We’ve all seen our favorite golfers attempting to find the #17 island green during The Players Championship. Now you can experience that same feeling for yourself at the signature hole of Poston Butte Golf Club in Florence.
An oasis in the Southeast Valley of Phoenix, this Gary Panks designed championship par-72 course features wide, lush fairways surrounded by vibrantly contrasting landscaped desert. The greens, recently resurfaced with premium ultra-dwarf Mini Verde grass, roll fast and true with the perfect composition of guarding bunkers and relief areas. Playing up to 7,282 yards with five different tees to choose from, the course challenges players of all levels.
Poston Butte encompasses everything you expect from Troon Golf. A friendly staff, extraordinary playing surfaces, and an extensive retail shop highlighted with a wide selection of current fashions. Before your round you can experience the elaborate practice facility including dual full swing hitting areas, an intricate short game complex, and a 7,000 square foot putting green.
If you’re looking for a memorable golfing experience at an unbeatable value, than Poston Butte Golf Club is the place.
. . . representing the gals
READER REVIEW: by Lynn Pittenger
We arrived at Poston Butte Golf Club about 40 minutes before our tee time. We were promptly greeted by a friendly outside service attendant who informed us that there was going to be a frost delay (not a huge surprise as it was a very cold morning in Florence, AZ). We were checked in by a friendly staff and headed out to the range to get warmed up.
The practice facility was large and very nice. All of the golf balls were in great condition and the practice tee had good quality grass to warm up on. I was pleasantly surprised to find the practice putting green was in equally great condition, and rolling quite fast. The chipping green was quite large with several target holes to choose from and it had a nice blend of short grass and longer fringe as well as a nice big bunker to practice from.
Before we went out onto the golf course I visited the bathrooms at the clubhouse. I was pleased but at this point not at all surprised to find them nice and very clean.
The golf course was very green and in great shape. There are tees ranging from 5,297 from the front tees (where I played from) to 7,282 yards all the way back. I typically hit the ball pretty straight off the tee and I found Poston Butte to be very generous, however it became much more challenging on the approach shots and around the green when I missed them. The greens on the course had a lot of slope but they rolled very true which overall made putting very fun.
The service on the course was great as well. We saw the beverage cart at least three times during the four hours it took us to play and was well stocked with a variety of snacks and drinks.
All-in-all I really enjoyed Poston Butte. The golf course was in great shape, the staff was friendly and helpful, and the pace of play was right on target. But if I had to narrow my day down to my two favorite things it would be 1) the beautiful island green par-3 17th hole. and 2) the fact that I birdied 17 and 18 to beat the guys!
. . . representing the guys
READER REVIEW: by Steve Grosz
The first thing you need to know about Poston Butte Golf Club is the location—Florence, AZ. It is quite a trip to get there, but once there is definitely worth the time.
We arrived for our 9:26 tee time on a cold morning. We were greeted quickly by a staff member at the Bag Drop. He handed us a tee sheet, and informed us immediately that there was a frost delay of approximately 45 minutes. Our bags were loaded on carts, and we were escorted to the practice facility. Almost immediately, the starter found us, and asked if we would want to move up if there was a chance to do so. The outside service staff was great and kept us very well informed about our tee time.
The practice facility was excellent, with fresh range balls. The chipping green had space to hit a lot of different shots, and a very good practice bunker. The practice putting green is over 7,000 square feet, so we weren’t bumping into others while getting a feel for the greens. It is very nice that both the chipping and putting greens were the same consistency and speed as the greens on the golf course.
The golf course is very fun to play, with tees ranging from 5,297 to 7,282 yards. On the whole, the golf course is player friendly, but challenging at the same time. The Gary Panks course design has wide fairways that don’t punish you off the tee, but in order to get to some of the hole locations you must get to the correct side of the fairway. The fairways are lined by landscaped desert, which allows you at least a shot back to the fairway. For the most part, houses don’t interfere with play.
The green complexes are very challenging. Each green has multiple potential hole locations, and getting close to the hole is usually difficult if you are out of position in the fairway. The greens were in excellent condition, and very fast.
There are a good variety of par 3’s, each requiring a different club and strategy. They range in distance from 166 to 235 yards (from the back tees). The signature hole is the par 3 17th, an island green that plays anywhere from 75 to 169 yards.
Yardages are marked on the sprinkler heads to the center of the green (it would be nice to have distances to the front and back of the greens as well). There were a couple of holes that were a little difficult to understand from the tee, so I would recommend a course guide or yardage book to make things easier.
The beverage cart was efficient and well stocked, we saw her three times during the round. After the round, we had lunch at the snack bar. It is not extravagant, but has a good selection of fast sandwiches and drinks. All of the seating is outdoors, and there was no heater, so cold days will be a bit chilly.
The course is walkable, and the pace of play was good. We finished in just over 4 hours; probably due to the landscaped desert making it easy to find shots that didn’t find the fairway.
All in all, we really enjoyed the great service and fun on a well conditioned golf course. It is a North Scottsdale quality golf experience for a lot less money.