Estancia, our Best New Private Course of 1996 was Tom Fazio’s initial entry into the Scottsdale scene. Positioned beneath the north slopes of Pinnacle Peak and routed to provide a variety of uphill and downhill shots and a change of direction on almost every hole, Estancia is an easterner’s version of rock-and-cactus architecture, with wide turf corridors, few desert carries and greens wilder than most. Former Fazio design associate Kevin Sutherland (no relation to the PGA Tour player of the same name) has made slight design adjustments in recent years.
100 Greatest: Ranked since 1999. Highest ranking: No. 61, 2013-'14. 2021-'22 ranking: No. 72.
Best in State: Ranked first, 2011-'22. Ranked inside the top 5, 1997-2010.