A strategic design which brings several lakes into play, the Padre course at the 36-hole Camelback Inn Resort & Spa is a Red Lawrence layout from 1970 that was substantially renovated by Arthur Hills in the late 1990s.
An entertaining layout that has its moments. Credit the Arthur Hills team in updating the original Red Lawrence design.
The course is routed well -- plenty of directional changes and hole diversity keeping you on your toes.
The short par-4 2nd is done well. The fairway tapers for those seeking to go with the big play from the tee. Those failing to get into the correct position will then face an approach angle that's ably defended by a frontal bunker.
The short par-4 12th is also done well with a somewhat similar presentation.
The four par-5 holes all feature water penalty areas which have to b accounted for. The 9th and 18th run parallel to one another and have water seriously a major concern -- but with varied locations in opposite areas near the respective greens.
Even with these engaging holes -- the layout has a number of pedestrian holes that are merely connectors to get from one part of the property to another.
The issue for the Padre Course is that it delivers on having enough of an interest with several strategic holes. Is the course a fountain of compelling architecture of the highest order? No. That's not present here. keep in mind, the bar for golf in the greater Scottsdale area is among the most competitive in all of the USA. Not every course needs to be at the highest of levels when courses are assessed. The Padre Course has enough fun moments and enough challenge to be worthy of a visit. Going with a balanced framework will certainly enhance the experience when there.
M. James Ward