This course fully closed around 10 years ago and was going back to the desert until the tribe decided to make a go of it again.
I saw the place for the first time in 2013 and again two years ago. They are making strides, but it’s hard for them. Consider that they get very little play (look at that parking lot) and what play they do get is at very low prices. They’re higher in the desert than Phoenix so it’s cooler, which is great in the summer but means it’s tough in the winter even to overseed or keep up the conditions they have, let alone fix the damaged areas.
To get there, you basically drive by every other nice course and casino in Scottsdale or the Phoenix area, so only a diehard or a local is going to be out there playing. In the sping and summer, the fairways green up and the course really gets to be in pretty good shape. They just don’t have the budget to overseed the fairways in the winter (and the course plays great dormant). One time I was there they painted the dormant turf which was weird but hey if it helps people overcome their fear of brown then whatever.
It’s a fantastic course. If it were in the same condition as any other course in Scottsdale, I’d have it as the best public course in the state. As it is, it’s a curiosity. Worth seeing, if you’re really into Tom Doak or GCA and willing to overlook some suspect conditions. It’s fun as hell to play, too, the kind of course where in 4 rounds I have and two eagles, a raft of birdies but also a bunch of doubles. It dares you to take chances and the greens can make you look brilliant or totally stupid. It’s a shame that it’s so far away and has struggled so much over it’s relatively short life.