Golf courses throughout the world have distinctive styles. In Great Britain, links style golf predominates, and in the United States, especially in the east, golfers must negotiate tree-lined fairways. Desert golf, in particular Arizona golf, evokes visions of narrow ribbons of emerald green grass framed by saguaro cactus, jumping cholla, sage brush and mesquites trees. Although picturesque, desert golf creates challenges for the average player that can zap enjoyment from the game. Take for instance the dreaded five-and-a-half-hour-round that tends to rear its ugly head when golfers are endlessly searching the desert for errant shots. Wouldn
The Duke is an 18-hole golf club located 10 minutes west of I-10 on Queen Creek Road near the town of Maricopa. Measuring 7,011 yards from the back tees, the golf course has plenty of length to keep the expert player interested and at the same time will not trounce the novice. Best of all, no first-tee jitters here because the first fairway is, no kidding, 45 yards wide. However, the longest of players can
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The 12th hole aesthetically stands out with clever bunkering that allows low handicap players the option of flying the bunkers to the left leaving a wedge to the green or, players may choose a more cautious and open layup to the right that leaves a more challenging approach.
Another design element that really makes The Duke into a course for all players is the green complexes. The greens roll very well, are undulated but fair and are receptive to well-struck shots. Make no mistake about it, poor shots will be penalized by a well placed bunker or water hazard like the island green on the par-3 5th hole. The course is not penal but players will still need to excel to score.
Managed by OB Sports, The Duke has an easy-going western theme that gives the club a certain charm. And yes, even the wearing of denim is accepted. With a reputation of loyalty to the resident golfer, OB offers golf at reduced rates for Arizona residents. Additional savings for frequent players further solidifies The Duke as one of the best values in the valley.