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bunker is eating up a lot of C+ tee shots” and we took it in a little bit on the left side so more shots ended up in the fairway, that hole would lose some of the charm and thousand-year-old natural flow that makes the property so wonderful and popular. Another non-typical thing for Scottsdale golf you’ll find at We-Ko-Pa’s Saguaro course – Links-style design. The course is built for walking and guests can play any shot you would normally play on the East coast, like low runners. Lonna Tucker Players won’t be penalized too badly for missing greens Cholla’s eighth hole is a downhill, dogleg-right par- 5 with extraordinary views. A well-placed by a few feet and, the approtee shot gives players a greatat chance to get home in two. priate shot shaping will serve you well on Saguaro. or layup, and players will have a great time if that’s their style. There are a few extra scoring The routing and playing-style differences opportunities out there, however, if you can cut between Cholla and Saguaro are noticeable, but a few corners while staying in the fairway. the commitment to an unbelievable experience, and attention to detail, is the same throughout On the Saguaro side, the first time out can the entire property, regardless of season. And as present a little change-up for people who are we inch closer and closer to yet another incredeither used to traditional desert golf, or they ible winter golf season here in the Valley of the haven’t played a Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw Sun, let’s not forget the exceptional work – from design before. We try at all times to keep that exceptional people – that goes into creating an wonderful, natural aesthetic the prolific design unforgettable round. duo worked so hard to build into the property without letting it get so overgrown it loses the reason for it in the first place. There’s a sweet spot there we’re constantly checking and rechecking. On Saguaro, we strive for the intended, seamless transition from fairway to rough, rough to trouble and trouble to natural desert. We work tirelessly to make sure it plays how it was intended to play and looks like it was indented to look regardless of season. Coore and Crenshaw didn’t move any dirt to complete the design on Saguaro, so the dips, turns, arroyos and elevation changes have Lonna Tucker been there for hundreds if not thousands of years. If we The view from the green on Saguaro’s eleventh hole offers dramatic views of Red Mountain in the came out and said “well, this distance, the untouched Sonoran Desert and the adjacent We-Ko-Pa Casino Resort.

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