Pine at McCormick Ranch Golf Club
The Pine Course at the McCormick Ranch Golf Club offers mature pines, in an appropriate contrast to its sibling golf course, the Pine Course, and is also narrower than the other golf course. What they have in common include the facts that Desmond Muirhead designed both of them and they both date back to 1972; recent renovations have also given both golf courses new greens, sand traps and bridges.
The Pine at McCormick Ranch Golf Club measures 7,187 yards, kicking off on a 398-yard par 4 that requires tee shot toward the fairway's center, leaving golfers a mid- to short-iron from the green, which slopes narrowly. Things get long by the fourth hole, one of four par-5 holes that come in at over 500 yards; this one, for example, makes you place your drive well toward right-center if you want to shoot for it in two. Close out the round of golf on the 18th hole, another long one, at 517 yards from the blue tees, and a tight hole to drive that will, thankfully, provide your last test for the day.
|White (W)||72||6371 yards||75.9||130|
|Brown (W)||72||5993 yards||73.3||126|
|Red (W)||72||5333 yards||69.9||117|
|Blue M: 74.3/130||398||387||390||537||185||419||599||211||434||3560||410||443||579||218||404||470||401||185||517||3627||7187|
|White M: 70.5/127 W: 75.9/129||341||354||355||511||141||383||556||175||365||3181||363||370||519||178||342||401||372||166||479||3190||6371|
|Brown M: 68.7/119 W: 73.8/125||322||343||333||487||109||368||533||141||357||2993||335||350||497||158||318||375||357||144||466||3000||5993|
|Red M: 65.1/114 W: 70.2/115||289||308||310||469||96||336||468||125||326||2727||276||320||476||115||271||277||328||100||443||2606||5333|
Ain’t what she used to be
Played the Pine Course 12 years ago. Since then, has it gone downhill. Carts as old as the hills. Clubhouse and facilitiies in desperate need for updating and course in so so condition. Greens were acceptable, but fairways had tons of burn out spots. No better than many of the much lower price level Sun City Courses. For such a great in town location, these McCormick Ranch courses need new management and better greens keepers.
Pine Course -Great Value
I was very impressed with the course conditions! I've played a lot this summer and a ton of courses are burnt out, patchy fairways, bumpy burnt greens. etc. McCormick's superintendent did a great job prepping this course for the summer. The whole course was green, perfect lies in the fairway, rough was thick and lush(it was refreshing to see longer rough, nice to know someone can grow grass in the desert like they can in the midwest)firm but receptive greens that rolled nicely, For the money you won't find many that are better this one!
In Decent Shape for Hot AZ Temps
I've reviewed this course before. The course is a reasonable challenge, the conditions were above average for courses here this time of year, and pace of play was never an issue--played the entire round with no one ahead and no one behind. The fact that it was 108 probably explains why.
I found the course to be a very good play. Greens rolled very true and were in good condition. Some bare spots in fairways as expected this time of year. Staff was very efficient and friendly. Only issue was the condition of the bunkers. Very thin layer of sand in many resulting in some less than desirable shots. This course being older is very much like what is found in Florida on older courses. I enjoyed it and will play again.
Where are the marshals when you need them? Never saw one ALL day!!!
Played the Pine Course in under two hours for the front nine.
We pull up to #10, and all of a sudden there is a threesome in front of us that wasn't there during the front nine. Made for a frustratingly long back nine as the threesome in front of us were nothing but "hacks" and had no golf etiquette to let us play through.
A Good Solid Course
The course is starting to show its age, but it remains a good solid course. The layout is certainly above average, with the par 3s all playing a bit long (especially in the wind). The fairways and greens are in decent shape for this time of year ( i.e., we are in transition from rye to the summer bermuda). There were areas of the rough that were well worn and being worked on to get them back before summer. All in all, it is a course I continue to play often--mainly because it is just a short distance from my office and home.
a fun course to play with wide open fairways, although the course shows the result of heavy play
Watch for sneaky water coming into play and study the layout first before you hit
Played on a Saturday. Pace of play on the front was slow but the back was wide open. It’s Saturday, I was expecting worse.
Greens were excellent. Staff was great. Driving range was on real grass. I’d totally play it again. .
Good resort course
A course with a good design, a bit too wet.
All the rest is fine,
Well.........it was interesting.
So, first time at any McCormick course, the temp was in the 70’s but it was windy.
First I’ll say that I enjoyed the course layout, some challenging holes, strategy was involved, the wind added to it.
I found the fairways and greens to be in very condition, the bunkers were playing very firm.
That said it was weird. The lady who checked me in was not friendly, the cart/starting/range people were absent and not very helpful. Being a first time player, every other course I’ve been too has tried to assist me with direction, as to where things are, but not here.
At my tee time I found the first tee box, waited, no one else showed up, so off I went. By the 6th hole I had caught up to a group of five, I was in no rush and started to hit two balls. Then a twosome caught up to me and I joined them. We passed the fivesome at the tenth tee and off we went. Total round took us just over three hours, we never saw another golfer on the back nine. Good conditions and layout, questionable staffing, the Marshall was very friendly though.
Two Course Option
The availability of two courses is always a plus. We played two days and experienced two different courses.
The friendly staff always adds to the positive experience. We didn’t explore the amenities, however, a peek into the restaurant prompted us to return with time for a meal there. We will return for another fun day on their courses.
The layout is fine, not that challenging. Expensive for the conditions of the course, not well signaled and staff seems to be bored and going thru the motions.
Absolutely no rough or even any sort of grsss around the greens and fairways. Mostly hardpan. Course could be ok if they work on that but it makes it look so bad without it.
5 some in front of us slowed play down