Stand Out Holes
It’s a hard task indeed to choose a few highlights from this course as each hole is a viable candidate, but here we go….
The 5th hole is a challenging, par 3 of 206 yards from the black tees. It’s protected by a lake on the left and enhanced by a breathtaking, steep mountain backdrop that hovers over the green. The late afternoon shadows highlight the menacing mountain cliffs and make this one of the most beautiful holes on the course. Only the most courageous golfer will go for the left pin placement protected by deep bunkers that fall away to a tranquil, yet threatening lake.
The Par 3, 9th at 151 yards from the black tees is a welcome relief after the 498 yard, par 4, 8th hole that rightfully deserves its number one handicap. The 9th hole is one of the easiest, a classic, short, downhill par 3, but the green is extremely long and narrow with yawning bunkers. Again, the backdrop reveals the immense desert on the horizon, and spectacular mountain views. The wind can make your club selection extremely difficult, and if your shot is too long, or too short, you’ll be faced with an extremely long putt with perplexing breaks.
This beautiful 556 yard, par 5, 11th is a classic risk/reward hole with a dynamic desert view far below. Not the longest of par 5’s, it can be reached in 2 because it is downhill and sometimes down wind. The tee shot must be placed between the large fairway bunker on the right and the water feature that runs the entire left hand side and empties into a lake that protects the green. A well placed lay up still leaves a demanding pitch to a beautiful peninsula green.
A classic, short par 4, the 17th at 331 yards is for some drivable, although the multitude of bunkers make cautious players choose a more prudent path. As pictured on the Rams Hill scorecard, this gorgeous hole is bunkered on both sides, but does have a sizable fairway on the right for those wishing to play it safe. Like most of the holes, the view of the mountains behind the green makes the second shot special. This mountain backdrop is especially breathtaking in the late afternoon when the mountains crevices and cliffs are highlighted by the setting sun. The long, narrow, and undulating green puts a premium on putting.
The par 5, 18th hole, at 577 yards features a downhill tee shot to a wide fairway that slopes to a large lake on the right. The green is protected by bunkers and a waterfall that cascades into the lake. There’s a slightly uphill 3rd shot to a well designed par 5 green. This is a classic Fazio finishing hole on a breathtaking Fazio golf course. Its beauty is only exceeded by its tranquility and serenity. There is no whining highway noise or a cacophony of sirens, only silence, occasionally punctuated by a coyote’s howl, or a red tail hawk’s distinctive screech. This is not a contrived course. It is blessed with great terrain which enabled Fazio to create an unsurpassed masterpiece in the middle of the immense Anza Borrego State Park.
The 19th hole is the perfect place to reflect on an extraordinary day and enjoy the incredible views of 18th green, the waterfalls, and fabulous mountains vistas. As the day fades into night, you’ll see the stars like never before from your own outdoor, private dining area carved out of a hillside.