Fans of Tom Fazio may want to take heed when the architect discusses his design at the Ranch Course at the Black Diamond Ranch: The final trio of holes "represent the three best finishing holes I've ever designed." That’s high self-praise...we’re not going to weigh in on that argument, but it’s certainly possible the trio are among his most difficult closing holes.
The par five at No. 16 doglegs several times across its 588 yards. No. 17 does not dogleg at all, but as a 250-yard par three, it doesn’t really need to. Finally, at just 415 yards, the closing hole doesn’t seem like much on paper, but it’s a long walk up to the clubhouse.
Whatever you think Fazio’s best trio of closing holes is, it’s worth noting that this trio came at the Ranch course, while many golfers have seen the property’s other course — The Quarry — more prominently on rankings. Like many other properties that differentiate between their most acclaimed course and a “little brother,” Ranch is allegedly the preferred 18 for day-to-day play among members.