Getting To Know: Raven Golf Club Phoenix
An Insightful Interview With Kevin Weber, General Manager
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 Kevin Weber who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.
Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
The Raven, the highest rated golf course in Phoenix, AZ, is ideally located in Phoenix only five miles south of Sky Harbor Airport and a short drive from most valley Resorts or Hotels making it a "Must Play" in the Scottsdale/Phoenix region. The Raven was awarded 4.5 stars and is known as having the "#1 guest service in North America."
The layout features rolling fairways framed by thousands of mature pine trees, as well as vistas of rugged desert mountains and the Phoenix skyline. The golf course's playable and strategic design offers a fun golf experience for all players. The subtle elevation changes are enhanced by challenging sand and grass bunkers that are placed against large multi-tiered greens.
Before your round experience our first-class practice facility complete with putting green, chipping green with bunker, and large grass hitting area. To create an on-course experience, there are 5 strategically placed target greens.
If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
The Raven has a unique layout for AZ golf. Every hole is line with Pine Trees. Golf course is always in great condition.
What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
Beware of the false fronts and make sure you hit enough club to carry to the safe spots on the greens. Club selection is key in avoiding these areas as well as the large bunker complexes guarding this otherwise open layout.
Recent Awards or What You Are Most Proud About The Course?
The Raven was awarded 4.5 stars and is known as having the "#1 guest service in North America."
What Is The Signature, Most Talked About, or Most Photographed Hole?
Although it's ranked as the 13th handicap hole, the Par 3 #7 hole is one where you take par and walk away. Stretching out to 221 yards with water up the entire left side accompanied by a massive bunker running all the way to the green. If you happen to avoid the lake make sure you hit enough club to avoid the false front the runs the length of the green entrance.
What Is Your Favorite Hole? Any Tips to Play It?
One of the best holes out here is our Par 4 #6. Standing on the tee you see a slight dog leg right with water up the left side and a fairway bunker easily within driving distance. The tee box is lined with Rosemary bushes and bougainvillea along the cart path and behind the green. Off in the distance you can see Four Peaks from the slightly elevated tee box. Although it plays 428 yards from the back, 3 wood is definitely the call off the tee. That will leave you a mid-iron in to a double tiered green with one of the deepest bunkers on the course guarding the whole right side. There are false edges all around the green so 4 on this hole is a victory.
Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
The "Raven Razz Tini" Rasberry infused premium vodka martini.
Who Holds Course Record and What Was Their Score?
Darren Wallace, Canada Tour Professional, shot 60 in the Spring of 2014. It only took him 19 putts to just miss that elusive 59. Previous to that the record was held by tour veteran Kevin Stadler with a 62.
Back Tee Stats
Raven Golf Club Phoenix
3636 E. Baseline Rd.
Phoenix, AZ , 85042
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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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