Ocotillo Golf Club - Gold/Blue

4.1936647059 4.2 stars from 5 (1167)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7016 yards
  • Slope: 133
  • Rating: 72.2
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Copper 72 7016 yards 72.2 133
Silver 72 6379 yards 70.0 125
Stone 72 6028 yards 68.7 118
Stone (W) 72 6028 yards 74.7 145
Turquoise (W) 72 5128 yards 69.6 124

The Ocotillo Golf Resort sits on 185 acres and features lush contoured fairways that flow gently amid patches of mature trees, vibrant flower beds, pretty waterfalls and numerous lakes.

The Gold nine is a devilish test and not just because water comes into play on six of the holes. The greens have a lot of slope in them and are difficult to read. And some pin placements are brutal; hit a downhill putt two feet past the

hole, and it might roll down into a swale and 30 feet by. Uphill putts, on the other hand, are extremely difficult to get to the hole, if for no other reason than Ocotillo's greens aren't as fast as some of the Valley's marquee desert courses.

Two holes stand out on the Gold: No. 5 is a 212-yard par 3 with water running down the entire left side; and No. 9 is a 468-yard par 4 with a carry over water from the tee -- water that dissects the fairway about 50 yards short of the green and water left to the green. Par there is a great score.

Ocotillo's Blue Course is a watery grave; water comes into play on eight of the nine holes. It's not overly long but there's so much water the length becomes irrelevant. The best hole may be No. 1, a 590-yard par 5. Big hitters are faced with the classic risk-reward: Do they lay-up on their second shot or try to fly a tributary that splits the fairway about 50 yards short of the green?

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 1167 Reviews
5 stars:
557
4 stars:
459
3 stars:
89
2 stars:
40
1 stars:
22

recommend this course

1068 out of 1160 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for advanced golfers locals playing multiple courses   Challenges include water hazards bunkers forced carries   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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"What an outstanding course"


u000007790671's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very well kept and just enough degree of difficulty to make you want to come again and again to improve. Staff was top shelf and very accommodating.


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


"ABSOLUTE DUMP!!! DO NOT PLAY!!"


nikorami's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Ocotillo today and it is an absolute dump!! Stay away. Virtually every aspect of the course is a mess!

TOTAL RIP OFF!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I don't recommend this course



u774668369's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet 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


"Grab a course map!!"


zachbahl's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I love playing this course because of how challenging it is and forces you to play strategic target golf. I say grab a course map because there are hills you play that water is waiting just on the other side. Course is built for the more accurate player. One bit of criticism is the grill onsite. If you're trying grab food at the turn; hot dogs are the safe bet. Since they make it all from scratch, so if you wait to order. You could be sitting there for 15 minutes.

It's a fun course, definitely a must play if you're in the south part of the Valley.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course Condition"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in poor condition and when we played it in May it was in perfect condition. The staff wasn't helpful there are 3 different 9's and was not told where to go and when one of the attendants finally told us which one to go to we got yelled at by a foursome that we are on the wrong course and another person came out to take us to the right one. We didn't get help unloading our bags until after I put them on one of the carts. It wasn't a good experience I know the price was great but really wasn't worth it at this time.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Gouging"


gman71187's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Ocotillo is typically a nice course, no problem with it. But the beer costs are now completely outrageous and charging for range balls on a pathetic driving range is a scam. Not one even lie or footing on the range.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Even better than I remembered!"


3puttforthewin's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I recently played Ocotillo again (Blue/White) after not being here for a fairly long time. I forgot how much I missed it. The layout os fairly open, with a ton of water, but still very pRange is being renovated and looks like it will be very nice when it is done. They still let you hit balls, they are just installing some great turf for the back area to help reduce wear, I would guess.

Fairways and tees were in good shape, a bit wet maybe, but this time of year it is nice to see. The greens were exceptional, soft, but firm enough to provide a great putting experience. Not super fast, 10ish or so...but just a solid, true roll and if you are decent, you are hitting some wedges that back up.

Food at the turn was good and the beverage cart attendant was pleasant. We saw her a bunch of times, even though she was covering all 27 holes.

I have nothing negative to say about the experience, except that the course is almost an hour from my house, so not an option for me all that often. But I hope to make it a monthly thing!

Kudos to the staff and grounds crew, great job in a tough time of year!


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




u2127238's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2018
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


"One of the Best in AZ"


RGaertner's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Subjectively I believe this course has more water on it than any other course in the state. My first time playing I had 7 penalty shots and still shot an 86. Had I played more conservatively it may have been lower. I would recommend this course to people who love a great track and want a challenge. For those beginners out there, take a lot of extra balls and have fun, it's a beautiful course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Always great"


duncane4473's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course will challenge you with accuracy , however plenty of holes that are less challenging to make it fun. Always in great shape. Great views of lakes and fowls. They have eliminated some of the extra birds , so less poop on and around greens. michelsons management group has taken it over. No more free driving range balls


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Ocotillo"


u000002926052's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2018
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Lots of water but if your in the fairway no problem. conditions great!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Decent Round"


Gilbert12's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Bit of a mixed review as I do enjoy the course and the staff however be prepared for a slower than average pace. Staff are friendly and helpful but this is offset by the pace of play. I do enjoy the course but am not certain i would play again unless I was one of the first t times off in the morning ensuring I wouldn't have to contend with the pace of play.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great track"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape. Fairways were lush, greens rolled true. Course is scoreable, but you can get in trouble fast with hazards and tiered greens


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



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Service personnel all on ear pieces, didn't acknowledge my presence as they were more connected to golf shop. Had to wait when I came with my bag and no one else around. Otherwise everything was great.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



dwstyner's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Challenging round"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was very challenging fairways and greens in good shape.

Seemed like water on every hole

Sand traps could’ve used more sand but might have just been wet from morning sprinkling. Tee time was 6:45 am. Will play again!


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


"a fun track"


bshlapak's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2018
First time playing Walked Hot weather

Reviewed on

Enjoyed my round. played with 3 people who knew the layout of the course very well. That was a big help, having someone guide. Course was in excellent shape. We were scheduled to play the gold course, but they opened up the blue course which is good, because it was starting to back up. will definitely go back again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Looks are deceiving"


craigmaas4's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Don't let the water you see in pictures scare you. The water doesn't come into play all that much and it is a fairly easy course with a pretty simple layout.

Course was in pretty good condition when we played. Fairways and greens were in good shape. However, some of the tees were pretty rough and the bunkers were in bad shape. The bunkers I found had little sand what were full of rocks.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Most golfing"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great place to play lots if water hazards bring extra balls.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice layout, fairways and greens were in very good shape. Time of play was too long (Friday, Apr 27, 2018)"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice layout, fairways and greens were in very good shape. Time of play was too long (Friday, Apr 27, 2018)


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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