Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia

Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia
Course Architect:  Gary Panks
Par 72 – 7291 yards from the tips
Slope/Rating:  73.9/134; 72.2/129; 70.5/125; 68.9/120; 75.6/144; 72.2/128
12575 W. Golf Club Drive
Peoria, AZ 85383

Happy Valley Road off I17 leads golfers to a happy place, through the grand entrance of Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia. Waterfalls cascade over the high stone walls, surrounded by gorgeous blooms in every shade. Inside, the green grass and cheerful staff invite you to check in at the clubhouse, and proceed to the practice facility where a pyramid of balls awaits your warm up swings. The adjacent chipping/putting green transitions you to the first hole where a starter such as Wayne prepares you with info and strategy for a successful round.

Fairways throughout the course are guarded by native prairie grass where chipmunks frolic on a sunny day but where you do not want your balls to stray. It is not as thick as when the course first opened, so you have a better chance of spotting your ball if you err and playing it where it lies. Search the clumps if not readily apparent, or you can institute the safe local rule of dropping at entry point and take a penalty stroke. The fairways are wide enough to avoid the rough, but watch the slopes for your ideal landing area.

While the prairie grass gives the impression of a Midwest course, you are obviously not in Kansas anymore when you view some of the magnificent Arizona scenery in the distance, or when you have a mystery ball disappear in the contrasting mesquite trees.

Gary Panks’ brilliant design makes this course challenging but fun to play. In fact, Vistancia is one of only 23 courses nationwide that received Golf Digest’s 5 star rating. That is reason enough to check it out. The price compared to the east side is another reason to play. In the few years of operation, the neighborhood has matured with housing, shopping and amenities. Many of the fairways on the course are now lined with homes, large and small, that are all impeccably maintained with beautiful landscaping and inviting patios. You get a warm sense of community. Once you try it, you may want to buy it. And if you do, now is the time.
Written by Danny and Alice Scott, Couple of Travelers and founders of Butthead Covers, Inc.

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