StoneRidge Golf Course

Head Golf Professional: Denise Hyland
Course Architect: Randy Heckenkemper
Par 72 – 7052 yards from the tips
Slope/Rating:  72.2/142; 69.0/132; 66.9/124; 68.6/133; 67.2/127
1601 N. Bluff Top Drive
Prescott Valley, AZ 86314

As the heat index rises in the valley, head north to Prescott Valley where the air is cool but the golf is hot! Situated on Bluff Top drive, there is no bluffing on this course. You want to bring your A-game for this sacred round of golf. Sacred, you ask?  Built on traditional Native American land, respect for ancient burial grounds was a serious consideration in the way architect Randy Heckenhemper carved this course out of the desert canyons. A medicine man blessed each hole before completion. It was also a sacred round for all the “Thank Gods” expressed for lucky bounces, birdies and an eagle.

Environmental washes posed an additional challenge to the course design, but resulted in a uniquely contoured layout that blends with the land. You feel a combined respect for the game of golf as well as past heritage, culture and the environment. The diversity of desert, valley and canyon landscapes, provide a variety of views and shot strategies. Above 5,000 feet in elevation, the opportunity for dramatically elevated tee boxes such as number 8’s par 3 can cause club contemplation when the “windage” consideration exceeds that of the elevation.   April brings the hope of spring with striking Redbud trees in full bloom, Mexican poppies and baby birds popping out along the way. Summer months provide the lush green freshness you long for in the hot valley south.  

The positive thought on the tee or fairway for many holes on this course should be “canyon carriage!” It is a big hitter’s delight, but aesthetically and mechanically fun for all. Open to the public at reasonable rates, memberships are also available. Check out what specials are offered. Showing on our cart was Sunday brunch and 18 holes of golf for $40, a no brainer deal. 

Head Pro, Denise Hyman has a lovely smile that expresses her passion for golf and this particular course. The full service shop has a nice selection of attire, accessories and authentic art at reasonable prices. The restaurant is cozy with a large outside patio providing panoramic views to make any event memorable. Individual character of each and every hole makes this course a blast to play. Try it and you will want to come back again and again.

Written by Danny and Alice Scott, Couple of Travelers and founders of Butthead Covers, Inc.

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