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Melissa Luellen

Melissa Luellen is the head womens golf coach at Arizona State University, a position she has held since 2002. She was named both the 2006 Pac-10 Coach of the Year and West Region Coach of the Year by the National Golf Coaches Association. Before taking up coaching, Luellen enjoyed an 11-year tenure on the LPGA Tour, which included wins at the 1991 Stratton Mountain LPGA Classic and 1993 JC Penney Classic.


 

 


No. 5
Karsten Golf Course
Karsten Golf Course
Tempe, Ariz.
 
Year opened: 1989
Course type: Public
Architect: Pete Dye
Price: $108
Website: www.asukarsten.com
 
Luellens take: I have to put Karsten on the list as it is convenient and really enjoyable to play. Helps to hit the ball straight or else you turn into a mountain goat on the Pete Dye hills. Home of Champions here at Arizona State University.
 

No. 4
Pine Canyon Club
Pine Canyon Club
Flagstaff, Ariz.
 
Year opened: 2004
Course type: Private
Architect: Jay Moorish
Website: www.pinecanyon.net
 
Luellens take: Oh, the views! Great getaway from the summer heat and only a two-hour drive from Phoenix. My dream is to retire here!
 

No. 3
The Estancia Club
The Estancia Club
Scottsdale, Ariz.
 
Year opened: 1995
Course type: Private
Architect: Tom Fazio
Website: www.estanciaclub.com
 
Luellens take: I love Fazio courses and this is one of his best. I get excited whenever I get invited to play here. Challenging yet fair.
 

No. 2
Whisper Rock Golf Club
Whisper Rock Golf Club
Scottsdale, Ariz.
 
Year opened: 2001
Course type: Private
Architect: Gary Stephenson/Phil Mickelson
Website: www.whisperrockgolf.com
 
Luellens take: The Rock has 36 great holes. Ill put the entire membership up against any club for average low handicap. A real treat to play!
 

No. 1
Paradise Valley C.C.
Paradise Valley Country Club
Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Website: www.paradisevalleycc.com
 
Year opened: 1953
Course type: Private
Architect: Lawrence Marion Hughes/Keith R. Foster
 
Luellens take: A beautiful and challenging traditional course, Paradise Valley is the teams favorite to play.
 

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