The 2nd hole is a challenge right off the tee. The tee box is surrounded by homes on the right and left, but not to worry they are well protected by vegetation. Drives down the center of the fairway will give you the best chance for making the green on your second shot. Missing to the left will land you in the desert and missing right will put you in the middle of tall grassy mounds. As you approach the green, be careful not to over shoot it, as three hidden bunkers are lurking behind, left and right of the green.
The 3rd hole starts with a deceptive tee box that does not line up with the fairway - start this hole by lining up on the right side of the tee box. The “straighter the better” is the motto for this hole, so keep your ball in the middle of the fairway to avoid desert, bunkers and treacherous mounds. The three-tiered green is guarded by bunkers on the left and right. Pay close attention to pin placement, you don’t want to find yourself standing on the wrong tier here.
From the elevated tee boxes, it is easy to see why the 8th hole is Painted Desert’s signature hole. This par 3 measures 187 yards from the championship tees. The green is well guarded by water front-left and bunkers back-left and right. You will want to play below the hole on this back to front sloping green.
The 14th hole is a challenging dog-leg right, with the entire right side guarded from tee to green by water. The left side is guarded by fairway bunkers, and a giant willow tree guarding the bend in the middle. The narrow fairway has a deceptively steep slope towards the water, so aim for left of the middle. Long hitters can drive right of the tree and carry the water to land in the fairway with a nice easy shot to the green. Stay dry, and you will score well.
The 16th hole is a 148-yard par 3, with one of the largest greens on the course that can easily be reached with a short iron. With an ample putting surface to work with, it is best to keep to the front side of the green. The back has a tricky downhill slope that can be quite fast.