Acacia course, a par 36 that stretches to 3,435 yards, is the best of the three nines primarily because of its last four holes.
No. 6 is a 190-yard par 3 to an elevated green, No. 7 is a short, 374-yard par 4 that looks benign until the approach shot; then it’s a tricky shot to a narrow green protected by seven bunkers. No. 8 is a 219-yard par 3, and No. 9 is the signature hole at the resort. The 531-yard par 5 features an 80-foot drop from the tee box to the fairway. Mounds to the right of the fairway turn every ball to the left, which is not a good thing given a lake runs all the way up the left side to the green. Westin Kierland Resort & Spa sits behind the green and is a picture postcard waiting to happen.
Mesquite nine plays at 3,478 yards. It is the flattest of the three courses, but it also features perhaps the toughest hole on the property, the 468-yard, par-4 sixth hole. No. 9 is also a bear, a 427-yard par 4 with a green that’s fronted by a large lake and protected by six bunkers.
Ironwood, a par 36 at 3,539 yards, is a combo-platter. It has some of Acacia’s signature mounding but also more of a links feel that makes it arguably the most player-friendly of the three tracks.