The 5,200-foot elevation leaves several holes vulnerable to frontal assault. Four par fours are drivable on a windless day. But there's the rub: StoneRidge is notorious for swirling breezes that blow mis-hits astray. The remedy is patient course management—wind-cheating punch shots into devious doglegs, safely clear of ball-snaring washes.
A little local knowledge goes a long way at this environmentally sensitive design, which utilizes 28 percent less irrigatable turf than the state's water-conserving maximum of ninety acres. Still, the lush landscape is proving a magnet for such desert denizens as coyotes, hawks and roadrunners. As news of StoneRidge's pleasures travels, there'll be more bag-toting bipeds as well.
Greens Fees: $40-$69. Tee Times: 928-772-6500 or visit stoneridgegolf.com. Nearby: Prescott Golf & Country Club (6 miles; 928-772-8984); Sedona Golf Resort (51 miles; 928-284-9355).