There is a lot to talk about when discussing Longbow Golf Club. The course certainly offers a quality layout and excellent turf conditions but there’s a great deal more to it. Bob McNichols, developer and general manager of Longbow Business Park and Golf, is a true leader in the industry by continually innovating to provide customers with amenities that can make the entire experience better.
With sixteen, the course offers the largest fleet of GolfBoards in Arizona. These “fun to ride” single passenger machines create the feeling of “Surfing the Earth” but with the convenience of a handle and little chance of getting wet – stay away from the lakes, they don’t float. Even with a large fleet on hand, the staff always recommends making a reservation for one at the time of booking your tee time due to the high demand.
Longbow Golf Club recently agreed to add the Toptracer Range technology. In fact, they are one of the first golf course in the state to add the system. This new technology is awesome for getting immediate feedback on how changes in your swing can impact the ball flight and distance. Knowing the distance for each club is one of the most important factors in separating average players with more advance players. Working with this technology will provide invaluable information to assist with proper club selection on the course. This system is scheduled to be installed in August, 2020.
The course layout is extremely strong with all the right combination of strategy, shot placement and challenge. There is a surprising amount of elevation change throughout the golf course considering it is in Northern part of Mesa which is relatively flat – thus the name. The fairways are generous where they should be such as for longer holes while they are slightly tighter for the shorter par fours. The fairways feature rolling mounding throughout giving the course a great deal of character. The bunkers can be large yet there is plenty of real estate separating them so that they can be often avoided. In fact, many greens are only protected by one well placed bunker so it is easier to miss a bunker than hit one on most holes. There is also the opportunity to roll shots onto the greens which can help less experienced players enjoy the course. The design also exemplifies the traditional approach of creating wider areas surrounding the greens for long holes while keeping it tighter with smaller greens for the shorter holes providing what many would consider to be a very fair layout. There are also several sets of tees and combo tees so that it is easy to select a yardage that fits your game. There are actually six sets or combo sets of tees rated so handicapping is very easy.
Emphasis throughout the facility is about quality. Even the fence that marks the outer edges of the property has been built to embrace that feeling while also enhancing the aesthetics of the course. “There’s two and a half miles of it,” remarked Bob McNichols, General Manger of the property. “There are several areas that also incorporate stone as well” he added. Although there are no homes surrounding the course, the future Home2 Suites by Hilton is nearly complete along the 18th fairway. “It will be a great place to stay while playing golf and hanging out with family or friends at the large outdoor patio area of the clubhouse.”
The dedication of the ownership/management towards promoting family and Junior Golf is exhilarating as they provide many programs including the First Tee of Phoenix and Youth on Course which provides great rates and instruction for juniors.
Longbow is truly the perfect example of all the great things a golf facility should offer and more. They have a great loyalty program but also offer a great value to visiting golfers as well. Troon Card holders also receive special pricing as the course is operated as a Troon Golf facility.