Saturday, December 08, 2007

Avoid The Pines and punch the clock

The Pines Golf Club at Marana
8480 N. Contintental Links Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85743
(866) PINES-18
http://www.playthepines.com/

When one thinks of the word ‘quarry’, the notion of a golf course usually doesn’t follow. However, some genius thought that building a Golden Tee-esque, 6300-yard course at the bottom of a rock pit was a good idea. They were wrong.

Moreover, you can’t build a multi-million dollar golf course with thousands of dollars and it seems that what The Pines is trying to do. Although the course has been open for at least a year, there are still cart paths that need to be paved, construction around the course impedes upon the layout and the drainage system, for lack of a better term, sucks.

Don’t bother using your driver because the holes are narrow with little room for slice/hook leakage; precise shot placement is a must. It’s proximity between I-10 and the Tucson Mountain Range can make the course extremely windy and for $60, it’s not worth the price.

Surprisingly, the greens and fairways are well maintained, but make no mistake… the Pines is misleading and disingenuous to the game of golf and the people that play. From the outside, the Pines looks like a mansion. But up close, it’s a crack den.

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