the risk to
reward factor is very apparent on each hole. Varying elevations, rolling
fairways, thick rough, fast paced greens, and 65 bunkers provides numerous
challenges throughout the round. Hit shots downhill and pitch to greens beneath
you, negotiate subtle fairway humps and tiers, and find the right break on the
expansive putting surfaces. The Foothills provides a plethora of shot-making
opportunities. There is even the Weiskopf trademark: a drivable par 4, the 298
yard, 6th hole. Despite its challenges, the layout is very playable, whether you
blast from the tee box or rely on short-iron legerdemain, and provides an
engaging, accommodating and felicitous day of golf.
The signature hole is the 8th hole. This par 5 winds
downhill and can be reached with 2 long rips. The temptation for the dramatic
shot is tantalizing especially on the second shot, where you must avoid the
large pond on the right and behind the green.
Other Information - The Foothills Golf Club
Practice Facilities: Well kept practicing facilities are complete with
driving range, putting and chipping greens, and practice sand traps. Practice
balls are extra.
19th Hole: The Double Eagle Grill restaurant is only a part of the
fabulous facilities at The Foothills. Banquet rooms, two spacious outdoor
covered patios for up to 250 guests, and a 144 seat theater with performing
stage, lighting, audio/visual equipment are available. There is also a snack
bar, and drink cart.
Clubhouse: The newly remodeled full service clubhouse and pro shop
facility is set on a rocky prominence with panoramic views of the golf course
and surrounding Estrella and South Mountain ranges. There is also a locker room
at this beautiful facility.
Designer: Tom Weiskopf and Jay Morrish
General Manager: Mic Sternard
Superintendent: James Stow
Golf Lessons There is a full staff of PGA professionals on hand to help
you improve your game.
Grass type: Bermuda with rye grass overseed during the winter months.
Fivesomes are allowed with prior approval.
Walking is permitted.
Recommended handicap: With four sets of tee boxes, players of all levels
and skills (scratch golfer to a 75 handicap) can enjoy the experience and
challenge of The Foothills. It is also a very woman friendly course.
1 -10 Course Rating by Meridian’s Golf Specialists: 7 ½
Comments by Meridian Guests:
- “I loved the elevation changes and the varied scenery throughout the round.” I
am a low handicap and I played with my son who is a beginner. We both were able
to really enjoy the course. It was a perfect choice.”
- “Weiskopf had the regular golfer in mind with this one.” “Challenging but not
The Drive: Many guests play the Foothills the day they arrive or the day
they leave because of its proximity to Phoenix Sky Harbour Airport. It is
30 minutes from Meridian CondoResorts.