Ironwood Course

The Ironwood Course, which opened in January 2004, encompasses seven water features, intimidating bunkers, and a backdrop of a mountain mesa…

The Ironwood Course, which opened in January 2004, encompasses seven water features, intimidating bunkers, and a backdrop of a mountain mesa. This is a classic high-risk/high-reward design and the more challenging of the two Anthem golf courses. Post-round conversation often focuses on “Anthem Alley,” the 10th through 12th uniquely crafted water holes that tend to drive up scores.

# 1 / Hole #1

Par: 4

Handicaps:
Men's 6 Women's 10

Yardage by Tee:

GOLD 438

BLACK 404

BLUE 380

WHITE 376

GREEN 352

Slope:

Black 137 | Blue 135 | White 130 | White- Ladies 142 | Green- Men 122 | Green- Ladies 128 | Red- Ladies 125

Pro Tips

Ironwood opens with a long demanding par 4. This uphill hole rises 50 feet from tee to green. Bunkers frame the fairway and the green is protected by two bunkers.

# 2 / Hole #2

Par: 4

Handicaps:
Men's 4 Women's 2

Yardage by Tee:

GOLD 395

BLACK 385

BLUE 366

WHITE 340

GREEN 300

Slope:

Black 137 | Blue 135 | White 130 | White- Ladies 142 | Green- Men 122 | Green- Ladies 128 | Red- Ladies 125

Pro Tips

This narrow downhill par 4 may require a lay-up off the tee as a wash severs the fairway at 275 yards. A long bunker guards the right side of the green.

# 3 / Hole #3

Par: 5

Handicaps:
Men's 2 Women's 4

Yardage by Tee:

GOLD 546

BLACK 519

BLUE 486

WHITE 486

GREEN 457

Slope:

Black 137 | Blue 135 | White 130 | White- Ladies 142 | Green- Men 122 | Green- Ladies 128 | Red- Ladies 125

Pro Tips

Tumbling 60 feet downhill from tee to green, this 546 yard par 5 defines risk reward. A safe approach to the green requires a lay-up short of a deep wash which bisects the green from the fairway. A more bold approach however, will carry the wash setting up an eagle putt on an undulating green.

# 4 / Hole #4

Par: 3

Handicaps:
Men's 16 Women's 16

Yardage by Tee:

GOLD 220

BLACK 201

BLUE 191

WHITE 150

GREEN 140

Slope:

Black 137 | Blue 135 | White 130 | White- Ladies 142 | Green- Men 122 | Green- Ladies 128 | Red- Ladies 125

Pro Tips

At 220 yards, hole 4 is the longest par 3 on the course. The large green divided by a ridge is guarded by a lake on the right.

# 5 / Hole #5

Par: 4

Handicaps:
Men's 10 Women's 8

Yardage by Tee:

GOLD 457

BLACK 408

BLUE 375

WHITE 370

GREEN 353

Slope:

Black 137 | Blue 135 | White 130 | White- Ladies 142 | Green- Men 122 | Green- Ladies 128 | Red- Ladies 125

Pro Tips

This long par 4 features a narrow fairway bottlenecking at 300 yards. While the front and right of the green remain open, the left side is protected by a long menacing bunker.

# 6 / Hole #6

Par: 5

Handicaps:
Men's 8 Women's 6

Yardage by Tee:

GOLD 571

BLACK 542

BLUE 535

WHITE 507

GREEN 469

Slope:

Black 137 | Blue 135 | White 130 | White- Ladies 142 | Green- Men 122 | Green- Ladies 128 | Red- Ladies 125

Pro Tips

This long par 5 demands an accurate tee shot between five intimidating bunkers. A cluster of bunkers 50 yards short of the green will challenge the second shot.

# 7 / Hole #7

Par: 4

Handicaps:
Men's 14 Women's 14

Yardage by Tee:

GOLD 327

BLACK 309

BLUE 300

WHITE 279

GREEN 269

Slope:

Black 137 | Blue 135 | White 130 | White- Ladies 142 | Green- Men 122 | Green- Ladies 128 | Red- Ladies 125

Pro Tips

Hole 7 is the shortest par 4 on the course. Four arcing bunkers in the middle of the fairway call for a lay-up to the left. A tee shot over the bunkers to the right shelf fairway could reach the green.

# 8 / Hole #8

Par: 3

Handicaps:
Men's 18 Women's 18

Yardage by Tee:

GOLD 183

BLACK 155

BLUE 145

WHITE 129

GREEN 123

Slope:

Black 137 | Blue 135 | White 130 | White- Ladies 142 | Green- Men 122 | Green- Ladies 128 | Red- Ladies 125

Pro Tips

Situated in a small valley, this 180 yard par 3 is squeezed by a pot bunker in the front right and a large bunker in the back left.

# 9 / Hole #9

Par: 4

Handicaps:
Men's 12 Women's 12

Yardage by Tee:

GOLD 431

BLACK 401

BLUE 374

WHITE 362

GREEN 330

Slope:

Black 137 | Blue 135 | White 130 | White- Ladies 142 | Green- Men 122 | Green- Ladies 128 | Red- Ladies 125

Pro Tips

The finale to the front nine is an uphill 431 yard par 4. A tee shot daring the hazard on the left provides a better angle to the plateaued green. Bunkers protect the right and back of this small green.

# 10 / Hole #10

Par: 4

Handicaps:
Men's 3 Women's 11

Yardage by Tee:

GOLD 411

BLACK 385

BLUE 365

WHITE 358

GREEN 352

Slope:

Black 137 | Blue 135 | White 130 | White- Ladies 142 | Green- Men 122 | Green- Ladies 128 | Red- Ladies 125

Pro Tips

A strategic tee shot on this downhill par 4 will hug the bunkers on the right. This will allow an easier approach to the green which is surrounded by water and a deceptive bunker short of the green.

# 11 / Hole #11

Par: 3

Handicaps:
Men's 13 Women's 15

Yardage by Tee:

GOLD 217

BLACK 188

BLUE 176

WHITE 168

GREEN 160

Slope:

Black 137 | Blue 135 | White 130 | White- Ladies 142 | Green- Men 122 | Green- Ladies 128 | Red- Ladies 125

Pro Tips

This 217 yard par 3 features a semi-island green with water surrounding the entire back and right of the green, as well as on the right front.

# 12 / Hole #12

Par: 5

Handicaps:
Men's 1 Women's 1

Yardage by Tee:

GOLD 598

BLACK 574

BLUE 547

WHITE 524

GREEN 475

Slope:

Black 137 | Blue 135 | White 130 | White- Ladies 142 | Green- Men 122 | Green- Ladies 128 | Red- Ladies 125

Pro Tips

Water lurks all around on the longest par 5 on the Ironwood course. A lake awaits an errant tee shot on the right. Conversely, a lake awaits an errant approach shot on the left.

# 13 / Hole #13

Par: 4

Handicaps:
Men's 5 Women's 7

Yardage by Tee:

GOLD 468

BLACK 455

BLUE 404

WHITE 396

GREEN 352

Slope:

Black 137 | Blue 135 | White 130 | White- Ladies 142 | Green- Men 122 | Green- Ladies 128 | Red- Ladies 125

Pro Tips

Even at 468 yards, lucky #13 is not the longest par 4 on the course (#16 has that honor at 475 yards). A bold tee shot over the left fairway bunker sets up a better angle to the pin. The canted green is split by a large ridge.

# 14 / Hole #14

Par: 4

Handicaps:
Men's 9 Women's 13

Yardage by Tee:

GOLD 434

BLACK 410

BLUE 400

WHITE 363

GREEN 325

Slope:

Black 137 | Blue 135 | White 130 | White- Ladies 142 | Green- Men 122 | Green- Ladies 128 | Red- Ladies 125

Pro Tips

A scattering of bunkers on the right provides tee shot excitement on this par 4. An accurate shot near the bunkers in the narrow fairway will produce a more favorable shot in to the green. Two bunkers on the left will catch a short approach on this uphill hole.

# 15 / Hole #15

Par: 4

Handicaps:
Men's 11 Women's 3

Yardage by Tee:

GOLD 390

BLACK 349

BLUE 345

WHITE 321

GREEN 316

Slope:

Black 137 | Blue 135 | White 130 | White- Ladies 142 | Green- Men 122 | Green- Ladies 128 | Red- Ladies 125

Pro Tips

The golf shots on this short par 4 must negotiate four specimen mesquite trees. A tee shot between two trees in the fairway will open up a shot to a high plateau green flanked by two trees in front.

# 16 / Hole #16

Par: 4

Handicaps:
Men's 7 Women's 9

Yardage by Tee:

GOLD 475

BLACK 447

BLUE 402

WHITE 374

GREEN 366

Slope:

Black 137 | Blue 135 | White 130 | White- Ladies 142 | Green- Men 122 | Green- Ladies 128 | Red- Ladies 125

Pro Tips

A tee shot near the lake on this long cape hole offers better access to the green. A menacing bunker along the right side of the green, hides the putting surface.

# 17 / Hole #17

Par: 3

Handicaps:
Men's 17 Women's 17

Yardage by Tee:

GOLD 154

BLACK 147

BLUE 140

WHITE 128

GREEN 123

Slope:

Black 137 | Blue 135 | White 130 | White- Ladies 142 | Green- Men 122 | Green- Ladies 128 | Red- Ladies 125

Pro Tips

The longest par 4 at Ironwood is followed by the shortest par 3. The hole demands 154 yards of precision. The left pin position is protected by a large bunker. A lone pot bunker awaits shots that go long.

# 18 / Hole #18

Par: 5

Handicaps:
Men's 15 Women's 5

Yardage by Tee:

GOLD 548

BLACK 523

BLUE 517

WHITE 480

GREEN 425

Slope:

Black 137 | Blue 135 | White 130 | White- Ladies 142 | Green- Men 122 | Green- Ladies 128 | Red- Ladies 125

Pro Tips

This 548 yard par 5 provides an exciting finish to your round. A well-placed drive avoiding the bunker complex on the left will set up an interesting second shot. A lay-up to the right must keep way from a large fairway bunker. Going for the green will require a carry of a lake which wraps around the green in the front, left, and back.