Faldo at Wildfire Golf Club at Desert Ridge Resort

4.4507000000 4.5 stars from 5 (406)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6846 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 72.3
  • 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: 2002
Architect(s): Nick Faldo (2002)
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

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tournament 71 6846 yards 72.3 132
Champinoship 71 6467 yards 70.5 126
Championship (W) 71 6467 yards 76.9 132
Regular 71 6016 yards 67.7 118
Regular (W) 71 6016 yards 74.4 126
Forward 71 5245 yards 64.8 113
Forward (W) 71 5245 yards 70.0 116

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 406 Reviews
5 stars:
224
4 stars:
154
3 stars:
18
2 stars:
7
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

381 out of 403 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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"Excellent Experience"


Strizzo's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Had the opportunity to play this facility during the week of the LPGA Founders Cup. The grounds were in perfect condition tee to green. The staff was friendly, helpful, and had great attitudes. And, the food after the round was fantastic. Our entire group commented afterwards that this was one of the best experiences we have had on the course in a long time.


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


"LPGA conflict"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

LPGA here this week. No access to practice facilities. No price adjustment. Play nine Faldo and nine Palmer. Least desirable holes of the thirty six. Parking also a problem.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Great Layout"


jimkar72's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Great Layout, lots of traps, but fairway are generous. Most of the holes you can see where to hit the tee ball. Fairways were in great shape and firm, we played 5 days before the LPGA tournament. I will play again next time I'm in Phoenix.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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



u1656986's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My wife and I played the Faldo course for the first time yesterday. We were warned by the friendly staff that it has something like 175 traps, and they all seemed well positioned to influence shot choices from tee to green. Also, it is set up for an LPGA event next weekend. It was in perfect shape and the greens were very fast. Overall, it is a tough but fair track where what you see is what you get. Not once were we surprised by something we couldn't see when we hit our shot. Also, carts have a good gps system that gives a clear view of the hole and related distances. Hole variety is good, with lots of par 5s and par 3s. The long ones were reachable from the blue tees, and the short par fours were well guarded. Overall, it seemed a bit short from the blues. If I were to play it again, I'd probably play from the back tees, and I suspect that would take many of the traps out of play for my 225-240 yard drives. Mountain views were good from many of the holes. In the end, this course was well worth playing, but not our favorite in the area, especially for a fairly high price.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Late day with Faldo"


mriemer01's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I had played Wildfire before, but on a misty cold day. When I saw this late afternoon tee time for a value price on a nice day I jumped on it. I thought I might not get finished, but to my surprise the pace was great & I finished with time to spare. The course was in great shape! What seems like a thousand bunkers guard everything so either be very accurate or bring your bunker game. The carts have GPS to the flag, front, back & hazards so that really helps.


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



"Great Course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in excellent condition. Weather was in the low 80`s with a light breeze. We played the blue tees but there is not much difference from black to blue on most holes. The course is not long but there are bunkers everywhere so you need to place your shot or you will spend a lot of time in the sand. greens hold nice and roll true. This course is on my favorites list for Phoenix area golf.


Pace of Play: Good

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


"Must play"


u639561025's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/08/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Already looking forward to playing another 36 holes next year.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Layout"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Despite the crowded conditions, the pace was reasonable. The course was in very good condition but for players not fixing ball marks or grooming bunkers . Phil at the desk was awesome and the staff very friendly.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Excellent Conditions"


bstephens73misto's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/13/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course that is challenging but fair. Avoid deep fairway bunkers


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Happy New Year"


pvijums's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/31/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Faldo is a placement course so you better be straight on your drives and approach shots because if you don't you're in the bunker. The course has way too many bunkers in its attempt to make it more difficult. Many of them were unkept. Word to the course, put out more rakes if you want the bunkers to be raked after play. Greens were is great shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



jeffrey1006955's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/24/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Wildfire faldo"


lamovitz's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/20/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent course in excellent condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Day to Play Golf"


ewsjr1956's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/13/2016
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played Wildfire - the Faldo course with a friend for the first time. We got a very "Hot Deals" rate from Golfnow. The course was in beautiful condition and we had great weather. The practice facilities were very nice and so was the staff. I definitely would play this course again but with discounted rate. The regular rates are high for my budget but I was lucky to find the rate that I got.


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course"


u00000303797's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/06/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really enjoyed playing the Faldo course. I was worried about the 108 bunkers but they are fairly placed on the course and very playable.

All 4 of us loved the course and will return.


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


"Excellent experience"


boolawa01's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/02/2016
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tight fairways, smooth , fast greens which would hold a well hit approach was delightful


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Excellent track"


squhead's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/23/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great challenging fair track. Greens pure. Impeccable condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"overpriced"


reyome9's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/06/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The range was closed and it was cart path only and this was the HOT DEAL for the day at $85.00 after taxes, etc.

We felt like this was a terrible value for a course with no driving range open and cart path only. We played the Faldo course which has challenges enough without having to walk back and forth trying to figure out what club to you.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Too much too soon!"


spmccarl's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Asking way too much money to play a course in this condition. The course was overseeded and no carts and the greens were as long as the fairway. The courses is beautiful and has challenges with layout and obstacles. I would love to play it when it was not in that type of condition. Charging the amount we paid was greedy!!! Should never expect to receive that kind of money for that type of condition. On another note, the staff was very friendly!!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Bunker City"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2016
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Last day to enjoy before rates skyrocket. Great experience more so if I could stay out of bunkers. 3.5 hrs. One of favs although only able to afford in summer.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course



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