Talking Stick Golf Club boasts two Coore & Crenshaw-designed courses open to the public. Fairways on the shorter South layout are routed around a number of man-made water hazards which come into play at five of the holes.
Coore and Crenshaw are often lauded as one of the best golf course architects of the last 20 years and their courses appear in the top 100 rankings of many publications.
Where there is a top, there is a bottom and after having played half of their courses, this course is at the bottom. Whereas its sister North course has intriguing challenges off the tee some sloping to keep you honest and solid green complexes, the South course offers a golfer nothing but flat terrain with "tricked up" water hazards which really seem out of place in desert golf.
It is a shame because the North course, on similar terrain, offers a much more enjoyable day and doesn't deserve to be thrown in with the South. The South isn't all bad, some of the bunkering complexes are interesting and as a resort course, it is in fantastic shape during any season but overall, I would recommend playing the North course a few times if you are doing a stay-and-play and leave the South course out of your plans.