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“Beautiful course - bring your A game”

Lookout Mountain Golf Club
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Owner description: Lookout Mountain Golf Club at Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort is a magnificent par-71 course has garnered many honors. Golf Digest named it one of the 450 best public courses in the country and Lookout Mountain has been consistently voted one of the top 25 golf courses in the state of Arizona. Our course has also hosted celebrity events such as the Harmon Killebrew Invitational, the Royce Clayton Charity Classic and the Phoenix Suns Scramble. Join us for a great day on the course and good luck!
Edmonton, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Beautiful course - bring your A game”
Reviewed 21 February 2012

A gorgeous course, and not too pricey (we paid $68 incl. cart by booking online). Classic desert course, where you're into the rocks and gravelly "sand" if you miss the fairway by even an inch --- so bring your "Arizona iron" - that beat up old 7-iron or other extra club that you can use to hit off the scrabble and not wreck one of your real clubs. It can be a bit tricky to find, but if you realize you're looking for a Hilton resort, it's much easier - the course is not well-signed but the Hilton is, and the course is right there at the resort entrance.

Visited February 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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30 reviews
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“The best of 4 courses”
Reviewed 3 January 2012

We golfed at 4 different golf courses - this course was the best golf experience. Challenging but fun, beautiful scenery, polite and professional staff, well priced - the Hilton consierge went on line to get us the best price. A wonderful golf day!!!

Visited December 2011
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Vancouver
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26 reviews
8 attraction reviews
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“Great Desert Golf”
Reviewed 15 December 2011

I had a chance to play the Lookout Mountain Golf Club in mid-November 2011. The last time I was here was in 2004 when I was staying in the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort that is attached to the golf course. A very nice resort back then. I played the course then and I thought it was a good track.

Since then, there has been some changes. Troon Golf has taken over management of the golf facility, so you should know right there that any changes will be for the better. I have not played a Troon facility that was below par so to speak.

You park at the Hilton resort, where attendants will take your clubs. The pro shop is there as well. Friendly people. The drive is about two blocks to the course, starter's shack and the practice area, past the Maricopa County Sheriff's stables.

If you haven't been to this course, the first thing you notice is that all the water hazard has been removed that used to surround the 18th green. it has been replaced with desert and sand bunkers. I liked that lake, but maybe it made the hole too difficult or was too expensive to maintain.

The practice area consisted of a nice grass range and practice bunker, chipping area and large putting green. The green, for this time of year was smooth, cut short and quite fast compared to other tracks we had played that week.

This course lulls you to sleep a little for the first 4 holes. The fairways are wide open and it's pretty much bombs away. Once you get to the 5th hole, you start into the mountain golf. It gets very difficult as its turns to target style. You have to place your drives in certain areas for a good second shot.

As you go up the mountain, you are rewarded on the 10th tee with some of the best views in the Phoenix valley. And on this tee box, you drive to a fairway a hundred feet below. Don't stray or you'll end up in the desert.

The rest of the course continues like this until you get to the 15th. This is a nice par 5 that is reachable in two with water down the left side.

The 16th is a par 3 that has had the water hazard removed as well. Replaced with sand and desert. A nice change at this hole. The two finishing holes set you back to Earth nicely. Bombs away again, but watch for plenty of sand on the par 5 18th.

One of the changes I noticed right away on this track, is that the bunkers have been re-worked. They've been made deeper and have more definition, thus making the holes look nicer. Before, the bunkers were mostly like pancakes, not deep and didn't add much to the course.

All of the fairways were beautiful and the grass was even. No burnt out areas. The greens were receptive to good shots and putted true. Some tee shots require a medium to longer carry over the desert areas.

This is a tough course, but also fair. Hardly any hidden shots. One thing I'd like to see is better yardage markings. You'll also definitely fare better with a GPS, but there aren't any on the carts. It's not an overly long course, playing only 5800 and change from the middle tees, but too long for the average golfer at 6600 from the championships tees.

The value of this course is great. Some great deals to be had on Golf Hub or Golf Now. This course is as good as any of the higher end courses of Scottsdale and the scenery is spectacular.

The difficulty of the course made for a long round, in the 5 hour range, but I would be back here in a minute.

Visited November 2011
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MN
Level 5 Contributor
66 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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“Disappointed”
Reviewed 31 March 2011

Golfed here during a recent trip to Phoenix with my wife. We had golfed here last year and enjoyed the course so we figured we would golf here again. We were highly disappointed with the changes that have been made to the course. They took all of the 3 water out on a few holes, a par 3 and the 18th hole. Now it is just more sand.. Kind of a bummer as the water really added something to those holes. I doubt I will return and golf this course again.

Visited March 2011
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Idaho
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6 reviews
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“Great desert golf layout”
Reviewed 28 December 2006

From the opening hole, you know this will be a unique Arizona experience. All lush green grass and perfectly maintained. The front nine might lull you into 'I can still golf' mode. The back nine will test your will with target golf. Still very lush but not the 'spray away' of the front nine.

What more can you ask for on an Arizona golf course in the middle of Winter!!!

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