Mesa Country Club
- Golf Courses-Private
In the pantheon of Arizona private golf, there are a few classic city clubs - Arizona Country Club, Phoenix Country Club, Paradise Valley Country Club, Tucson Country Club, and, of course, Mesa Country Club. All constructed at nearly the same time in the mid-1940's, these five courses exemplified innovation when they were first built, and they define classic now approaching seven decades later. Located along the borders of Tempe and Scottsdale in northwest Mesa, Mesa Country Club is a traditional gem in every sense. A completely core layout set among towering eucalyptus and pines, the holes move left and right on this 6,800-yard, par-72 routing (view our Photo Gallery to see the course). Instead of defending itself strictly through length, the course challenges players' strategic abilities with its subtle movements and lightning-fast postage stamp greens.
While the William "Billy" Bell design is perhaps best known for its dramatic 10th tee reminiscent of the opening hole at Riviera Country Club in Los Angeles (another Bell project under the guidance of George Thomas), many remember the course for its four distinct "road holes" which add a charm not seen in modern clubs. Unlike its relatively flat brethren, Mesa Country Club skirts up and down the plateau from which the city got its name, creating dramatic elevation changes throughout the twists and turns of the course.
This topography - combined with a club campus which includes three dining options, six lighted tennis courts, a junior Olympic pool, spa, and golf practice facilities - makes Mesa Coun