Tatum Ranch Golf Club2/25/2015
Tatum Ranch Golf Club 29888 N. Tatum Ranch Dr. Cave Creek AZ
I had the privilege of getting to play the Tatum Ranch Golf Course on Monday 2-23 with the Arizona Senior Golf Association at their monthly event. Upon arriving at the bag drop area I was not greeted by anyone and had to unload my bag myself. While this is not intended to be snobbish, one would think at a private club that they would be all over you when you arrive. Walking into the clubhouse I was not overwhelmed by the decor but it was nice. After our ASGA board of directors meeting we headed into the dining room and had a nice lunch and the service was very friendly and helpful. After the event, we had dinner and again found the food was very tasty and friendly staff attended to our wants/needs… now on to the course.
We started on the 7th hole and it immediately started to rain on us. Reaching into my bag for my rain jacket (hardly ever used in AZ) I discovered that I had removed it from the bag when I was rearranging my gear a few weeks ago, uh oh. Fortunately I did have my small umbrella so I could keep myself partially dry. After we finished #9 I stopped in the clubhouse to search for an inexpensive rain shirt that would get me through the day. Prices were fair with a decent but smaller collection and I was able to find a nice Foot Joy shirt for under $65. Back to the golf… the course was in good shape and the greens were firm, true and fairly fast. I only found one bunker throughout the round and found the sand was abundant and easy enough to navigate from. Play-ability of the course was friendly for all skill levels as the fairways were fairly wide and not a lot of water. When we finished, one of our playing partners was a member and we followed him into the parking lot to drop off our bags at the car (though the sign told us not to). We dropped the cart back off at the return area but again… no attendant.
All in all, the course was very playable, nicely maintained and made for an enjoyable round. The outdoor staff was pretty much absent but the interior staff and pro shop were very friendly and helpful. I would give it three stars ***.