One measure of what I would call a great golf course is when I play it for the first time and walk away saying I can’t wait to play it again. A lot of elements have to come together in perfect harmony; course conditions, design features, playability, good practice facilities, friendly and helpful staff, comfortable clubhouse and 19th hole, and how did I play…meaning do I want to come back because the course won or did I do so well that I want to do it again. For the record, I cannot wait to play Gallery South again, and the sooner the better. By the way, the course won, at least this time.
Situated in the Dove Mountain Mecca of great golf courses, The Gallery Golf Club features two outstanding tracks. The North Course, designed by legendary John Fought with the help of past British Open winner Tom Lehman, plays up and back down two canyons in the Tortolita Mountains. A lot of elevation changes provide for some dramatic views out over the valley floor, as well as some very challenging golf holes. The South Course, also designed by Fought, is a very different experience. Laying out on the desert floor with dramatic up close views of the mountains above, the South is considered a shot-makers course. Most of the fairways are very generous in width; just avoid the well placed bunkers. What makes this such a unique golf experience, my partners and I decided, has to be the greens. These greens are some of the biggest I have ever played. Saying good shot because your approach is on the dance floor means nothing, you may have a 150 foot three putt in front of you. Fast with subtle undulations, and a generally crowned edge makes for a good test of both short game and putting.
One of the prettiest holes on the course has to be the par three #8. At only 171 yards from the tips (thankfully there are five sets of tees at The Gallery), the hole is framed by the mountains behind it and fronted by a rock wall that, trust me, you need to carry. The cluster of greenside bunkers quite literally melts into the desert floor creating a very unique effect. The par five #10 has to be the signature hole. A split fairway divided by a manicured arroyo offers several choices on where to put your next shot to give you the best approach. Think your way carefully thru this hole or pay the price.
The Gallery is a private club and offers all the benefits attached to that. Not only are golf privileges available to members but there is a state of the art Gallery Sports Club with a fitness center, tennis and basketball courts, bocce, croquet, volleyball, swimming, you name it…everything you need for an active and healthy lifestyle. You can enjoy these benefits with others who have worked hard to enjoy life as much as you do.
The Gallery offers many opportunities to enjoy the facilities with various membership offerings, including full golf, corporate, junior and Sports Club. A very popular option is the one year Trial Golf membership that includes full use of all of the clubs amenities. Contact the Membership Director for details and information on how to share in the Gallery experience. As the name suggests, The Gallery is truly a work of Art, something to be enjoyed inside and out!