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Legacy Golf Course Review – Best Deal in Phoenix?

If you want to play a consistent golf course that is top-rated, it’s tough to beat Legacy Golf Club in Phoenix, Arizona. The course has been awarded the top 10 public courses in Arizona Magazine, made Golfweek’s Best Public Courses list, and a lot more. It’s easy to see why it made our list of best golf courses in Phoenix as well. 

In this Legacy Golf Club review, I’ll break down the course, practice facilities, conditions, and answer your top questions. 

Legacy Golf Club Review  

  • Par 71
  • Established in 1999 
  • Located in Phoenix, AZ
  • Designed by Gary Panks  

The Legacy Golf Club is built on an iconic piece of land. As mentioned on their website, “The Legacy Golf Club, rich in heritage and history, is an 18-hole par 71 championship golf course designed by renowned golf course architect Gary Panks. Located on what was once Dwight B. Heard’s 7,500-acre ranch, the golf club is rich in Arizona heritage and history.”

Driving range at Legacy golf resort

Practice Facility

Legacy has one of the best golf practice facilities in the area for a few reasons. First, it’s an all grass driving range, so you never have to worry about hitting from mats like a lot of Arcis golf courses. 

Second, they have a massive chipping green that is basically my second home. It has a huge bunker to practice all types of sand shots and about 40 yards to practice other short game shots. Not to mention, the putting green is huge and can work on all lengths and breaks in practice to hone your short game.

Unlike a lot of courses, they also allow you to practice without a tee time. For $25 you can get a practice pass for an hour at the range and then time at the short game area. Or, purchase their practice punch card to save $5 each session. 

Legacy Golf Club also offers an immersive golf academy at the back end of the driving range. The Golf Academy at Legacy Golf Resort offers all kinds of technology including Flightscope, SAMPuttLab, Trackman, and more. Prices are relatively cheap for all the technology and they have a youth program as well. 

Chipping green at Legacy golf course

Course Overview + Conditions 

Legacy is in very consistent shape year round. It’s a little rough in the summer (like 99% of courses in Arizona) but still always playable. Some of the fairway bunkers could use a little work as they’re pretty firm/dried up, but overall it’s solid.

The fairways are always well maintained and greens roll pretty smooth despite a ton of foot traffic. They typically roll about a 10 on the stimpmeter and can speed them up for events. 

Noteworthy Holes at Legacy Golf Course 

Legacy doesn’t have a quirky hole on the course. The fairways are pretty generous, but there is desert (that is quite playable) on a lot of holes. 

It’s definitely a feel good type of course thanks to forgiving fairways… however there are some holes to watch out for. Here are some of my favorites and the best strategies to play them well. 

Hole 2: Par 4 – 441 yards 

The second hole will require your full attention from tee to green. There is more room left than you realize but anything right is hitting the cart path and likely ending up OB. 

You’ll need a driver since it’s one of the longer holes on the course and the second shot plays uphill to a tricky green. The back half actually slopes away, so if it’s a back pin, aim for the middle of the green. 

Hole 5: Par 4 – 368 yards 

The hole says 368 on the scorecard, but it plays substantially shorter if you carry it over the hill. But there is a large bunker looming in front of the green with a pretty big lip and severely sloped green. 

Longer hitters can try to get as close to the green as possible but avoid the right side as you might lose it in the desert. Or, lay up and hit a wedge on and try to get on the same tier as the pin for a good look at birdie. 

Hole 8: Par 5 – 585 yards 

This is a good par 5 that you can get home in two with a solid drive, as it’ll land on a downhill slope. The second shot plays slightly uphill but you can likely roll a 3-wood up if you hit it well.

Try to avoid the left bunker, as it’s deep and well below the surface of the green. The putting surface is pretty flat so hopefully you can make a birdie (or eagle) before taking on the tough 9th hole. 

Hole 11: Par 3 – 178 yards 

This hole doesn’t look tricky on the scorecard, but it’s one of the hardest holes on the golf course. It always plays into the wind and must carry it all the way, as the false front will make the ball go 10–20 yards down the hill in front of the green. Aim for the middle of the green, take enough club, and take your par. 

Hole 14: Par 5 – 580 yards 

The 14th is a good risk-reward par 5. Send it off the tee but favor the middle or right side as anything left can go in a bunker, OB, or desert. 

The second shot is a true risk reward as you’ll need to hit a long shot but avoid the bunker and water looming left. Anything short and right is okay, but the green is pretty undulated as well. 

Hole 17: Par 3 – 203 yards 

The second to last hole is another great par 3 that will require a perfect tee shot to find the dance floor. It’s a long hole from any tee box and the green has a massive slope in the middle of the green.

If you spray it right you could end up OB and a deep bunker guards the left side of the green. Like the 11th hole, take enough club and aim for the middle of the green, as par is a great score. Don’t flirt with a back left pin either as it’s very narrow. 

18th hole at Legacy Golf Course

FAQs About Legacy Golf Resort 

Do you have more questions about playing Legacy Golf course? If so, keep reading through the most frequently asked questions now. 

Is Legacy Golf Resort public?

Yes, it is a public golf course, but they do have a small amount of corporate memberships. You also don’t need to stay at the resort to play or practice (like some golf courses). But if you are staying there, they might offer practice privileges and playing discounts. 

What is the South Mountain Trail Pass?

The South Mountain Trail Pass through Legacy Golf Resort is an annual fee to receive discounts. Members get 14-day advance booking, up to 50% off posted rates, free range balls, and points for every dollar spent. You’ll also receive a cardholder rate at their sister course as well. 

If you play at Legacy a lot, it’s a good deal and will give you more time to book tee times (as it gets very busy in prime season). 

Can you practice at Legacy Golf Resort?

Yes, in fact, they have my all-time favorite practice facility in the Phoenix area. The driving range is always hitting from grass (no mats), a large chipping green with bunker, and massive putting green. Not to mention, the course is always well maintained.

You can buy a punch pass in the pro shop to save money every time you go out. Or, you can practice for a $20 fee if you don’t need the pass. Chances are you’ll see me out there! 

Overall Recommendation – 8.8/10

Legacy is a fun golf course, always in good shape, some great holes, and one of the best deals in Phoenix. Not to mention a fantastic practice facility to work on all areas of your game. 

If you’re coming into Phoenix for a golf trip, make sure to include Legacy in your itinerary. If you’re a local, this is a great place to tee it up year round without breaking the bank.

During the right time of year, you can even play 36 holes – one at Legacy and the other next door at the Raven Golf Course.

What do you think about Legacy Golf Resort?

Let us know in the comments below. 

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