Tom Fazio is a master when it comes to designing unique and dramatic golf environments that are as challenging as they are beautiful. A true artist, he was blessed with a wonderful canvas at Black Diamond on which to paint a grand masterpiece. And that he has done, creating a magnificent complex of 45 holes of golf, including the 18-hole Quarry and Ranch Courses and a 9-hole layout named the Highlands Course that’s as worthy of accolades as the first two courses.
The Quarry Course has 13 outstanding golf holes and 5 incredible ones. Holes 13 through 17 play across and around the rims of two canyons up to 80 feet deep, and may well be the most spectacular holes of golf this side of Pebble Beach. Included in this five-hole odyssey are two dramatic drop-shot par-threes, two awesome par-fours and one great risk-reward par-five which yields eagles and birdies, as well as double and triple bogeys. On a cool morning, the 368 yard, par-four 15th hole is truly a slice of heaven.Course Tour
The Ranch Course at Black Diamond is a little more natural and a little less manicured. The fairways are framed by hammocks of oaks and tawny colored sand, and dotted by native vegetation. It doesn't so much occupy the land, as meld into it - a bit like Pine Valley, but more forgiving. In fact, the Ranch may very well be the members' favorite. The Ranch's 16th, 17th and 18th holes "represent the three best finishing holes I've ever designed," according to Fazio.Course Tour
The 9-hole Highlands Course is as worthy and engaging as the Quarry and Ranch Courses and can be played in 9-hole tandem with the front nine of either the Ranch or Quarry Course. The Highlands has its own distinctive character and charm. The fairways are relatively generous, but if you don’t position your tee shots well, you will likely be left with a challenging approach to greens built on the same grade as the fairways. Many of the putting surfaces are open in the front, favoring the old-fashioned bump and run shot.Course Tour
PRACTICE FACILITIES &
Black Diamond has an abundance of practice facilities to help the beginner, scratch golfer, and everyone in between sharpen their game. The driving range is available seven days a week, and features three teeing grounds, a putting green and chippings green, plus a secluded short game practice area with additional range tee. Diamond Dunes, Black Diamond's four hole Executive Course, provides a quiet setting for additional short-game practice or an evening away from the challenge of the Quarry. Black Diamond's PGA Professionals are available for one-on-one lessons, with weekly group clinics, offered as well.