Troon North Golf Club – Pinnacle Course

The top-ranked course in all of Arizona. Natural desert foliage and cactus enclose a beautifully conditioned golf course. A must play when you visit the desert.

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Troon North Golf Club – Pinnacle Course

If You Go

  • Course Info Troon North Golf Club comprises two golf courses, the Pinnacle (rated #1 public course in Arizona) and the Monument.
  • Location –  Forty-five minutes north of the Phoenix Sky Harbor airport.
  • Lodging Four Seasons, Scottsdale is located on-site.

The Tom Weiskopf/Jay Morrish 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  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 sloping green-side areas.   The Pinnacle Course is more challenging.

One gets the immediate sensation you’re in for something special when you arrive at Troon North Golf Club is the enormous well-appointed practice range.  The turf was lush. 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 sometimes spoil the view. The fairways are narrowed compared to Monument Course.  It’s easy to lose balls in the desert.

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 sizable pinnacle-shaped peak 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 over 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.  Troon North Golf patterns the “Post Card” hole 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.

The Pinnacle Course at Troon North Golf Club is a must play when you visit the desert.  Accomplished golfers will be particularly impressed.

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