Ocotillo Golf Club - Blue/White

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4.1
1200
5 Stars
563
4 Stars
469
3 Stars
92
2 Stars
45
1 Stars
31
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.0
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.2
86.2%
Recommend this course
1083 out of 1193 reviews
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Average Rating
3.5
60
5 Stars
19
4 Stars
22
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
11
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.4
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.3
67.2%
Recommend this course
41 out of 60 reviews
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Average Rating
4.0
242
5 Stars
97
4 Stars
96
3 Stars
19
2 Stars
19
1 Stars
12
Conditions
3.8
Value
3.9
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.3
83.5%
Recommend this course
203 out of 242 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 6782
Slope 130
Rating 71.3
Type Public/Resort
Ocotillo is a one-of-a-kind golf spot in a state full of top golf spots, and the four-star golf course is suitable for both golf upstarts and old-timers. 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? The White Course is the most unique of the three. It has only one par 5, and the water is a factor on just five of the holes. But it also has the best hole on the property -- the 479-yard, par-4 ninth, which used to be an easy par 5 but is now a treacherous finishing touch.
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Copper 71 6782 yards 71.3 130
Silver 71 6162 yards 69.2 122
Blue 71 6162 yards 70.0 125
Stone 71 5817 yards 68.1 119
Stone (W) 71 5817 yards 73.8 142
Turquoise (W) 71 5134 yards 70.2 117
Scorecard for Blue/White
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Gold M: 71.9/132 590 431 381 177 371 559 170 415 383 3477 385 532 162 340 417 425 179 366 479 3285 6762
Blue M: 70.0/125 502 378 353 159 342 533 142 372 350 3131 356 495 158 318 388 395 157 331 433 3031 6162
White M: 68.4/120 W: 73.2/129 490 361 338 142 328 518 126 338 329 2970 346 475 128 299 378 376 136 319 400 2857 5827
Red W: 69.3/117 404 331 289 108 304 454 107 311 261 2569 314 426 112 259 323 341 117 294 379 2565 5134
Handicap 5 13 9 11 17 1 15 3 7 12 2 14 10 8 6 18 16 4
Par 5 4 4 3 4 5 3 4 4 36 4 5 3 4 4 4 3 4 4 35 71

Course Details

Year Built 1986
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Ted Robinson, Sr. (1986)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
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 required, no denim

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Reviews

4.1
1200

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 104
Patio Dining 95
19th Hole Scenic Views 56
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 228
Bunkers 134
Forced Carries 110
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 116
Locals 97
Playing Multiple Courses 82
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 119
Worth the Drive 104
In the 'Burbs 71
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

As usual, a great course.

Great "after overseed" conditions. Will only get better with time but in great condition already.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Blue lagoon

Played the Gold-White courses. I think there must be "blue lagoons" on over half the holes. Lateral hazards and forces carries everywhere. Loved the course design. Overseeding was in progress, cart path only on the Gold, but normal on the white. Enjoyed the perfect day and the fun round. I'll be back!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Overseeding

I really love this place. Staff is great. Layout is also great.

Today was a bit frustrating because the Gold nine had just reopened after overseeing. The grass was long. It was difficult to find balls in the fairway, almost impossible in the rough. The greens were slow and it was cart path only. I realize overseeding is a necessity, just wish I had known at the time I booked.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Dead and Scalped

Ocotillo is being reseeded, but they don’t tell you until after you pay. “You’ll be started on the blue course, which is a little dried out.” It was dead and burnt out. Prior warning would be nice. I would have gone somewhere else.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Ocotillo Blue-White

Even with the maintenance staff getting ready for overseed on the Blue 9, the course was in good shape. You need to play this course a few times to get familiar with the water hazards, as there are times when you don’t know where the water is and you can get penalized on a good shot.

Overall, nice course!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Typical Summer Arizona Golf

We played the Blue on the front and White on the back. The Blue was scalped so the greens were extremely fast and if an errant shot rolled anywhere near the water it went in due to the scalping of the course. The back nine White was in normal course conditions. We enjoy Ocotillo due to the challenge. We live in Arizona so playing on scalped fairways and fast summer greens is nothing new to us.

It's been awhile since we played and there was one surprise. Used the be the driving range was complimentary. Now you have to pay for a bucket of balls. That in our opinion was a Value Add that is now gone.

Pace of play was fine. We went out on a Friday morning as a twosome and all the foursomes were happy to let us play through. We got out in just over 3-hours.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

MEH

Hard to say, it took 5 1/2 hours to finish the round. Not sure what good the course marshal's are for. If this were the first time playing here it would be my last time. Luckily I know this is normal but it would be nice to see the marshals' or course ranger grow a pair of balls and enforce some etiquette. I'll probably be back, but no time soon. Just sad.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Water water everywhere

Grea rates this time of year I was disappointed to find that the gold coruse was being scalped so the only thing green on that course is the tee boxes and geeens. They could at least update the booking site to let you know. Other than that, I had a good time.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A must play course

Slightly slow play on front but pace picked up on back side. Course was in good condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Layout, Needs TLC

The bunkers have no sand in them. The greens were rolling at maybe a 6 or 7. If they were to speed the greens up and get stand in the bunkers, this course would be AWESOME. The tee boxes were long and shaggy as well.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Ugh

No driving range, bad tee boxes. What happen Phil? I have been playing Ocotillo for almost 20 yes and it’s the worse it has ever been.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Worst I Have Ever Seen It

I have played Ocotillo for years and this is the worst condition I have ever seen it. Very disappointed!!

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Poor Condition

While I have played Ocotillo many times I have never seen in this poor shape. I understand that the golf course is going through major renovations with the new ownership group however failing to disclose to the customers when they book, either over the phone or online, that your range is closed is also significant let down. With multiple temporary tee boxes along with burned out and spotty fairways the cost for this golf course was significantly higher than it should have been. I realize that in the end "short term pain is worth a long-term gain" however it was sad play a course I've played many times and see it in such bad shape. This course is a year to year and a half away from being in good shape again and certainly not worth the green fees they're charging even now.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course under repair. No driving range. Practice greens are torn up.

A few tee boxes closed. Not one marshal on the course and the group in front of us were painfully slow. Greens need repair. Bunkers need repair. Worth maybe $30 to play tight now. Driving range was closed and we arrived early to warmup, disappointing.

Course was super muddy. Play pick and clean.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great choice for golf

When I am in the area I love being able to play a couple of rounds on this course. There are 3 9 hole courses and I have been able to play different combinations.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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