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Raven Golf Club Review – Best Arcis Course?

In this Raven golf club review I’ll take you through why it’s worth your money anytime of year.

Whether you’re a beginner, intermediate, or seasoned player, you can enjoy a great day at the Raven. This course has been a staple for me the past 10 years for both playing and practicing. 

Prior to Arcis buying Grayhawk I think Raven was the best golf course in their Phoenix roster (not like Kokopeli or Superstition Springs were giving them a run for their money). 

While it’s not the top dog with Arcis anymore it’s still one of the best deals in the Phoenix area. 

Raven Golf Club Review

The Raven Golf Club in Phoenix is a par 72, 7,078 yard championship golf course. The layout is a lot of fun with generous landing areas and somewhat desert golf. It’s not a traditional desert but instead a red rock that you can play out of pretty easily (very different from somewhere like Papago Golf Course). 

Here’s how they described the golf course layout on their website, “More than 6,000 mature pine trees traverse lush rolling fairways and expansive, multi-tiered greens, with a unique assortment of bunkers and water features creating both strategic diversity and a stunning backdrop for golf.”

It’s one of my favorite golf courses in the Phoenix area as it’s consistently in great shape, a fair test of golf, and offers five tee sets for all abilities. It’s also close to Scottsdale and only five miles from the Phoenix airport. 


  • Par 72
  • Phoenix, AZ 
  • Opened 1995 
  • Operated by Arcis Golf 
  • Designed by Gary Panks and David Graham 

Practice Facility

Raven has a great practice facility and one I’ve frequented for years. The Raven offers a double-sided all grass two-sided driving range, large putting green, and smaller chipping green with a practice bunker. On the back side of the range is the Tour Striker Performance Academy and a True-Spec fitting center. 

Since the course is owned and operated by Arcis Golf which has made it a very popular place to practice… sometimes too busy. While hitting off grass is great there are so many golfers now that finding a good patch of grass isn’t easy.

The putting green is one of the largest and most well maintained in the Phoenix area. While the chipping green is okay but on the smaller side. The bunker is also very deep and not that realistic to anything you’ll face on the course but it’s better than nothing like so many golf courses.  

Driving range at Raven golf club

Course Overview + Conditions

One reason I (and so many other golfers) love the Raven is that it’s always in good shape. Even in the summer it’s one of the most well maintained golf courses in the valley.

The fairways seem to do better than some courses and the greens are pretty smooth year round. They’re not the fastest but typically average a 9-10 on the stimpmeter. 

Noteworthy Holes on Raven Golf Course 

Both sides of the Raven are nearly equal in length with two par 3s, five par 4s, and two par 5s each. I wouldn’t say one or the other is a harder side but both pose a challenge with some longer holes and water comes into play.

Hole 3: Par 4 – 477 yards

The third hole is the longest par 4 on the golf course and requires a solid tee shot to give yourself a chance to hit the green. The miss is right off the tee as the 4th fairway runs parallel to the hole.A par on the hardest hole on the golf course is always a good thing!

Hole 7: Par 3 – 221 yards

The 7th hole is a great par 3 from any tee box with a bunker running the entire left side of the hole. If you hit a big pull hook you’ll end up in the water so the miss is right. Make sure to take enough club – especially to a back pin as the green is nearly 40 yards long.

Hole 9: Par 5 – 526 yards

With a good drive you can get home in two and maybe give yourself an eagle look on this short par 5. But you’ll need to thread the needle between fairway bunkers on both the right and left side of the hole.

If you need to layup make sure to avoid the right fairway bunker that is 50–75 yards short of the green. Hopefully you can make a birdie or better to head into the back nine.

Hole 13: Par 4 – 386 yards

The 13th is a pretty short par 4 but has a huge bunker about 40 yards short of the green. Plus if you hit it too far you’ll have a tough downhill lie. Lay back for a full wedge and be careful of this tricky green.

Hole 17: Par 5 – 593 yards

There are a couple of long par 5s at the Raven including the 17th. It’s nearly impossible to get home in two but try to get as close as you can to set yourself up for an easy chip. It’s a very long and narrow green – especially the front portion.

Hole 18: Par 4 – 428 yards 

The final hole at the Raven golf course is a solid mid-length par 4. Avoid the fairway bunker and then commit to your second shot as water is all around the final green.

Raven golf club hole 18


Does Raven golf club have a membership?

Raven golf course in South Phoenix is a public golf course but you can join the Arcis program. This gives you access to booking times in advance, discounts in the pro shop, and practice privileges. 

Does Raven golf club have any leagues or tournaments?

Unfortunately, no they do not. I wish they did have tournaments or men’s leagues as the club is such a fun track.  

Can you walk the Raven golf course?

It’s a pretty flat golf course but carts are included in your tee time. There are a few long walks between holes (like 9 to 10 and 10 to 11) so I’d suggest hopping on a cart. 

Can you practice at the Raven golf club? 

Yes, if you don’t book a tee time you can still practice at the Raven. You can buy a pass for an hour of driving range play or join the Arcis plan.

9th tee shot at Raven golf course

Overall Recommendation – 9/10 

Raven is another great place to play any month of the year. It’s a little on the pricey side during winter months (like everywhere else) but still a lot cheaper than Grayhawk or Troon golf courses.

If you live near the Raven it’s also a great place to practice with their huge range, chipping green, and putting green. If you’re a bit of a range rat make sure to get one of the Arcis cards as well to save money on practice and green fees. 

Do you like the Raven golf course? 

Let me know in the comments below.

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