Mike Bailey

Senior Staff Writer

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in the Houston area. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 20 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @Accidentlgolfer.

  • 5.0 stars from 5

    We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

    "Saguaro one of Arizona's very best"

    First off, I've never played a Coore-Crenshaw course I didn't like and this is among their very best. I rated this a notch over the Cholla Course, which I also love, simply because the holes are a little more memorable. They both share the incredible views of the Sonoran Desert and mountains and are impeccably conditioned. Depending on the set of tees you play, it can be incredibly challenging, too, but never boring. more »

    4.0 stars from 5

    Wigwam Golf & Country Club

    "New Patriot Course more playable, fun"

    With the removal of some 30 bunkers, an improved irrigation system and excellent turf conditions, the newly renovated Patriot Course at Wigwam Resort is very playable by all levels of players. My only concern is that the removal of the bunkers took away some of the definition of this little 6,000 yard gem, but it's a minor concern. The integrity of the course remains virtually unchanged and one of the my favorite holes, the short par-4 14th still has its signature bunkers. more »

    4.0 stars from 5

    Golf Club of Houston

    "Great collection of holes"

    If this course flowed a little better, I would have given it five stars. It's set on 450 acres, and the distances between 1 and 2, and 17 and 18 are very long, which makes it difficult for spectators during the Shell Houston Open. But the holes themselves are terrific and most memorable. There's nothing boring about this golf course, and the finishing stretch is among the best in golf, culminating with one of the best par 4s you'll ever play (water down the entire left side with a foreboding fairway bunker on the right). Best to time to play by the way is the winter or spring because the course is heavily overseeded. It really is a cool-season golf course. more »

    4.0 stars from 5

    We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

    "Cholla a classic among Scottsdale area courses"

    I was tempted to give the Cholla Course, which was recently renovated, five stars, but in fairness to the Saguaro Course, which I like a little better, I'm giving it four, but it's really 4 1/2. It's obviously one of the best conditioned courses in the desert, and like its sister course, the views are amazing. This a course that never gets old, from the tee to the terrific greens complexes. more »