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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 6815
Slope 145
Rating 73.5
Type Private
The golf course at the Ancala Country Club is a challenging course set in the Sonoran desert, nestled in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains. The fairways and undulating greens, known for their speed, are immaculately manicured. The course has a target-style layout with well-placed bunkers guarding most of the landing areas, including the greens. A lake runs the length of two holes, creating water hazards, and desert ravines run across the lush fairways. The course is known for the challenging game it offers, making shotmaking and accuracy a priority. Ancala Country Club also has five sets of tees for several different golfing options.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Professional/Gold 72 6815 yards 73.5 145
Championship/Green 72 6241 yards 71.2 139
Back/White 72 5812 yards 68.9 134
Back/White (W) 72 5812 yards 73.8 136
Middle/Black 72 5185 yards 66.0 125
Middle/Black (W) 72 5185 yards 70.8 125
Forward/Silver (W) 72 4344 yards 65.9 114
Scorecard for Ancala Country Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 73.5/145 361 466 499 438 215 356 556 198 372 3461 406 191 415 372 503 304 482 228 453 3354 6815
Green M: 71.2/139 346 419 465 378 191 312 520 172 340 3143 371 173 389 312 488 274 454 198 439 3098 6241
White M: 68.9/134 W: 73.8/136 332 381 449 381 170 296 494 160 312 2975 350 155 351 274 463 155 399 198 392 2737 5712
Black M: 66.0/125 W: 70.8/125 301 348 431 355 151 270 430 129 284 2699 305 127 319 236 386 221 374 172 355 2495 5194
Silver W: 63.9/114 277 308 393 296 89 227 388 71 224 2273 261 100 287 166 345 169 309 155 279 2071 4344
Handicap 13 1 11 3 7 15 5 17 9 4 18 6 12 10 14 16 8 2
Par 4 4 5 4 3 4 5 3 4 36 4 3 4 4 5 4 5 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 11 7 5 1 15 13 3 17 9 4 18 6 12 10 14 8 16 2

Course Details

Year Built 1991
Fairways Bermuda 328
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Perry Dye

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared shirt required, no denim

Reviews

2.5
3

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Family Dining 1
Course Challenges Include:
Narrow Fairways 1
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 1
This Course's Location is:
In the 'Burbs 1
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Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Ancala Country Club: Golf's Version of a Crowded ...

Pick the environment - A train. Cab. Elevator. Theatre. Can of sardines. Keeping that thought in mind (one of claustrophobia), I always recall golf courses that were built upon too little land, often times shoehorned into developments where the game was viewed in a secondary fashion. Long dead Turtle Creek Country Club in San Antonio was one of those. Yet Willinger's Golf Club in Minnesota and the original design of Longbow, in Mesa... these are (or were) all designs that actually make you feel pressured by a lack of space and that's simply because the designers used so little turf to play upon. Years ago, I had a chance to play a few rounds at Sahalee, outside of Seattle. This was where Colin Montgomerie said: "From above, I'm sure it looks like you can only walk single file down the fairway." While it was true as to the tightness of the course due to the trees, it was STILL playable. That CAN NOT be said about Ancala. This is quite literally Red Mountain Ranch's Soul Mate. Nut and Bolts: Website - Spool up the website and the first thing you see is a pop-up that offers the next TEN GOLF MEMBERS a $3500 discount and complimentary cart fees for the next 6 months. Click on the Learn More button and what do you get? Hmmm.... Dye-Design Golf. LOL. Uhhh, that ain't Pete, by the way. ARCIS Golf. Ooooff. Not a good gig there, either. Nate Oberhofer is the Head Golf Professional and THAT is the one HUGE positive that this membership has going for it. Driving - Pete's son Perry Dye designed this course, thus the Dye-Design moniker. For the most part, the driving is pretty tight. Looking at the yardages below, you can see that taking a 3 metal or hybrid, even a long iron on many of these tees will just make sense. Approach shots - Tees at 6800, 6250 and 6000 with slopes at 139, 133 and 130. You choice will dictate what the loft will look like for the incoming iron play. The greens are notoriously firm, so keep that in mind. Green Complexes/Surfaces - Small to very small. Most often there is open area to play the ball on the ground into the greens, but, again, the surface areas are minimal. Turf conditions on the surfaces have never been to my liking. Not sure if it is simply a cost-driven consideration or if the club wants hard, firm, fast on small, hard to hold greens. Their call, not mine. Staff and Membership - This is one of those places where the ego is allowed to run rampant. The members are terrifically proud of their course and often that mind-set is amplified by the Staff. Pride is one thing. Hubris is another. That has ALWAYS been the case with Ancala. I'm not sure if a propensity for haughtiness and arrogance is included in the membership review (and given a big green check mark), but there are a few clubs in the Valley that suffer from it. As Kurt Vonnegut would say in his book Slapstick: "Hi Ho!" Experience it once and tell me I am wrong.
Staff Friendliness Fair
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Fair
Course Layout Fair
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played
Good weather
Used cart

poor layout

Ancala is a private course that features a golf course that is incredibly tight. The tee shot is the hardest shot on each hole which gets rather repetitive. The course feels too packed together as the houses are very close to the fairways and seem like they bear down on you. A few holes on the course are simply dumb, like number four. The course plays extremely short as it is always as hard as a rock. Greens are normally decent but also rock hard so not too playable for an average player.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Fair
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Accuracy off the Tee Box!

Private course with a great staff. I played a complimentary round and they were very accommodating. Course was in great shape (especially for the summer in Scottsdale, AZ). The course is very narrow and the greens are often protected with bunkers or have false fronts. Ancala defines Desert Golf to a tee (no pun intended). It's a challenging course but if your accurate of the tee box you will be fine. I would definitely recommend this course to a friend.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Quality of food & beverage Fair
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent

Stay & Play Offers

$110 Starting price
Valid dates: Aug 13, 2018 - Dec 31, 2019
The Penn Ohio Golf Trail consists of courses mainly in Western PA and Northeast Ohio. What sets us apart is that we offer 29 different courses; including 4 private, members-only country clubs, 2 former LPGA courses, and many of the top courses in Ohio and Pennsylvania (including Pennsylvania’s #1 public course – Olde Stonewall). We offer 4 Mansions (for groups of 2 to 36), 10 hotels and customer service beyond any major resort. Our Mansions feature large common areas, pool tables, poker tables, big screen TV’s with the luxury of the entire group together in a large home setting.
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