SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 18
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SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 18
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club can be a demanding golf course. The par-4 18th is no exception. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
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SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 1
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SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 1
A giant saguaro flanks the tee on the short par-4 first hole at SunRidge Canyon Golf Club northeast of Scottsdale. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 4
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SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 4
The fourth hole at SunRidge Canyon Golf Club is a 427-yard par 4 with fairway bunkers on the right. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 5
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SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 5
The par-4 fifth is one of the tougher holes at SunRidge Canyon Golf Club in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 6
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SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 6
The tee shot on the long par-4 sixth hole at SunRidge Canyon Golf Club isn't easy. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 8
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SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 8
The par-3 eighth at SunRidge Canyon Golf Club can play as long as 243 yards. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 10
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SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 10
The 10th hole at SunRidge Canyon Golf Club, at 308 yards, is a risk-reward par 4. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 13
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SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 13
The 13th at SunRidge Canyon Golf Club is the longest hole on the course at 578 yards. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 14
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SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 14
The 181-yard par-3 14th at SunRidge Canyon Golf Club plays from an elevated green. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 16
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SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 16
The par-5 16th at SunRidge Canyon Golf Club is reachable in two for long hitters. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor
SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 17
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SunRidge Canyon Golf Club - hole 17
A large bunker guards the green on the par-3 17th, which can be played from two separate teeing grounds, alternated daily, at SunRidge Canyon Golf Club in Fountain Hills, Arizona. Mike Bailey/Golf Advisor

SunRidge Canyon Golf Club just northeast of Scottsdale, Arizona is demanding and picturesque

FOUNTAIN HILLS, Ariz. -- SunRidge Canyon Golf Club isn't particularly long, but it can be demanding.

At 6,823 yards, this Keith Foster-designed par-71 golf course winds its away around rugged ridges and canyons through the desert terrain. The course gradually descends on the way out before doubling back to climb up the slope on the way in.

It's also a natural layout. Foster didn't move much dirt to build SunRidge Canyon, which demands accuracy off the tee and the approach shots. There are risk-reward opportunities with a short par 4 and some reachable par 5s, but discretion is warranted to shoot a good score.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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