Sometimes we all just need to get away and go play golf at someplace new, different, and out of town… but not so far away that you spend all day getting there. Poston Butte Golf Club in nearby Florence is just such a place. Only a few years old, this Gary Panks designed course is managed by Troon Golf, well know for managing quality facilities around the world. The course is nestled in the latest Anthem master plan community built by the Pulte Group and yes, affordable home sites are available, but
not so close as to be intrusive on play, unlike many community golf courses.
First impressions mean a lot in the golf business and there are many first and lasting impressions to be taken from your experience at Poston Butte. You begin with a very friendly, helpful, and knowledgeable staff; from the bag drop, to the golf shop, to the on course starters and marshals. Your first look at the golf course tells you that this is going to be a challenging yet enjoyable experience. Each hole is defined by red crushed granite making for a very neat and crisp look. Instead of the dense desert that seems to eat errant shots at most courses, this surface makes it easy to find wayward balls and is very playable without destroying your clubs. Fairways are generous off the tee and often punctuated with large and manicured bunkering. Trust me; you don’t want to end up in any steep and deep fairway bunkers, I found out the hard way. Well placed tee shots will leave you a good look at most holes and depending on which set of the five tee boxes you choose, not necessarily a long iron approach. But as one of my playing partners said, “It’s not a problem getting to the greens; it’s what happens when you do get there.” The greens at Poston Butte are as fast and smooth as any greens I have ever played. Even if you can read the break, some subtle and some extreme, you have to figure out the speed quickly before the three putts start to add up.
Trust me; you don’t want to end up in any steep and deep fairway bunkers, I found out the hard way.
Both of the nines end with a par 5, leaving you a good chance to score at the turn and the finish. Number nine in particular stands out as a great risk reward hole. A good tee shot will give you a chance to carry the cross bunker on the second shot and leave you a short approach. Miss either of those and pay the price trying to land it on a well bunkered and undulating green. While all the holes are unique to each other (one true mark of a good design), none are more special than #17. A par three with an island green, it is reminiscent of the same numbered hole at TPC Sawgrass. 169 yards from the tips and obviously all carry, somehow the rather large green seems to shrink while you’re teeing it up. There is a lot of water ALL around the hole.