Located in my hometown of Scottsdale, Arizona, Gainey Ranch is one of my favorite tracks in the valley. I had the opportunity to play a few rounds there in Nov/Dec of 2016, and the course was is fantastic condition.
The 27-hole Gainey Ranch Golf Club is a private course, so you must know someone who is a member to play there… However, you may be able to sneak in a tee time if you call and try to reserve for yourself.
Not overly challenging, but a fair amount of O.B and sand traps, Gainey Ranch is a feel-good course that you can go really low in scoring. The 3 nines are called Lakes, Dunes and Arroyo, all offering panoramic views of the McDowell Mountains. The fairways are tight, with thick rough lined up with trees on most holes (it’s not a desert course). The grass is well-kept and greener than any course in Arizona. I shot one of my best rounds there in recent memory (75), and I even missed a few putts under 3 feet!
The most picture-perfect hole at Gainey is the 9th (above) — a par 5 with water running along the right side all the way up to the peninsula green with a huge waterfall behind it. This is really golf at it’s finest!
The clubhouse, restaurant and other facilities around Gainey are luxurious to say the least. People around this area have money, and lots of it. If you ever find yourself in Scottsdale and want to experience the real “Scottsdale lifestyle” — then head over to Gainey. You can party that night down the street in Old Town Scottsdale – home to all the flashy bars and clubs!