Bison Golf Club

3.9700588235 4.0 stars from 5 (63)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6413 yards
  • Slope: 110
  • Rating: 65.3
  • Layout

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
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: No tank tops or cutoffs.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Green 72 6413 yards N/A N/A
White 72 5969 yards N/A N/A
Black 72 5678 yards 65.3 110
Red 72 5198 yards 63.2 105

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 63 Reviews
5 stars:
25
4 stars:
28
3 stars:
5
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

56 out of 63 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers locals wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include narrow fairways forced carries bunkers  

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"Nice day on the course..."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Husband and I played this course for the first time. The course was in nice condition with beautiful greens that played fairly quick. We both enjoyed the layout. We look forward to our next round here, when we will be a bit more knowledgable of how to maximize each hole. Definitely coming back for more.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/29/2018
First time playing 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: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Very nice jewel in the mountains"


u000003528786's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great round, really enjoy the course especially with the new club house and course layout. We were joined by some unexpected spectators on hole 18. Two elk, watched as we finished. Lol


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course




Dsheperd2014's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



namvet1969's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"One of my favorites"


knight2's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/29/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course is a great place to play in the white mountains. It is always in great shape, with some speedy greens after temps warm up. The new clubhouse and restaurant is a must.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Poor condition"


kjohnston4950's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/19/2017
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Reviewed on

Some fairways were unplayable because of aerating.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"GOOD COURSE FOR THE PRICE"


bbr956's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2017
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

They've changed the arrangement since last year(same holes, different order). A new clubhouse and pro shop is very nice and all staff friendly. The course is in good shape and as always offers some good challenges with some narrow fairways. We try to play annually and are never dissappointed.


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


"New layout"


u002808867's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I have played Bison several times a year for the last few years. It's a wonderful public course that has been well-maintained, especially the greens, in recent years. It's affordable and you'll find challenges with some of the narrow pine tree-lined fairways. The greens typically run fast, which puts a premium on keep the ball below the hole and not short-siding yourself if you miss greens.

I write this review because Bison has a new layout in 2017 because they built a new clubhouse directly off Highway 260. The new facility is nice, especially the restaurant Buffalo Bill's Tavern. I did not not eat there, but the place looks nice and I've heard good reviews.

As for the course, it's the same, just re-numbered. After a lengthy drive from the clubhouse, the new opening hole is what used to be No. 15 -- a dogleg left Par-4. With this as the starting hole, it breaks up the consecutive Par-5s that used to make or break or rounds and leaves the new finishing hole as the former No. 14. it's a tough finishing hole because there aren't many options to go for the green in two and your layups require demanding and precise club decisions to avoid trees and hazard areas.

I've always loved playing Bison so the new layout doesn't bother me. However, for players looking to play a quick nine holes, this may not be your course. Starting on the new #1 has you finishing about as far from the new clubhouse as possible on the course. And if you start on the back-9, it's the same issue -- you'll have a very long drive getting out to your opening hole. And then there's always the drive back to the clubhouse from #1/18 tees anyways.

Logistically, it's not an ideal set up. But once on the course it's a lot of fun, I think. The playing areas are in great shape right now with super fast greens, especially when the morning dew evaporates. In thunderstorm season, always a good idea to try and get out early to beat these storms. And this course does get busy mid-morning with a lot of play.

I recommend it because I find it enjoyable even when I don't play well. Just know there are a few quirks to the new setup (and there were a couple smaller quirks to the old setup, too).


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Pines"


Azstangolf's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2017
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Reviewed on

This course has loads of trees. Parts are narrow and hole 18 is a very tough finishing hole

Overall, we love this course and their beautiful new restaurant


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Stunningly Inept Management and Staff"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Absolute disaster on Monday, July 3rd. We arrived for our 10:40am tee time at 10am and see 20+ people with their bags standing around outside the proshop. We thought maybe they were all waiting for a bus after playing 9 holes or something, but it was due to the fact the course had run out of carts by 9:30 in the freakin' morning?!?!? So we proceed inside and inquire about the status or our tee-time and the guy behind the counter lies right to our faces by saying they're only 15 minutes behind or so and that some of the carts are go back in soon. If you run out of carts over an hour before your 1st wave of golfers is due back in (they don't start tee-times here until after 6:30...if they don't wander in way late), and your 9:30 group doesn't head out until after 10:15, then you have a much bigger issue. We drove our car down to the driving range and hit balls for 30 minutes and didn't see one group tee off at #1.

We ask the starter at #1 what was really happening and he said that a much bigger-than-expected group from the local RV park came into golf and used up a big chunk of carts and pushed everyone's tee-times WAY back. I'm assuming they have a special deal for this group which explains why they accommodated all of them and completely screwed everyone who came in with actual tee-times afterwards. We finally left a full hour after our scheduled tee-time and we were still at least 30 minutes from going out onto a totally packed course.

If the proshop had been honest with us and simply gave us the facts, we would have left and just come back 60-90 minutes later, but telling lies directly to our faces just illustrates how poorly managed this course has become. Just tell me, "we have a deal with XYZ and it pushed us way behind schedule". How tough is that!!?!?

It's a quirky, tight layout that is normally fun to play, but this event (and my local friend has told me of other recent stupid management issues) will probably keep me from playing again there anytime soon.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Pleasantly Surprised"


Dwhite083's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Went up to Pinedale for the weekend and spent some time with the family up at our Cabin. I had been waiting to play some golf up here and was not disappointed. Range is really small, but the warm up area feels very personal. Your tucked away hitting balls between the tree lines listening to the wind blow through the trees. Absolutely Incredible. The course is actually in really great shape. Probably the best fairways ive hit off of. The greens were slick. There are a few greens that had some areas of concern, but they are fixing it. The ranger was awesome and friendly. He rides around with his beagle and is the nicest ranger i have ever met. The course has some forced carries makes you use a lot of different shots to get to where you need to be. There are some blind second shots as well, which make the course difficult on some holes. Fairways are narrow on some holes so tee shot accuracy is a must. Dont really have any complaints to be honest. Great course and i will definitely be playing every time i go up there during their season.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"staff not helpful"


doncagle's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

we were held up over 1 hr from starting with no one going out for a 30 min period


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"mountain pine course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/14/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the course was in great shape and always a challenge as the back nine is cut out of the ponderosa pine forest. Had a very good experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"super greens"


u000003013068's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very windy on the day we played. I would really like to play it under normal conditions


Pace of Play: Excellent

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


"Well worth the drive"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/17/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent golf course, well worth the drive from Phoenix. Plan to stay overnight ( at the KC Motel )<br/> and play their other course, Silver Creek.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bison Golf Course"


bw4561's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/09/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in excellent condition. The staff was very friendly. THe only problem is that they dont have a practive facility easily accessable from the Clubhouse. They would probably have much more play and practice participation of the did so.

Bob Widera


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Beautiful course but..."


johnd37367's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/08/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Played on a Saturday afternoon wanting to get in a quick round. They did let me go ahead of the sevensome that were about to tee off. That should have been an indication of what was to come. The first 7 holes went quickly. I play quick and enjoyed that. Then I caught up with a sevensome on number 9 after waiting on 3 kids on number 8. The sevensome would not let you play thru... "there is a foursome up ahead"...I skipped a couple of holes and caught up with a father son couple and played with them the rest of the round. We enjoyed it. I then went back to finish the holes I had missed and there was another sevensome...extremely frustrating! They need marshals on the course to keep the pace of play reasonable and they need to stop allowing groups of more than 4 on the course at a time. The staff...difficult to find and extremely not friendly when you do. Enough said.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"White Mountain Golf Value"


PaulLines's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Summer (High Season) in the White Mountains of Arizona is somewhat limited except for private or extremely high end courses. Bison is a good option for those wanting to play on a friendly staffed course that is enjoyable and still challenging for a moderate handicap golfer. Front nine is the best options for pars and birdies, as the back nine tends to be somewhat longer and narrower, and therefore more difficult for a low score. Highly recommend for a cool golf experience in the high pines at a very reasonable fee.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Rick"


Breadman76's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoy a challenge I would not change a thing. My advice is to hit the ball straight and don't get above the hole.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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