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Apache Stronghold Golf Club

Apache Stronghold Golf Club in San Carlos, AZ

Apache Stronghold Geronimo statue
Geronimo, after his legendary skirmish with Harvey Nash, now waits to attack any golfer who dares to search for lost balls

The Stats

Tee Time: April 7, 2013, 8:00, 79 F, Light wind

Designer: Tom Doak/Jim Urbina (1999)

Playing Partners: None (it was completely empty, I finished in 122 minutes)

Tees: Warrior, Par 72 (72.1 rating/138 slope/7,007 yards)

Course Handicap: 15 (12.5 index)

Stats: 93 (50-43); 37 putts; 4/14 fairways; 4/18 greens; 3 penalty strokes

The Course

The vast expanse of desert east of Phoenix is rich with the history of Arizona’s frontier days, tales of Geronimo’s adventures and also a golf course. Keep a sharp eye out for that last one. Apache Stronghold Golf Club meanders through the lands of the San Carlos Apache tribe in Tonto National Forest, about 10 minutes east of Globe and 90 miles from downtown Phoenix. The fairways and greens mesh seamlessly with the surrounding wild grasses and sand, giving the whole course a natural look so often absent from nearby places that would have you believe lush green Bermuda grass, brilliant blue lakes and fluffy bunkers are “desert” golf. The length, design and elevation are very similar to Rochelle Ranch in Wyoming, while the rustic style and idea that the desert alone can be a worthy foe evokes memories of Southern Dunes in Maricopa. Then there are other factors that make Golfweek’s #39 Casino Course unique. Continue reading Apache Stronghold Golf Club