Reviewed by: UNCLEDDBOY23, Peoria, Arizona
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Happy New Year and I wish all the GK’ers the best in 2018. Was very fortunate to get back out and play Victory on Wed 12/27 due to sixpez sending me his “bounce back” round at Verrado for the month of December. Keith, appreciate that you sent me your coupon to play Victory at such a great rate. Thank you. It’s always nice to be able to play golf in the Arizona desert in the month of December for $25. Yes, $25 to play this course!
One of the concerns that I had about Victory was that they did not over-seed the greens (the greens are not bent grass). I asked the starter about this when I played here in October and he said
that they would get more of a “tan” color the further they went into the high season of December – February. I asked him if the greens would still roll true and be quick he said that they would. I then commented that our winter visitors can complain a fair amount if the greens do not have a lush green look if they do not have a rye grass over-seed. He said that the strain of grass on the greens will make them much more playable throughout the entire year.
As I played the round, I noticed that the greens definitely had more of a tan “hue” on them, and in a couple of spots if looked liked they had spray painted them with a little bit of green paint. Yes, they did have a nice pace and did roll true, but I am still concerned that our winter visitors will complain about the greens when the rates jump to $119 in the month of January.
The fairway and tee box over-seed turned out good, but not great. There were definitely some thin spots on the fairways and the tee boxes definitely needed to be cut. The rough was cut very short and was not over-seeded, and this was (as it normally is this time of the year in the desert) a nice contrast to the green fairways. I think that the bunkers are some of the best in Arizona.
Nice sand with a good base underneath them. I think the boulders around the bunkers are a nice touch and are something that I have only seen here.
I enjoy the routing of Victory because it has two very distinct nines. The front nine plays very close to the mountain and the views at holes #8 and #9 being some of my favorite in Phoenix. The back nine winds through a housing development. While this is normal for a course to have houses on both sides of the fairways, the views on the last 4 holes really make a nice ending to the round. Hole #18 is a dramatic par 5 that forces you to carry water on your tee shot and then play to a green that sits in a small box canyon.
With the construction of the pro shop and a small but very nice patio that overlooks the 18th green (this building is called the “Summit House”). Victory has created a beautiful spot to enjoy a drink and/or food. The view of a sunset and/or sunrise will bring you back to play this course many times.