Pine Canyon golf course - hole 3
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Pine Canyon golf course - hole 3
The par-3 third hole on the golf course at Pine Canyon drops gloriously downhill to the green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Pine Canyon golf course
The view from the Pine Canyon clubhouse is bathed in scenery. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Pine Canyon G.C.
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Pine Canyon G.C.
Shadows creep up the fairway at Pine Canyon, one of the best private golf clubs in Arizona. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Pine Canyon golf course - hole 19
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Pine Canyon golf course - hole 19
Settle all bets on the 19th hole -- an extra par 3 -- at Pine Canyon in Flagstaff, Arizona. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Pine Canyon golf course - hole 1
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Pine Canyon golf course - hole 1
The first hole at Pine Canyon doglegs left, then finishes at an elevated green. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Pine Canyon golf course - hole 2
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Pine Canyon golf course - hole 2
The second hole at Pine Canyon climbs uphill, making a tough par 4 even longer. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Pine Canyon golf course - hole 18
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Pine Canyon golf course - hole 18
The 18th tee at Pine Canyon overlooks the finishing par 4 and offers a glimpse of the clubhouse. Courtesy of Pine Canyon
Pine Canyon GC
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Pine Canyon GC
Pine Canyon's alpine setting in Flagstaff, Arizona is ruggedly beautiful, even with homes around it. Courtesy of Pine Canyon
Pine Canyon - clubhouse
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Pine Canyon - clubhouse
The Pine Canyon clubhouse is a great hangout for members and their guests. Courtesy of Pine Canyon
Pine Canyon real estate
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Pine Canyon real estate
The Pine Canyon golf community in Flagstaff, Arizona offers real estate opportunities at various price points, including this stunning $4-million-plus, custom-built home. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Pine Canyon: An exclusive mountain golf community in Flagstaff, Arizona

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- As first impressions go, Pine Canyon wows any golfer who gets inside the gates.

At the bag drop, players are greeted not only by staff from operator Troon Golf, but a statue of a young boy wearing knickers and a cap and carrying his bag. The nearby fountain he's standing next to leads to others. The sound of falling water intensifies as golfers walk up the stairs to the main 35,000-square-foot clubhouse on the left or the men's locker room on the right. The tiered outdoor patio that separates the two reveals a stunning view. The island green below, surrounded by water and magnificent stone, is for the 19th hole.

It's easy to see why Pine Canyon remains one of the most exclusive private clubs and master-planned golf communities in Arizona. Pine Canyon is a 620-acre development of Symmetry Companies, a residential and lifestyle company committed to offering premium, resort-influenced amenities and first-class hospitality.

Pine Canyon, located adjacent to the Coconino National Forest, is anchored by a strikingly beautiful Jay Morrish-designed golf course.

Elevation climbs and drops are common on the 7,272-yard course. So are backdrops of the San Francisco Peaks. The broad fairways sweep through Ponderosa pines, giving the course a mountainous feel at 7,000 feet of elevation. It's distinctly different experience than playing the desert courses so common throughout the rest of the state.

Water comes into play on only five holes, although each time it's dramatic. The first seven holes are dry. Water surrounds three sides of the 11th green, a 152-yard par 3. The par-5 16th hole boomerangs left off of a pond with a creek crossing the fairway closer to the green. The elevated 18th tee box hits the highest note, overlooking the pond near the 18th green and the clubhouse with the mountain peaks looming overhead. The 18th fairway is so steep that it's used by the club as a sledding hill when the snow flies come winter.

After the round, male golfers should take advantage of the men's locker room, a certifiable "man cave" where sports, drinks and golf chatter are the modus operandi. Any day at Pine Canyon will be memorable.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed and photographed more than 1,000 courses and written about golf destinations in 20 countries for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfpass and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.

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