The Cocopah Bend Golf Course rests on a gentle lay of land that is an easy walk for golfers. The course is narrow and demands accuracy, but is also fair and rewarding to players of all levels. Water and bunkers are blended with doglegs and narrow fairways, and the course's three par 3s are some of the best in the southwest. The par 73, 18-hole course measures 5,731 yards from the back tees, with a USGA slope of 113 and a USGA rating of 68.2. Three sets of tees are available to accommodate varying levels of play. The course measures 5,271 yards from the front tees, with a USGA slope of 116 and a USGA rating of 70.7. The signature hole for the course is #18, a 502-yard par 5, which requires the utmost accuracy as it is guarded by water on the right and boundary limits on the left.
Here's some advice, from local players "Golf Course Tricks and turns are the exception at Cocopah, where straight and narrow fairways are signature. The back nine offers more of a challenge both in length and shot selection, with two finishing holes that can make or break a round."
FAVORITE HOLE: "Number six requires the right type of flight path, but anyone who can avoid the tree protecting the right side of the fairway off the tee will be playing for birdie. At 270 yards from the back tees, there are more rewards than risks that come into play."
EASIEST: "The ninth hole would be a brutal par-3, measuring 239 yards and moving slightly uphill with a bunker guarding the front of the green. But as a par-4, it's a great chance to save one's front nine score or make a run at eagle."
MOST CHALLENGING: "Number 17, at 353 yards, this is actually one of the longer par-4s on the course. Accuracy off the tee is vital, and the margin for error is slim with a small fairway. Players can bail out to the right, but most will pay the price with a blind approach shot over the bushes. The green is bigger than it looks from the fairway, but any shot that still travels long or right runs the risk of being lost in the wash or the fields."