The Tom Weiskopf designed Pinnacle Course at Troon North Golf Club is the top-ranked course in all of Arizona, and #25 in the US according to GOLF Magazine’s 2016/2017 ranking. It is one of the key treasures of the Scottsdale golf scene. Natural desert foliage and cactus enclose a beautifully conditioned golf course. Boulders are used everywhere often as a severe impediment just off the fairway.
The Pinnacle Course is the second course at Troon North Golf Club. A separate article illustrates the Monument Course designed in 1990. We applaud the rerouting changes made in 2007 since you can now consider walking both courses. The Monument Course is more forgiving with wider fairways, somewhat lessor tee shot carriers and more gently sloping greenside areas. The Pinnacle Course is definitely more challenging.
One gets the immediate sensation that you’re in for something special when you arrive at the enormous well-appointed practice range. The turf was perfectly lush.
The Pinnacle Course – More Challenging than the Monument Course
There are significant elevation changes. Many of the teeing areas are elevated providing magnificent desert vistas including the spectacular Pinnacle Peak. Unfortunately, some transmission power lines occasionally spoil the view.
The fairways are tighter than Monument. It’s easy to lose balls in the desert once off the fairway. The cart video recommends that you play the Troon North Desert Rule. After a two-minute ball search, you are encouraged to drop the ball on the grass with a one-stroke penalty and play on. Of course, while this is great for pace-of-play, it is not allowed in the Rules of Golf.
The Par3’s are robust on the Pinnacle Course. Hole #8 is one of the neatest Par3’s you’ll ever find. It’s 182 yards from the center tees and requires a shot over a ravine and a large boulder to a green with a large bunker and another large stone guarding the right side. It’s a great visual.
The Signature Hole – The Pinnacle – Par4 Hole #10
You begin the back nine with a challenging Par4. The course gets its name from a sizeable pinnacle-shaped peak that is prominent in the distance behind the green. Hole #10 also illustrates some of the forced carries for tee shots. Even the forward tees can require tee shots of more than 100 yards. It is wise to select the proper tees for your level of ability to have the most satisfying experience.
The Par3 Hole #16 is one of the prettiest holes on the course. The “Post Card” hole is patterned after Hole#3 at Royal Troon in the UK called the “Postage Stamp” hole. With water in front, an elevated green and bunkers on all sides, an accurate shot is essential. Some beautiful homes provide a picturesque backdrop.
Single Digit? – A Must Play When in Scottsdale
If you’re a good golfer, you won’t be disappointed if you make the Pinnacle Course at Troon Golf Club a must play when you visit the desert here.