Cave Creek Golf Course

3.0927117647 3.1 stars from 5 (411)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6732 yards
  • Slope: 124
  • Rating: 71.8
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - $14
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: No

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 72 6732 yards 71.8 124
White 72 6207 yards 69.3 118
White (W) 72 6207 yards 73.0 129
Red (W) 72 5552 yards 71.6 121

Cave Creek Golf Course is Phoenix's most popular municipal course, seeing about 100,000 rounds yearly. In 1983, Cave Creek began as a landfill reclamation project. It's a sort of pioneer in environmental design, proving similar spots can find environmentally friendly uses. It's open dawn to dusk, year-round.

Eighteen holes of par-72 golf take golfers over 6,732 yards on the Cave Creek Golf Course, kicking off on the par-4 first hole, which measures 363 yards from the blue tees, before things get long on the second hole, which measures 510 yards from the blue tees. That's just one of four long holes, with the sixth hole measuring 532 yards from the blue tees, the 11th coming in at 521 yards from the blue tees, and the sixth having a distance of 518 yards from the blue tees. The round concludes after a suggested playing time of four hours and 10 minutes on the 18th hole, a par 4 that measures 388 yards from the blue tees.

The city of Phoenix has contracted with several hotel chains to offer stay-and-play packages for golfers at the Cave Creek Golf Course and other municipal tracks.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 411 Reviews
5 stars:
22
4 stars:
167
3 stars:
122
2 stars:
60
1 stars:
40

recommend this course

292 out of 409 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city in the 'burbs worth the drive   Great for locals beginners walkers   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens water hazards   Great for drinks brunch  

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"3 hour round"


u7355717's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course has a nice layout with lots of hills and doglegs. The corse needs some TLC though. Many bare and dry areas. The greens were pretty receptive, but extremely slow. Bunkers were inconsistent, they were dirt, some dry and hard others wet and muddy.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"Poor Managment"


wrg327's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather

Reviewed on

A shotgun tournament started on hole 7 an hour and a half after the first tee time. The pace of play drastically reduced upon reaching this group. All the course had to do was to have the shotgun start at the same time as the first tee time and this would have improved the pace of play. A little thought would have improved everyone's play and reduced the frustration level.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"solid course"


Todd7234310's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

This isn’t country club folks it’s just an old muni, BUT, it’s got about 10 of the nicest holes anywhere for not much money. If u need a laid back fun round of golf that will test your entire skill set, then go, u won’t be disappointed


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"Cow path at best"


bosterha1's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/13/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Very disappointed by the course more of a cow pasture than anything else. Built on a dump and the dump is coming through. With so many other wonderful courses I would never play this course again


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Fast round, fast greens"


rmdownie's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course condition was firm and fast, not bad, considering the time of year. Greens almost burned out in spots. Bumpy ride around the course. Fairways were good. Play the back tees, not too much longer. Restaurant was closed and no beverage cart.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



jgomez27's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Enjoyed Our Round"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was a little trepidacious about golfing at this course but we couldnt have enjoyed ourselves more. The staff were friendly and helpful and the course interesting and challenging, but not too challenging. The course is in pretty good condition and the greens that other raters found challenging were not too, too tough.

We are average golfers but believe golfers of all levels would enjoy playing here. The price point was great as we found a Hot Deal rate.

Had a closeup encounter with a coyote which was an added bonus.

We will be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course




3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"No resturant"


002065's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Difficult to play a course this time of year when you can't get a cold drink with ice


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"Rough course!!!"


u000001344301's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have not played here in years, maybe now know why. This course is in extremely rough condition. Minimal grass on the fairways, lots of barren spots, almost non-existent cart paths, etc. Bright spot was the greens were decent. Snack bar closed down. Doubt I will be going back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Pleasant Surprise"


cmantik's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Haven't no played here before and noticing mixed reviews, we took a chance and were glad we did. Pro shop staff were great, golf course was just fine for a blue collar course and we were paired we played without waiting for the first time this trip.

Would go back for that price.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Course not in Cave Creek"


u834325537's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Odd that course is called Cave Creek Golf Course but is not actually in Cave Creek. Older course, but in decent shape. Nice big shade trees. Course itself is fine, but other stuff could use an update or refurbishing; like the drive way (my car bottomed out driving in). Staff was friendly and helpful, pass was good.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good and Bad"


mvanoss's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

First off and most important to most people is pace of play. I have heard bad things about this course, but my experience was good in regards to starting on time and pace. My girlfriend and I were paired with another couple and we teed off exactly at our 11:22 tee time on a busy Sunday afternoon. Usually when I pay close to 50 dollars I expect the course to be in pretty good shape. The green complexes were great but the fairway and off of the fairway was a cow pasture. Very fortunate to get a good lie even if you are in the fairway. The staff was friendly and the food service was good. Points to the halfway house for having hot dogs ready to go that were good tasting and a big dog for 3.50. The course layout was good except for two of the holes that the red tees were in a very different place than the white and blue. Cart paths and parking lot were in disrepair, prepare to be jostled around a bit. The range was good except for the side hill slots at the extreme left of range which we had to use because the range was full when we arrived. Overall it was very average and you can find better shape courses for the same price in Phoenix. That being said it was prime time in peak season. I just expect a bit better conditions for 50 bucks using our Phoenix golf resident card.. I can't imagine paying over 60 bucks for this course condition. But if you did not live here that is what you would have paid. I probably will not go back and would not recommend this course to friends.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course



jarellano0968's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Do Not Play"


jhorst10's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played this course a few time in the past two weeks and it is always behind on their tee times. Yesterday we did not tee'd off 35 minutes after our scheduled tee time. I asked the starter why we were so far behind and he stated that he didn't know, it was not his job to know. They did not have enough carts for all the players. I did not receive my cart until 10 minutes after my tee time. I spoke with another staff and he stated that they are always behind because they a low on carts and always let people tee off late. There does not seem to be any organization between staff. It is unfortunate as it could be a fun course to play.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



u563480209's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Greens in great condition"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

As a Phoenix public course with reasonable rates this course gets a lot of play. So I was surprised how smooth the greens rolled. The fairways were good; the sand traps a little chunky. The course is a little long from the red tees. If you have not played there it's a good time to try it out. The amenities are nothing special; it's all about the golf anyway.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Good for the price"


donaldlooney's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Twice a year

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was a value however could be better with few improvements like viewable yardage markers, water fountains and more attention to grass in bare areas.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable Round of golf"


golfnut3003's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We got a good deal through Golf Now. The course was in good shape for a busy municipal course with well-kept fairways and consistent greens. Rough was fairly dry with weeds and sand in traps was more like dirt. Balls were usually easy to find in the rough. Our round took 4.5 hours and we waited for a minute or two on each tee box. We enjoyed our round and would recommend this course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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