The hole
The course
The Links Course at the Arizona Biltmore
Par 3
Yardage 183

Eucalyptus trees encircle the green on the 15th hole on the Links Course at the Arizona Biltmore

A Lasting Impression

Tee Time

Dramatic views make this challenging par-3 hole in Arizona simply unforgettable

Every golfer has that hole they just can't forget. Maybe it was the clever design that got under your skin. Perhaps it was the sheer beauty of the surroundings that became imprinted on your mind. Or—if you were lucky—it was because you had your finest swing off the tee. Whatever the reason, the memory of that hole lingers on and is forever tempting you to come back for another round.

The 15th hole on the Links Course at the Arizona Biltmore, A Waldorf Astoria Resort is that hole for many golfers. Though Scottish links courses are typically found in windswept coastal settings, without many obstacles besides the tall grasses and deep bunkers, the Biltmore's Links Course offers the traditional rolling layout in a mountainous desert setting—complete with plenty of bunkers.

Amidst this spectacular setting lies a very unexpected hole.

"The most special hole is without question the 15th," says Brad Harrington, head golf professional at Links. "The 183-yard, par-3 hole features a dramatically elevated tee box that looks onto a beautiful green below, which is surrounded by natural desert landscape and enclosed by more than 10 mature eucalyptus trees. From the tee box, there are 360-degree views of the entire valley, including the downtown Phoenix cityscape to the south, the majestic Camelback Mountain to the east, Piestewa Peak to the north, and clear skies to California to the west."

Unless you want to leave the 15th with a memory of frustration, heed Harrington's words in approaching the hole: "It commands respect but is fair; it will punish a poor shot but will reward a good one. For me, there isn't a better feeling than standing on the 15th tee box and hitting a great iron shot that floats through the air and lands on the green below."

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