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Saturday, July 22, 2017

Raven Golf Course Continuing Comeback

 Raven Golf Club Phoenix #18Since being acquired for the third time in June 2006, the Raven Golf Club at 3636 E. Baseline Rd. has gone through several changes, including new management and even a new name.

 

Now managed by OB Sports Golf Management, the club – known in part for its 6,000 Georgia pine trees that line the course’s meandering fairways – has returned to its former glory.

 

“The golf course is back to what it used to be,” said Derek Crawford, general manager at the Raven Golf Club – Phoenix, which was voted one of the “Top 50 Public Courses in the Country” in Golf World’s 2009 Reader Choice Awards. “Not only is it important that we have a great product in the condition of the golf course, but what’s more important is the customer service and how we take care of our guests.”

 

Of course, as the mercury rises, so do deals at Valley golf courses – and the Raven Golf Club – Phoenix (formerly known as the Raven at South Mountain) is no exception.

 

For $59, the Raven Summer Pass allows golfers to play the course at the lowest rate and bring up to three guests. So instead of the current rack rate of $99 on weekdays and $109 on weekends, cardholders only pay $52 on weekdays and $57 on weekends.

 

After May 16, the rate falls to $35 for weekdays and $39 on weekends. Discounts are also available at other OB Sports properties, including ASU Karsten Golf Course, Eagle Mountain Golf Club and Vista Verde Golf Club.

 

The pass is valid through Sept. 28.

 

The Raven Practice Club program just started too. For $65 a month, golfers can play unlimited practice for long game, short game and putting using the south end of the practice facility. Normally, costs for golf balls are $8 for a small bag and $13 for a large one.

 

“So you can see how, if you want to practice, this is the best way to go,” Crawford added.

 

Program members can also play the golf course for a $20 cart fee, as long as they book 24 hours in advance.

 

Last November, PGA teaching professional Eddie Kilthau was added to the club’s golf instruction team, which also includes Al Murdock, a longtime Southwest Section PGA professional and a certified club fitter at the Raven.

 

Kilthau, who’s been in the golf industry as a player and teacher for more than 37 years, also served as director of instruction at Vistal Golf Club near 7th Street and Dobbins Roads. He specializes in teaching women, beginners and the short game.

“The Raven is one of the finest facilities in Arizona, and I am proud to call that my home base,” Kilthau said. “It’s a privilege to be associated with OB Sports and the reputation of the Raven. I want the club to become the center of activity for the community of golfers we are building.”

 

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