Another 4.30am start before making the trek across Phoenix to play Troon North’s Pinnacle course. There are two courses in this complex – Pinnacle and Monument. Both courses were designed by Jay Moorish and British Open Championship winner Tom Weiskopf. In 1995, just nine years after its opening, the country club was purchased by members and became a privately owned golf club, however currently runs under public play with the additional member play. The golf club is best known for its environmentally sensitive development, which conserves the Sonoran Desert while offering members and the public, usage of the property.
We were paired with two tyre salesman – Tony & Chuck. Apparently they were working – Chuck was visiting from Seattle and is Tony’s boss. They were good fun to play with but they both lost a lot of golf balls in the desert. Although I didn’t hit the ball particularly well I had a pretty good round. Steve got on the birdie train on the back nine having three birdies. The boys were impressed. It is a nice course with a few intimidating looking holes where you are wondering where you should hit your ball. There are some pretty nice houses surrounding this course too – some would set you back a cool USD10 million!