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OB Sports has made a remarkable impact on golf throughout the Southwest. That’s especially so in Arizona, where the Scottsdale-based company boasts 20 properties that benefit from a proven track record in golf course agronomy, staff management, membership strategies and marketing. And of those courses, few have benefited more and soared higher than Eagle Mountain Golf Club.
A daily fee golf club located just east of Scottsdale among the heaving desert canyons and weather-worn escarpments of Fountain Hills, Eagle Mountain opened in 1996 when desert golf courses were popping up at a lickety-split pace.
The 6,800-yard Scott Miller-crafted layout made a head-turning splash with its gracefully sculpted greens and fairways that incorporate natural box canyons, massive bowls, dry creek beds, steeply banked barrancas and 50-mile views of surrounding mountain peaks.
“Colorado golfers are very much attracted to Eagle Mountain,” says OB Sports Marketing and Sales Director Brian Benitz. “The course offers dramatic mountain panoramas, towering saguaro cactus, and well-orchestrated shot values that underscore a truly challenging routing.
“I think that when most people picture a mountain desert golf course, Eagle Mountain checks every single box,” he says. “The property is dedicated to quality — including a modern cart fleet, first-class amenities and a dynamic playing experience. Everything about Eagle Mountain is constantly getting better.”
One particularly visible example of the property’s commitment to excellence is a just-completed fairways renovation project that has resolved reoccurring issues involving poor drainage, soil compaction and the debilitating effects of reclaimed city water.
“The fairways project has had a huge, beneficial effect on the overall golf experience,” says Benitz, detailing the course’s new turf, soil and more than 30 new drainage basins that redirect salt- and chemical-laced reclaimed water away from sensitive roots and high-traffic areas. “And, the new course superintendent brought in new technology and a fresh set of eyes that in just one season have really solved a lot of problems.”
Speaking of seeing clearly, don’t overlook Eagle Mountain’s casual dining grille, golf academy, and professional catering and events staff for small-to-large celebrations and gatherings. For easy access overnights, the Inn at Eagle Mountain — located next to the course’s celebrated 18th hole — is appointed for luxurious interludes.
Even more premier golf is nearby, including Longbow, McDowell Mountain, SunRidge Canyon, Tonto Verde, Troon North, Verde River and We-Ko-Pa. For a listing of outstanding golf properties in the Phoenix and Scottsdale area, click here.
Chris Duthie is a Durango-based contributor to Colorado AvidGolfer. Colorado AvidGolfer is the state’s leading resource for golf and the lifestyle that surrounds it, publishing eight issues annually and proudly delivering daily content via coloradoavidgolfer.com.