Nestled just outside of historic Florence, Arizona, a true hidden gem of the Southwest awaits you. Deriving its name from the nearby Poston Butte, named in honor Charles Poston, Poston Butte Golf Club serves as the centerpiece of the Pulte Group’s Anthem at Merrill Ranch. With five sets of tee boxes on each hole and no forced carries off the tees, save the signature par-3 17th featuring an island green, Poston Butte Golf Club provides an enjoyable golf experience to all that play. Managed by Troon Golf, the recognized world-wide leader in luxury golf experiences, this Gary Panks design is always in excellent condition throughout the year.
The first thought that many have regarding residential golf courses is the fear that the homes neighboring the course encroach upon the players making one feel claustrophobic and a bit apprehensive about sending a shot slightly off-line. Not so at Poston Butte.
The Pulte Group carefully plotted each home site around the course to provide players enough breathing room to keep the ball in play while still offering wonderful views of the course to homeowners. Add in the generous fairways that are much wider than average, and the player’s only concern left will be keeping their ball out of the forty-nine bunkers which have each been strategically placed throughout the course. With just two water hazards on the course, Poston Butte lends itself to helping you keep all of your golf balls. That is unless your determination gets the better of you on the 17th hole, prompting you to reach into every pocket in the bag searching for a ball that you can successfully land on the popular island green.
Although it receives the most attention, the 169 yard 17th hole is not the only memorable par 3 at Poston Butte. The remaining three each have their own unique characteristics to keep your full attention. At 235 yards, the 4th hole can play like a short par 4 when the hole is cut all the way in the back of the green measuring 44 yards in depth. At 166 yards, the 7th hole is the shortest par 3 on the course but a deep bunker that runs along the entire right side and multi-tiered green with steep run-off areas make it just as treacherous at #17. At 193 yards, the 12th hole rivals with #17 for being the most picturesque par 3. Bunkers guard both sides of the green which sits atop a wall of stacked stones. A small collection of saguaro cactus also decorates the surrounding native areas of granite and other desert fauna making the hole a beautiful sight as sundown approaches.
The remaining fourteen holes comprised of four par 5’s and ten par 4’s each provide great opportunity for blissful success, or dismal failures. The generosity that has been given to the players in the form of wide fairways is balanced out with green complexes that place a premium on thoughtful approach shots. Contoured greens and a deep bunker make firing at the flag a risky proposition. On many occasions, players will have to use their creativity to find the safest way to the hole. Golfers with a deft short game and a steady putter will do well at Poston Butte, while those without will quickly understand the adage of “driving for show and putting for dough.”
Located just outside of one of the oldest towns in Arizona, the golf course pays homage to its historic surroundings. The hill known as Poston Butte is located just east of the golf course and is visible from most every hole on the front nine. The hill was named after Charles Poston, a western pioneer, explorer, politician, journalist and expert in Indian affairs. Poston is regarded as the “Father of Arizona” because of his role in convincing Abraham Lincoln to create the territory of Arizona in 1863. Poston lived in Arizona and served as its first delegate to the US Congress. Upon discovering an Apache ruin atop a hill on the northwest side of Florence, he visualized the tower ruin as a temple where Indians once conducted worship ceremonies.
In tribute, he dedicated his personal wealth in 1870 to constructing a pathway leading to a resurrected fire temple known as “Poston’s Butte.” In 1925, nearly 23 years after his death, Poston was buried at the summit of his beloved “Poston’s Butte,” which still stands today. The fire temple serves as the logo for Poston Butte Golf Club and is used throughout. Smaller scale pyramids serve as the tee markers and monument signs for each hole in addition to the logoed apparel in the golf shop. A picture of Charles Poston and his story is also displayed in the golf shop for all to learn and enjoy the rich history of the surrounding land.
As magnificent as the golf course is, so to is the master-planned community for which it is the highlight. Anthem at Merrill Ranch is the latest development for the Pulte Group and the first to offer the unique combination of the Sun City by Del Webb lifestyle and the Parkside by Pulte Homes lifestyles in one community.
Living in the active-adult community of Sun City Anthem, you’ll be able to focus on you health, wellness, and personal enrichment in new and exhilarating ways. From the amazing Union Center for Wellness and Higher Learning, complete with resort-style pools, clubs and classes, an outdoor putting green and the ASU Lifelong Learning Academy, this 3,100 acre setting offers everything under the sun for today’s busy active adults.
The all-ages community, Parkside by Pulte Homes is perfect for today’s busy families. Loads of incredible amenities including a 43,000 square foot community center complete with state of the art fitness equipment, indoor basketball courts, a rock climbing wall and the popular Big Splash Water Park, provide ample opportunity for you and your family to stay healthy and active without having to leave the neighborhood.
Troon Golf has enjoyed a longstanding partnership with the Pulte Group to open and operate multiple golf courses in master-planned communities such as Poston Butte in Arizona as well as numerous others in Nevada and Florida. Operating in 23 countries and 31 American states, Troon’s focus on providing the finest playing surfaces, outstanding hospitality, and unmatched amenities has created a brand recognized a the industry leader in creating memorable and exceptional golf experiences.
What makes Poston Butte even better is that you can play it. As a daily-fee golf course, Poston Butte Golf Club is open to all players and offers affordable green fees throughout the season. Tee times can be booked via the phone at 520.723.1880 or online at www.bookthebutte.com. Special rates are also available to homeowners in the Anthem at Merrill Ranch community. It’s also easy to get to whether you’re coming from Phoenix or Tucson. After just one round here, you’ll want to tell all your friends that Poston Butte is a must-play. Then again, maybe you’d rather this gem remain hidden and keep it all to yourself.