Course Review - Golf Club at Rancho Mañana
Rancho Mañana is one wild ride! Roller-coaster changes in elevation plunge you
down into canyons and valleys and up into the hills as you soar from tee to
green. In saying it’s popular with the locals, we also include the quails,
hawks, coyotes, and even deer that are frequently seen on and around the
course. The elevation changes breed great views of the mountains surrounding
the area, where saguaro cactus forests seem to loom over your every shot.
Players come back with tall tales of “true desert golf.”
Tucked away in the mountainous Cave Creek area, this course has spectacular
views on almost every hole. Don’t let the shorter distance fool you. The
exquisite Par 70 layout will challenge all levels of golfers, demanding finely
tuned accuracy off the tee. Errant tee shots will certainly find its way into a
desert filled with ocotillo, saguaro, ironwood, palo verde and cholla. The
greens are also challenging with severe slopes. You want to keep the ball below
the hole to avoid downhill putts that may run pass the hole and off the green.
Rancho Mañana is also a favorite among women: Golf for Women magazine voted it
one of the top 100 women friendly courses. Built in 1987, Rancho Mañana gets
better each year as it matures.
To pick a signature hole at Rancho Mañana is like
asking Tiger Woods to pick his favorite hole in one. There are just too many
fabulous ones to choose from. However, the 7th and 9th holes
are par 3’s with dramatic elevation drops offering spectacular mountain views.
Don’t forget your camera
Other Information - Golf Club at Rancho Mañana
Practice Facilities: Driving range, putting range, chipping green with
sand traps. Range balls are extra.
19th Hole: In 1999, the Tonto Bar & Grill was rated the #1 Golf
Course Restaurant in the State of Arizona. Not only does this restaurant offer
a wide variety of delicious culinary delights, but also spectacular views of
Skull Mesa, Elephant butte, and the nearby Tonto National Forest. There is a
snack bar and a drink cart.
Clubhouse: Full service clubhouse and locker room. There is also a full
service spa at Rancho Mañana.
Golf for Women named it as one of the top 100 women friendly courses. In 1999
the Tonto Verde Grill was rated the #1 Golf Course Restaurant in the State of
In 2007, Golf for Women Magazine ranked Rancho Mañana as #26 in the “Top 50 Golf Courses for Women”. Criteria
for the honor includes course design, conditioning, and a welcoming atmosphere
as well as that extra quality that makes it a magnificent golf experience for
Designer: Bill Johnson
Director of Golf: Mike Allred
Grass type: Bermuda grass with rye overseed during the winter months.
Recommended handicap: Anyone with a golf handicap under 36 will enjoy
the golf experience at Rancho Mañana. It is a fun challenging course for all
levels of golfers.
1 -10 Course Rating by Meridian’s Golf Specialists: 9
Comments by Meridian Guests:
- “It was the most fun I ever had on a golf course.” “The views were
magnificent. Next time I am going to bring my camera.” “A true desert golf
experience. The scenery was truly spectacular.” “I enjoyed my round at Rancho
Mañana even more than the TPC Stadium course.” “I can’t wait to play it again
- “In 4 years of coming to Scottsdale for golf vacations, I had never heard
of Rancho Mañana. I am so glad that Meridian recommended this course. It turned
out to be our favorite. We will play it every year.”
- “I played Rancho Mañana five years ago; and, I thought it had nice
scenery, but the course was not a premium course. Since then, they have
obviously put a lot of time and money into it, and turned it into an
exceptional golf course.”
The Drive: Located in the mountainous Cave Creek area, the 30 minute
drive goes by quickly as you see thousands of beautiful
saguaros along the mountains.