The Piipaash course at the Talking Stick Casino/Hotel/Resort designed by Bill Coore & Ben Crenshaw is a very average golf course suitable more for people who rarely play. This is a bad choice to play for avid golfers, particularly those interested in golf architecture. Nearly every green is sloped back to front and the only question is which way is the tilt. The only real variety I found in the greens were on eight which is slightly crowned, ten with a false front, twelve with a swale on the left front to send balls into the bunker, and thirteen with a raised “island” green.
To be fair, the land is flat and uninteresting yet I know many outstanding golf courses built on a flat piece of land.
The only two holes I liked were nine, a par 3 of 177/155 to a slightly raised green and thirteen, another par 3 which has a raised green and is well surrounded by bunkers. Some of my playing partners also liked fourteen, a par 5 requiring one to carry a chasm.
For people coming from out-of-town give this one a miss and play the O’Odham or go elsewhere, even if staying at the casino.
When one thinks of Coore/Crenshaw designing Sand Hills, Bandon Trails, Streamsong Red, Cabot Cliffs, and Frair’s Head, it is hard to even fathom how this course could have possibly happened unless one assumes the purpose was to provide a public option for people who rarely play or for those who like to walk without any effort.
Date: March 09, 2020