There are a number of Native American resorts across Arizona that host quality golf clubs for their patrons. The Sewailo Golf Club at Casino Del Sol stands out for having hired Notah Begay III, a Navajo/Pueblo and former PGA player, to design its layout. Begay worked alongside former Robert Trent Jones II associate Ty Butler to create a route well-stocked with risk-reward options.
Enjoy a drink at the turn because you’re about to begin perhaps the toughest two-hole stretch in the state. The No. 10 hole measures an eye-watering 640 yards from the tips, featuring a lake that contends with the tee shot, a forced creek carry midway, bunkers guarding all the corners at this double dogleg, and finally an approach into a tight hour-glass-shaped green that is squashed by bunkers at the hips.
In case you weren’t already sweating from the Arizona sun, the following par four comes in at 504 yards, and features an angled tee shot to a fairway set up above a deep, sandy wash. Typically casino guests plan to lose their shirts at the tables, but these two holes alone will offer ample opportunity.
A beautifully maintained course with a variety of nice holes, makes this course a pleasure to play. It can be difficult (it's the home course of U of A) but the many tee box selections allow you to play to your level.
Most of the holes have generous landing areas and are straightforward in their design (tee box, fairways, greens, and desert all around) Two holes share a double green -- #1 shares a green with #8 (are we in Scotland??). Bunkering is placed in the fairway and near greens to frame your shots. Water is in play on a few holes (especially all along the right side of 18). #3, for example, is a carry over water but at only 155y from the tips, it's a relatively easy play. #6 is one of those double dogleg Par 5s (not one of my favorite designs).
The amenities are also top notch and the service is wonderful. The course is managed by Troon Golf and it lives up to Troon's standard of service. A hotel/casino is located on site.
Starr Pass and Desert Mountain may have better reputations, but this course holds it's own as a nice play to play.