The world-class high country lifestyle at Flagstaff Ranch has become a “phoenix” in Northern Arizona. It originally began in 2004 when Flagstaff Ranch Golf Club opened to rave reviews. Being an exclusive club, with no outside play of any kind, word about this exceptional private golf course nestled amid towering ponderosa pines, sparkling clear lakes and impressive panoramas just wasn’t getting out. This was great for the members, but not for growth of the club.
The Club was closed in 2008, then reborn anew on Memorial Day 2009 with an idyllic 25,000 sq. ft. clubhouse, whose design matches its surroundings. Still remaining private, the Club now offers a non-resident golf membership along with their property-owner membership. Reciprocal play by members of other clubs is also allowed at the member’s guest rate.
Created by U.S. Open winner and Ryder Cup member, Jerry Pate, the Flagstaff Ranch Golf Club offers members one of the Southwest’s elite courses. As it winds its way through the largest stand of ponderosa pine trees in North America, every hole is postcard perfect. There are generous bluegrass fairways, moderately undulating bent grass greens, some elevation changes between tee and green, and only four lakes to negotiate. The course layout is straight forward with no blind shots and is very female-friendly with not a lot of forced-carries.
Amenities for golf members include the 18-hole championship golf course and clubhouse with member/guest dining, library, private board room, member’s lounge, mixed grill, and ladies and men’s locker rooms with services, all with Wi-Fi access. A well-appointed golf shop is next to the clubhouse topped by the pavilion. The clubhouse dining room overlooks the 18th hole and offers a spectacular view of the San Francisco Peaks and Humphreys Peak. Meals can also be enjoyed on the outdoor patio.
Other golf amenities are a full practice facility, a 10,000 square foot practice putting green, chipping green and practice bunker area. Walking is allowed and what better way to breath in the fresh pine scent of the ponderosa pine trees. As you arrive at Hole 12, the par 3, notice the large meadow to the South (right). This is the old caldera from the center of the volcano that formed the area. The entire south side of the property meets with the Coconino National Forest, home to hundreds of elk and other wildlife. On the Hole 18, a par 5, avoid the large lake on the right and the bunkers guarding the green. Play your best here because friends will be watching from the patio balcony of the clubhouse.