Fred Enke Golf Course

3.5947000000 3.6 stars from 5 (264)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6807 yards
  • Slope: 136
  • Rating: 72.0
  • Layout

  • 8251 E Irvington Rd, Tucson, Arizona 85730, Pima County
  • (520) 791-2539
  • www.tucsoncitygolf.com
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Year built: 1983
Architect(s): Dick Phelps, Brad Benz
Type: Public
Style: Desert
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Shirt and shoes required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tournament 72 6807 yards 72.0 136
Championship 72 6363 yards 69.3 128
Regular 72 5804 yards 68.8 124
Forward (W) 72 4700 yards 72.9 124

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 264 Reviews
5 stars:
33
4 stars:
135
3 stars:
65
2 stars:
18
1 stars:
13

recommend this course

226 out of 261 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive near the airport   Great for locals wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers   Challenges include forced carries bunkers elevation changes   Great for drinks  

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"Target Golf"


glfgy74's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fun golf course even though there are a few holes that seem a bit quirky. I've never been a fan of par 5's that take driver out of your hand. The two front side par 5's are just weird...but don't let that discourage you, three shot par 5's test your patience and can be fun as well! The sand traps should be filled in and just made to be grass bunkers, they are never playable...concrete!

Overall, this course grows on you and is a good test!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best Tucson muni"


Plaxco's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens were very slow. Otherwise, course is in good shape and the only true desert muni in Tucson. Couple of forced carries that can be tough for seniors. Otherwise, a gem.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Fred's golf!"


airjrd56's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is in good shape staff was great! Course was challenging.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"best bang for the buck"


tucson4gary's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

the course is the best muni I have played in Tucson and the price was right. I would pick this one far more often if it were a little closer to where I stayed.

I found the staff to be friendly, but not really forthcoming and I saw the cart girl just once. The cafe/bar was closed when I finished my round at 4:05, alas.


Player Tip: hitting more than a 3wood on 17 is going to get you in trouble -- same with no 1 keep your tee shots left center. Don't try to cut off too much on th

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"fun course to play"


canderson47's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoy this course; each hole is different and some have extremely challenging features (like, you can't see what's ahead of you without driving up and taking a look and there are some St. Andrews bunkers!). You'll have a good chance of seeing wildlife, too. Now, the disadvantages: poorly marked holes and limited directional signs (showing where to go for the next hole); would be challenging to walk, as there is some distance between holes; cafe closed by 4 pm; only one bathroom (hole 7 and 15), but lots of cover you could use if needed! Greens were in great condition; fairways in moderately good condition. Overall, well worthwhile to golf here.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"This course is fun and has an interesting layout."


cscott928's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For a city course, this is a great buy as well as having some very interesting hole layouts with varying elevations, doglegs, and green play. They don't have a yardage book but you can print a course layout on the website or just consult the map at each hole. Enjoyed playing here several times and will continue.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Tucson's best Muni"


montyturner's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2016
Previously played Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The layout of Fred Enke is a delight. No cookie-cutter course here with monotonous side by side fairways. We love to walk Fred Enke and with just a couple of small hills, it is very walkable giving ample opportunities to see lots of wildlife and birdlife.

The greens are in excellent shape, with lots of contours. Tricky, but fair and true.

With no housing or roads nearby, it is a quiet, peaceful golf experience.

Fred Enke is a must golf and a must return.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A nice golf outing"


pdcorbin40's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The weather was nearly ideal and the course was in great condition for winter. The fairways were tight and the greens were moderately fast. Our foursome was able to complete 18 holes in 4 hours. We never waited on anyone and only had to let one twosome play through. Overall we had a great time on this interesting layout.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"This course has terrible bunkers"


Chief1950's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The bunkers only have about 1/4 inch of sand mixed with dirt. You can't play a proper bunker shot out of the bunkers. Once you get down through the 1/4 inch of sand/dirt, the club hits hard ground, bounces and you either scald the ball or hit the side of the bunkers. Worst bunkers I have ever played.


Player Tip: Stay out of the bunkers

Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The course has great views"


pinkfloyd1964's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/29/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was a single but was teamed up with some great people,but the pace of the game was really slow from the groups up front,two other groups caught up to us


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Very fair course"


u000005272668's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/29/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Play a bit slow, but not to the point of aggravation. Course and greens present a very good challenge.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"pace was moving too slow"


truelighttus's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

many people were moving too slow. finally gave up on the 2nd 9 holes and left the course.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Good"


u000008153640's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/11/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Was an average course, little pricey for the course.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Course needs a Marshall"


TBrannigan's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Guess you get what you pay for. Glad we had a hot deal otherwise would be very upset. Took almost 5 hours to complete our round. Waited on every tee box. Course had too many people on it. Actually ran out of carts and had to wait until some golfers finished before we could get one. Some golfers seemed more interested in the beer than the golf. Course is wild. Loved that aspect.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Hate the Drought, Not the Course"


enchilara's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/23/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Boy, when the City of Tucson lets Fred Enke start watering the fairways again, this course will be beautiful! Not a big fan of dormant crud. And those thinned out areas that front the approaches to the greens.

I enjoyed the mix of left/right doglegs and the absence of straight holes (except #18)! The par 5 layouts are very challenging in that they narrow down near the greens so it makes you decide on a risk/reward 2nd shot to try for the green. I chose to layup on every par 5 (except #18).

We'll be back!


Player Tip: Bring a camera and a snake bit kit when the summer hits! Way big time reptile environment!

Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"3.5514 stars"


chrisbb's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/16/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

local knowledge will help you score better, mainly on back nine. greens were pretty good. shot accuracy important!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"Enjoy playing this course because it is quite different than what We play at home."


VKMorgan's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/09/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is challenging, but also has a few holes that are easier than others. Enjoy the scenery and the greens. The only thing that could make it better is if the cart paths were smoother.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"A Challenging Public Course"


Michaelvz's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/05/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff was very courteous when I arrived and sent me out early. Some of the holes have a fairly tight fairway
to quick greens. Some nice views. I would certainly play here again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Staff!"


dedapair's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/27/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I had an 8:00 tee time, but play was delayed until 9:15 due to frost. Since I was a single, the starter got me out first off number one, and I never slowed down. Finished at 11:30 and had a great round.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Windy and Cold"


u542988033's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/26/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was a windy and cold day but the course was great. The greens are nice it's a real challenging course for the a first timer.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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