Seven Canyons Sedona, Arizona

3755 Long Canyon Road
Sedona, Arizona 86336
866 367 8844
Seven Canyons Website

FACILITIES
CONDITIONING
COURSE
STAFF
Pro Shop
9
Tee Boxes
10
Yardage Marker
8
Attendants
9
Range
n/a
Fairways
10
Pace of Play
10
Starter
9
Practice Green
10
Rough
9
Scenery
10
Marshals
9
Chipping Green
9
Greens
10
Architecture
10
PGA Pro
10
Carts
9
Bunkers
9
Challenge
10
Pro Shop Staff
9
Restaurant
9
Water Hazards
9
Caddies
9
19th Hole
8
Overall:
9
Overall:
10
Overall:
10
Overall:
9

REVIEW:
Seven Canyons is located in Sedona, Arizona. Earlier in 2003 USA Today ran an article in their weekend news magazine in which they picked the 10 most beautiful places in America. Guess whom they picked # 1. Yep, it was Sedona, Arizona. And with good reason. Sedona is located at the western edge of the Colorado plateau at 4,500 feet above sea level. The Grand Canyon is a short 2-hour drive to the north. Sedona has mild weather year round and is surrounded by national forest land. Everywhere you turn you are struck by the natural beauty of the red rock sandstone formations. It is truly a magical place.

Seven Canyons was designed by Tom Weiskopf and was completed in 2002. Tom is one of the top course designers in the world and while we have not spoken to him directly we feel confident that he would say that Seven Canyons is easily his best design. Tom said, “When I first saw the property it took my breath away.” Internationally known photographer Tony Roberts states, “Seven Canyons is the most beautiful golf course in the world”. The land that was used for Seven Canyons had been land that was originally homesteaded over a hundred years ago. The Homestead Act back in the late 1800’s allowed people to stake a claim to 160 acres and if they lived on it for 5 years and improved the land by farming or ranching they were able to receive a deed to the property. The golf course is completely surrounded by national forest and will stay in its natural state for the foreseeable future.

Seven Canyons is open to play by invitation only and they have a limited number of memberships available. The Golf Test USA staff was fortunate enough to by invited to play and we jumped at the chance. Playing a round of golf at Seven Canyons is much more than a day of golf. It is an experience that is enjoyed even before you arrive, as the drive out to the course is a geography lesson that takes you back in time 350 million years as you view much of the layers of sand stone that has eroded away.

The staff was extremely accommodating from the moment we arrived. Before we began play we were assigned a caddy for our foursome. Carts are not allowed out on the course so our caddy went ahead of us to act as spotter out on the fairway as we hit our drives. He kept us apprised of the distances we had for our next shots and provided us with valuable local knowledge throughout the round. The course was in immaculate condition and each hole was approached with eager anticipation of our next golf challenge and the beautiful views that awaited us. The greens were extremely quick and undulating. We were all pleased whenever we were able escape with just 2 putting the hole. At several tee boxes along the way there were coolers filled with cold sodas, gator aide, candy bars and snacks in the event we needed to cool off or get some instant energy. Even though we didn’t play as well as we would have liked we all know that this was one day of golf that we would never forget.

John Erickson is the new General Manager at Seven Canyons and Larry Murphy has just arrived as the Director of Golf. The staff at Golf Test USA wants to thank John, Larry and the rest of the Seven Canyons staff for what was one of the most memorable days we have ever had on a golf course.

A driving range is in the plans and should be completed within the year. 

RATING:
GolfTest USA recommends Seven Canyons as an “ELITE” golf course in the Northern Arizona area.

Elite Course:
The best the area has to offer
Must Play Course:
Don’t miss playing here
Quality Course:
Good solid track
Average Course:
A standard golf experience
Only in a Pinch:
Below average golf