Golf Course Review Camelback Golf Club AMBIENTE Scottsdale Arizona
Reviewed by: jamesg18015, Phoenix, AZ
I played Ambiente on a Saturday with a tee time around 11am. Played with three nice random guys as a foursome and finished in 4 hours. Tee time intervals were 10 minutes, and we only waited maybe only once or twice.
Greens were in absolutely beautiful condition. Extremely smooth. Just the right amount of firmness. They were the highlight of the conditions. Speed was on the quick side but not unreasonable. The fairways are holding up well in the heat. No notable burnt out spots. Tees were great except for the “tan” tee box on #18 which was oddly overgrown like they forgot to mow it.
The sand in the bunkers is a coarse/gritty type that I actually like. It was apparent that the bunkers were probably all raked by the crew in the morning and there were few footprints.
The only negative on the conditioning, and this is an extremely minor negative if I have to fault the course for something, was that many of the green collars were almost completely burnt out. Fine if you are in a position to putt off them, but otherwise hard to hit a wedge off burnt toast.
COVID-19 procedures included a PVC pipe inside the cups for the ball to rest on, no rakes or divot fill bottles, and single rider carts for anyone who wanted one. I wasn’t crazy about the cart guys were still touching peoples’ bags/clubs without asking both before and after the round, though.
I love the layout of this course and always play it during the warmer months when I can find a good deal as it is cost prohibitive during winter.