The Golf Club at Redlands Mesa is one of the most unique and dramatic courses that I have ever played. Continuously ranked in Golf Digest’s “America’s 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses” since 2005, this layout reminds me of the controversial Michael Stantz designed Tobacco Road in North Carolina. Ranging from 4,890 up to just over 7,000 yards, Architect Jim Engh offers banked fairways for ease of play, 41 unique shaped bunkers to test you and dramatic downhill par 3’s. There are eleven elevated tees which is ideal for ladies. The 4th hole is a short par 4 where you need to conscious of the cliff on the rights with a second that is paramount as the green juts out on the edge of a cliff. Hole #5 is the toughest on the course - a very unique downhill par 5 with a great view of the city and mountains in the background. You need a booming drive to reach the corner of this right angle dog leg so that you can see your uphill approach shot to a two tiered green. The 16th hole is a dog leg left with an amphitheater green banked so your ball should filter to the green but if not you are left with a tough downhill chip. Do not miss this course!
Date: July 24, 2013