Palmer Course at Wildfire Golf Club at Desert Ridge

4.3848000000 4.4 stars from 5 (382)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7145 yards
  • Slope: 142
  • Rating: 72.7
  • Layout

  • 5350 East Marriott Drive, Phoenix, Arizona 85054, Maricopa County
  • (888) 705-7775, (480) 293-3800
  • (480) 293-3810
  • wildfiregolf.com
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Year built: 1997
Architect(s): Arnold Palmer (1997), Ed Seay
Type: Public
Style: Desert
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Winter Rye Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Wildfire Golf Academy"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt and bermuda shorts required. No denim.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tournament 72 7145 yards 72.7 142
Championship 72 6645 yards 70.4 131
Championship (W) 72 6645 yards 77.4 132
Regular 72 6060 yards 68.1 122
Regular (W) 72 6060 yards 74.0 126
Forward 72 5390 yards 64.8 109
Forward (W) 72 5390 yards 70.6 118
Wildfire 72 4835 yards 62.2 99
Wildfire (W) 72 4835 yards 68.5 107

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 382 Reviews
5 stars:
196
4 stars:
146
3 stars:
32
2 stars:
7
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

362 out of 378 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers a weekend splurge locals   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens forced carries   Great for drinks dinner patio dining  

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"Hot Wildfire"


vcmitch's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had an early morning tee time, 6:30 AM. The high that they would be 106 so the teetime was perfect. The staff was friendly and lwe played in three hours and 20 minutes. I would highly recommend the wildfire experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Perfect day, perfect course"


Mary8314012's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Couldn't have asked for a better day on the golf course. Got this at a great price with Golf Now Hot Deal. Was a gift to my husband for his birthday. He absolutely loved it. He kept remarking about the condition of the course and how impeccable the fairways and greens were. He scored well and made for a perfect day!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Wildfire Pslmer"


rhbphd1031's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great experience on this nice course. Staff were great. Price was most reasonable for course of this quality. We chose to play this course twice in our 10 day stay in the desert & also played the Faldo course once. No hesitation in recommending. Staff were among the most user friendly we found anywhere.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"A Fun Course to Play If You Stay on the Fairway"


Bobemac's avatar
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Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

When Arnie designed this course several decades ago he wanted to bring the illusion of multiple elevations on what was a flat barren desert. Those guys moved tons of dirt to create this land of berms. There are not a lot of golf courses that have artificial berms all over the course. Even the fairways are undulating with bumps appearing throughout.

The most disconcerting feature is the unseen drops off the fairway. If your shot strays just a bit left or right it will land twenty feet down in the sand collection areas.

The pro shop check-in was friendly and efficient with Cheryl.

The starter Devious Dave was a little disorganized. When he promised he would try to work us in early he then "Forgot" because all his members showed up.

This is a hybrid resort course. Half the folks playing here are monthly members and they will always get the nod over hotel guests or other visitors.

The beverage cart lady seemed to be just going through the motions.

This is a nice course and fun to play. There are lots of shots that would be easier the second time around. Many holes are too close together and houses do surround this course.

The pace of play was about four hours and we only saw Jay the Ranger twice.

This is a fun course to play and we would tee it up here again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Wonderful Staff / Nice course"


Steve6164150's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

As usual, Marriott did not disappoint - course staff was fantastic!! I will definitely be back and play many times!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course we will be back"


Davidpowell's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good course which is enjoyable but not overly challenging. Given the recent Ladies tournament it was in good condition.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Experience"


u914178465's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2017
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Reviewed on

I enjoyed everything about playing the Palmer course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fun course"


Elliot3539374's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Palmer course is great. Not too challenging. Interesting layout in the desert. Pace of play was fine, at 4.5 hours we didn't have to wait to hit. Course marshalls and other staff were friendly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Mark3969568's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/01/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Keith"


kbmac2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful desert course in n Scottsdale. Course was in amazing shape, greens ran true and were quick. Track was challenging yet very fair. Visiting from the Midwest and hadn't played for 3 months so wide fairways were appreciated. Great course for the money.

Only negatives ( a stretch!) is that gps yardage was off by 10 plus yards. Ranger apologized and said grounds put the flags in the wrong slot.

Would come back and play any day!!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Average"


u000007007356's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I am glad I got the price that I did from Golf Now because I believe the regular price of this course is over inflated and I would never pay it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



kenrose's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Very nice course"


martin1948's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Palmer course is in great shape. Fast greens but a forgiving course and fun to play


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Gary2977519's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great staff, great course with a good pace of play.

The course was in excellent playing condition.

Would definitely play there again, loved it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/20/2017
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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