Powderfinger G.C.

Designer: Rich Banker

Course Description:

Powderfinger G.C. is fictionally located outside of Tucson, AZ. Lush plantings begin at the central clubhouse and extend along the course itinerary. This course features large waste bunker areas and extensive bunkering that will require a few carries across the desert landscape. Swaths of fairway and greens contrast nicely against the reflections of the late afternoon desert sun. You will definitely see influences from TPC of Scottsdale and Dove Mountain. Hole 16 is an attempt to create an amphitheater setting reminiscent of the 16th at Scottsdale. At the periphery of the course you'll notice an irrigation canal, a suburban development, bordering hills, and an open desert prairie to provide some context and a little bit of immersion to the course. *This course has also been published using the boreal theme as Powderfinger G.C. (boreal Blue Tees)

Staff Review:

Let’s get one thing out of the way quick, Powderfinger G.C. is the new benchmark for desert courses. Rich Banker has managed to bring something special to life. If you are designing a desert course and you haven’t played this course, stop right now and play this course.

Before you tee off on the 1st, take a second to scan the surroundings. In fact, before every shot, take a second to look around. The attention to detail and innovative use of different surfaces is simply astounding. On a dirt road that snakes through the hills and mountains, you arrive at a lush green oasis that is the Powderfinger club house.

Step onto the 1st tee and your drive takes you over a massive waste bunker into an ample landing area, but watch the wind from your back. As the ball flies through the air sit back and admire the scenery once again. The ample green welcomes you with a short iron approach shot. Play it well and you set yourself up for a birdie. The slightly off target approach shot will go unpunished as the green lends a helping hand. Stray too far at your own peril.

The use of waste bunkers features heavily on this course, but at no point does it feel like it’s too much. It creates a certain atmosphere and provides great contrast on the course. The planting is also excellent. It’s minimalistic but adds heaps to the desert atmosphere. If I had to be picky the size of the plants are too similar but then I would have to be very picky. Overall a visual masterpiece and you will struggle to find a better looking course out there.

The course layout has been well thought through and it has a very nice tempo to it. The fairways and rough creation is exemplary and the firmness and green speeds matches the surroundings perfectly. The hills and undulations of the fairways never feel out of place or artificial. They flow with the rest of the surroundings. The green's complex designs stand out. A lot of time was spent and it shows. A well planned and executed shot will be rewarded and even a little wayward approach will be helped closer by the slopes of the greens. Treat your approach shots with disregard, and you will find yourself an awful long way from the cup.

Every time you step onto a teebox at Powderfinger not only are you presented with some of the best scenery The Golf Club has to offer, but a chance at reward for well planned and executed shots. This is one of those absolutely have to play courses.

Tournaments Hosted

Year Event Tour Winner
2015 Commercial Bank Qatar Masters European Scott Doyley
2015 Dasani Desert Challenge Champions-A Steven Del Nunzio
2015 Dasani Desert Challenge Champions-B 0
2016 Wayne Enterprises Invitational CC-A Mark Syms
2016 Wayne Enterprises Invitational CC-B Mike Levitt
2016 Wayne Enterprises Invitational CC-C Eric Lilly
2016 Wayne Enterprises Invitational CC-D Martin Kaluza
2016 Wayne Enterprises Invitational CC-E Víctor Romero
2016 Wayne Enterprises Invitational CC-Z Bobby Pauls
2018 Waste Management Phoenix Open True Sim Jeff Day

Other Courses by Rich Banker

Course Name Theme Par
Powderfinger G.C. (Tournament Pin A) Desert 71
Gator Hole G.C. Boreal 72
North Atlantic Links at Pominville Links 72
Spartina G.C. Countryside 72
The Breakers Delta 71
Spartina G.C. II Countryside 72
Wailua Valley G.C. Tropical 72

Member Reviews:

nice course fun to play greens very fair
Reviewed by: Eamonn Dowd on 8/28/2015
Super course! My favourite desert theme by a mile... Congrats on a great design, was feeling like I was playing a real course here... Got to be in one of the tour events surely
Reviewed by: Wendy Airey on 12/18/2014
All I could think as a designer while playing this course was... "I'm not worthy, I'm not worthy!"
Reviewed by: Brandon Pugh on 12/18/2014
Nothing much to say that has not already been said, it's perfect.
Reviewed by: Steve Lillico on 12/18/2014
Easily the best desert course out there.  Great to play and just beautiful.  Should be considered for one of the top 10 courses of all time.
Reviewed by: Brionne Beaumont-Thomas on 1/14/2015