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3.5
242
5 Stars
29
4 Stars
114
3 Stars
63
2 Stars
24
1 Stars
12
Staff Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.7
Amenities
3.2
Conditions
2.7
Value
4.1
Layout
4.5
80.2%
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209 out of 242 reviews
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242
5 Stars
6
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Staff Friendliness
4.8
Pace
4.8
Amenities
3.5
Conditions
3.1
Value
4.6
Layout
4.9
92.9%
Recommend this course
13 out of 14 reviews
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3.5
242
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
17
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
0
Staff Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.8
Amenities
3.3
Conditions
3.0
Value
4.4
Layout
4.8
89.7%
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35 out of 39 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7519
Slope 145
Rating 74.6
Type Resort
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Apache Stronghold Golf Club
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Stronghold 72 7519 yards 74.6 145
Warrior 72 7007 yards 72.1 138
Apache 72 6524 yards 69.8 128
Maiden (W) 72 6077 yards 70.9 123
Chieftain (W) 72 5535 yards 67.9 123
Scorecard for Apache Stronghold Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 75.5/137 661 427 239 398 470 325 456 552 447 3975 472 176 418 480 186 614 510 230 458 3544 7519
Blue M: 73.1/123 562 395 211 334 463 311 435 542 441 3694 462 144 408 452 172 551 444 198 432 3263 6957
Gold M: 72.3/122 550 368 171 329 429 310 392 521 401 3471 392 125 325 440 146 551 444 198 432 3053 6524
Gray M: 70.7/121 511 342 161 295 390 284 380 509 383 3255 379 119 323 373 131 469 432 174 422 2822 6077
Red W: 70.2/119 503 311 151 284 379 260 351 452 319 3010 345 110 291 365 110 416 375 133 375 2520 5530
Handicap 3 5 13 15 1 17 11 9 7 6 16 14 10 18 2 4 12 8
Par 5 4 3 4 4 4 4 5 4 37 4 3 4 4 3 5 5 3 4 35 72
Handicap (W) 1 9 17 11 3 15 7 13 5 6 18 10 2 16 4 8 14 12

Course Details

Year Built 1999
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Doak (1999) Jim Urbina (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Collared shirt, no cutoffs, denim ok.

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Reviews

3.5
242

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 19
19th Hole Scenic Views 6
Brunch 5
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 54
Forced Carries 54
Undulating Greens 43
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 60
Advanced Golfers 42
Locals 28
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 55
At a Resort 26
Near Local Attractions 11

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Apache Stronghold: Tom Doak's High Desert Masterpiece

Back in 1999, Tom Doak opened the Apache Stronghold Golf Course, a beautiful accompaniment to the casino built at the same time. From the back tees, it was a complete beast, running a bit over 7,500 yards in length with a 145 slope. It possessed as fine a mixture of par threes in the state. Doak also included a drivable zero-horizon par four. The par fives were brilliant. There was nothing about this course that was second rate. But the death knell was that it was in Globe. There just wasn't enough traffic to keep it going. Year after year, it was allowed to go to seed and then, they simply closed it in the midst of the late 2000 financial crisis. Shut it down. For what appeared to be good. The course reopened in 2013. It is STILL in rough shape and that is truly saddening. BUT the DESIGN remains and it is absolutely worth the trip to do a Stay and Play, simply to see what Tom Doak can do if you have never played one of his designs. If you have, then it's simply a celebratory ride through the High Desert, wishing that money was no object and that it would be poured into the course. Bring some cigars, a good buddy, have a few drinks while you play and keep your mind open. I promise you, you won't forget what a truly great golf course designer was able to do with such a remarkable stretch of land.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Fair
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Could be great

This course could be one of the best in the state. The layout follows the natural terrain and offers a wide variety of shots required. There are no homes near the course, only nature. The course conditions are very poor. The fairways are spotty at best, the greens are bumpy and have patches without grass and the sand traps are basically unplayable. The cart paths are so rough in places that you think you're four wheeling instead of golfing. Even with all the negative comments, we had an enjoyable round because of the design.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Poor
Course Conditions Fair
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Best Public course

I've played Apache Stronghold for years. The greens are coming around, but I prefer them a lot slicker. Still some bad areas here and there, but me playing there for so long, I know where to place my ball. Rudy is always awesome. He deserves a raise.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course Maintenance

The course has undergone significant improvements to the cart paths and drainage. The majority of the fairways are in great condition but the lack of sprinkler repairs has allowed large patches of the grass to die off. Several of the greens had rough spots.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Sandy Greens!?

All the greens had been aerated and covered in sand which made for very poor putting conditions. I was surprised that the course was open under these conditions or that the whole course had been treated at the same time. The fairways were not in very good condition either. My recommendation to a friend would be, "not at this time".
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Fair
Course Conditions Poor
Value for the Money Fair
Course Layout Average
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Commented On 05/16/2018
I'm sorry you the course did not meet your expectations. Unfortunately, aeration must be done if we are to maintain the greens. We put our aeration dates on our website and on the bulletin board but no matter when it is done it is going to impact play. That is why we lower our prices while the greens are healing. I also noticed you got your tee time through Golf Now, which lowered your price even further. Our greens should be healed soon and we would welcome your comments then.
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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Pleasantly surprised

A long but very, very scenic drive from Mesa to Apache Stronghold Golf Course. Very friendly staff and terrific service at the course which was challenging and scenic. No houses around the golf holes and lots of distance between holes makes you feel you are on a real desert course. The food at the snack bar was delicious and fresh and we had dinner at the Casino next doir that was good and affordable. All and all, great value for the day.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Wow!

Spectacular setting. Course in rough shape but still very playable. Hope to play a few more rounds before the next monsoons washes it away. Rudy is the man!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Spectacular layout

While course conditions are average for a muni the layout is one of the most spectacular and challenging anywhere. Tom Doak used a natural routing and terrain to craft one of the best layouts anywhere. No two holes are alike. Super golf packages and low green fees make this a must play for those in the Phoenix area. Just visited for the fourth time and can not wait to go back.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Excellent Value

Arrived an hour early for tee time so decided to get out as there was only 1 golfer in front of us (2-some) power cart with gps, friendly people. Tee boxes were like carpet. Fairways, soft but crispy grass. Workers out there manicuring the course. Even though they are sand cart paths, they are still not rough, non-issue. Enjoyed this natural wilderness course. Washrooms on course were clean, with running water and flush toilets. Such a shame this course is not booked solid, maybe just getting started. Great value for the quality of course. Also have nice choices for golf apparel in pro shop. Hope you continue to grow and become a well attended and appreciated golf course. We totally enjoyed the experience here. Thank you!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent

Stay & Play Offers

$110 Starting price
Valid dates: Aug 13, 2018 - Dec 31, 2019
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