Getting To Know: Troon North Golf Club
An Insightful Interview With Jeff Brinegar, PGA Head Golf Professional
By Brian Weis
Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Jeff Brinegar, PGA who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Provide Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property?
Troon North Golf Club stands as a hallmark of the Scottsdale desert golf experience with two 18-hole courses stretching through the natural ravines and foothills in the shadows of Pinnacle Peak. Giant granite boulders lie strewn across the rugged landscape of Arizona's Sonoran Desert, where Troon North Golf Club combines iconic golf with the visual sensation of desert landscape, providing a standard unmatched in the American Southwest.
Revered as Scottsdale's crown jewel, the challenge, visual sensation, and special ambiance of Troon North sets the standard by which all other desert courses are measured. The immaculately groomed fairways, bentgrass greens and exceptional customer service create the renowned Troon Golf Experience. Troon North's Monument and Pinnacle courses consistently rank at the top of every golfer's must-play list. Recent course renovations by original designer and British Open Champion Tom Weiskopf have created two new layouts that bring his original concept to life. Golfers in search of the classic desert golf experience are returning to Troon North Golf Club again and again to enjoy Weiskopf's true vision. Whether you're playing for the first time or a regular at Troon North, the Monument and Pinnacle courses in sunny Arizona offer golf connoisseurs the best in desert golf!
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
We are perched on a natural slope that has a 4 percent grade to it. But that grade is heavily camouflaged by Weiskopf's brilliant architecture. Even when a putt looks like its downhill it could still be heading up the slope. Some say everything breaks towards the valley, but you should experience it for yourself.
With several short par-4's in the mix position off the tee is crucial if your score is important to you. The yardage card, local knowledge or one of our seasoned caddies can help with your club selection and strategy.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
Golf Magazine's "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" for 2012 - United States:
#20 - Troon North Pinnacle Course, #52 - Troon North Monument Course
Golf Magazine's "Top 100 Courses You Can Play" for 2012 - Arizona:
#1 - Troon North Pinnacle Course, #4 - Troon North Monument Course
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
The par 5, 3rd hole on the Monument course provides the namesake for the layout with an enormous granite monolith in the middle of the fairway at the apex of the dogleg. The "monument" forces players to choose a side - either play it safe and steer left of the rock or test your accuracy and length by challenging the corner. Both courses provide a great variety of hole designs where you never feel like you're playing the same hole twice.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Why? Any Tips to Play It?
My personal favorite is #17 on the Monument course, named Westward Look. This long downhill par 4 requires a well struck tee shot followed by another lengthy mid to long iron shot for most players. At 495 yards from the back tees this hole always seems to greet you with the breeze in your face. Once you've reached the green it's like you're starting the hole all over again due to the undulations and expansiveness of the putting surface. A great hole for match play as well because anything can happen. The view from the tee box is pretty amazing as well.
Must Have Dish or Drink at the 19th Hole?
This is easy, the Fried Chicken & Waffles. Buttermilk chicken fried golden brown and served with savory waffles, honey drizzle and candied bacon almond praline. Delicious!
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
We actually had a golf professional on our Guest Services staff, Matt Van Cleave, who earned the record on both courses with a 63 on each course. And yes, I'm sure the scores could even have been lower if not for a couple of missed putts.
Course Stats From The Back Tees
Monument 72.9/147 Par 72 Length 7070
Pinnacle 73.0/149 Par 71 Length 7025
Troon North Golf Club
Monument & Pinnacle Courses
Scottsdale, Arizona 85262
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About: Brian Weis
Brian Weis is the Publisher of GolfTrips.com, a network of golf travel and directory sites including GolfWisconsin.com, GolfMichigan.com, ArizonaGolfer.com, GolfAlabama.com, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.
All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched GolfWisconsin.com. In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and GolfTrips.com was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like GolfTrips.com, GolfGuide.com and GolfPackages.com. It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.
On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.
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