By Tim J. Randall
Golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Jr. has dazzled professional and high handicappers alike with his challenging and picturesque designs around the globe. Northeast Mesa’s Las Sendas is no different, sitting among beautiful saguaros and allowing spectacular mountain views 2,000 feet above the Valley.
Las Sendas is flat-out challenging from any of the six tee options. From “The Tips,” the 18 holes of rolling desert terrain stretches to 6,925 yards. As far as difficulty, the top three sets of tees all play with course ratings above the Par 71.
Off the front nine, players face a tough opening with a 459-yard Par 4, followed by a bruising Par 5 measuring 564 yards. The best hole on the outward half is undoubtedly the fourth, a dog-leg right with a desert wash dissecting the fairway and requiring a tactical approach on the tee shot and approach. Also highly enjoyable is the Par three seventh hole, with a gorgeous mountain vista and one of the toughest greens to hit in the Valley—even at 120 yards.
The back nine requires the same shrewd shot making, and places a premium on quality green reading and a sure putting stroke. The two best holes are 15 and 18, both of which are Par 5, potentially reachable in two for an eagle look with a quality drive and well-struck second.
Shooting sub-80 on Las Sendas will make players feel like they truly conquered a championship test. Las Sendas is a magnificent example of desert golf and a true Jones masterpiece.
Las Sendas Golf Club, 7555 E. Eagle Crest Drive, Mesa, 480-396-4000, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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