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4.4
704 Reviews (704)
5 Stars
384
4 Stars
247
3 Stars
54
2 Stars
17
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
93.3%
Recommend this course
653 out of 704 reviews
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4.5
51 Reviews (51)
5 Stars
29
4 Stars
17
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
94.1%
Recommend this course
48 out of 51 reviews
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4.5
87 Reviews (87)
5 Stars
51
4 Stars
28
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
3
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.4%
Recommend this course
83 out of 87 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Desert
Par 72
Length 7139 yards
Slope 137
Rating 73.0

Golf Club of Estrella is the very first golf course on a daily-fee basis to be designed by Jack Nicklaus II in Phoenix, where it makes its home in the master-planned community Estrella, and offers 18 holes of par-72 championship golf over 7,102 unique yards. The many tests of the golf course will impress every level of golfer - though a choice of tee sets ensures no one will get in over his or her head. Desert and wash spaces require golfers to vary their shots while they take in vistas from the fairways shaped to the contour of the land and framed in the Sierra Estrella Mountains.

A round of golf at the Golf Club Estrella kicks off on Morning Star, a par 4 that measures 359 yards from the black tees. If you stick to the black tees, you'll need to conserve your energy for The Arroyo, the 16th hole, a par 5 that measures 605 yards. After that, Evening Star, the 18th hole, will be a relative breeze, at par 4 and just 437 yards from the black teees.

Once the round of golf at the Golf Club of Estrella is over, head back to the Player's Grill Restaurant for American pub fare and Southwestern snacks.

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Course Details

Year Built 1999
Fairways TiffDwarf Grass
Greens TiffDwarf Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus, Jr. (1999) Phil Smith (1999) Jack Nicklaus (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, Discover, MasterCard, American Express
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared shirt required, no denim

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

4.4
704 Reviews (704)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 41
Patio Dining 33
19th Hole Specials 16
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 104
Forced Carries 68
Elevation Changes 54
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 74
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 64
Locals 52
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 95
In the 'Burbs 45
Convenient to the City 17

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Reviews 78
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Smooth greens

My favorite part of Estrella is the smooth greens. The ball goes where you hit it!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 34
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

Great day on a great course

Played here for the first time today. Tee boxes, fairways and greens were in great summer shape. Some greens were a little slow but knowing they were about to aerate, not a problem. Thank you to the course for not charging extra to ride single like other valley courses are now doing with covid. Will be back for sure. Hope the bunkers have sand in them by them, didn’t hit any but playing partners had tough time playing from the hard pan.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 22
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Shape!

Attention all golfers!
Go play Estrella!
I was totally impressed with the condition of this Troon course.
Tee boxes, excellent, greens fast and also fantastic condition.
Traditional summer transition in some spots but that's to be expected.
So get out there before they have to aerify.
Enjoy your round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Solid and fun

Reasonable rates for the time of year. Course in solid condition. Layout allows for options and keeps you interested. Greens played firm and fast, rolled true, tough to read.

Great experience, fun course that plays fair from an appropriate tee box. Bev cart came by several times, no water on the course though. Only drawback in 100+ summer Phoenix temps.

Fun to play, very reasonably priced.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Rotation of want to play

Excellent greens. Fairway showing some heat stress, normal summer wear and tear. Play was slow, too hot for 4.5 hour round. No water on course, beverage cart seen once each side.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

AWESOME COURSE!

All memorable holes. The finishing par 3 (I think 17?) is out of a post card.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 59
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

BigThiccDaddyCFri

Probably a top 3-5 west valley golf course, this place feels like a Troon property, super well taken care of, awesome welcoming staff, great course. We’ll be back for sure.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great Course

Wish I could have enjoyed clubhouse amenities but very limited due to COVID-19 so not golf club fault.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very Challenging Course...

Played this course yesterday afternoon. Course has a great, challenging layout with some very picturesque holes. Though crowded, pace of play was good with minimal wait on only a couple of holes. Course was in average condition but greens had been top dressed and were extremely sandy. Though they putted fairly well, sand was a nuisance and course could have done a better job of removing some on a daily basis. all in all, this is normally a great course to play and a challenge for all skill levels.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Great Course and Staff

My wife and I are now permanent residents and wanted to play at our local course. The mid-week price was fair, but it was really windy that day. Craig at the starter box was so nice and gave us tips on having an enjoyable round. He later was out on the course and made sure we were having a good time. He made it very personal and I would play there again just because of him. We had a great time.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 21
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fabulous course conditions

Fairways are immaculate. The greens hold and are true. We played in 3 1/2 hours everything was fantastic.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

...a bit slow

Course was pretty full. Greens were a bit sandy and patchy in some places. Fairways were in very good shape. Staff was awesome as all 4 times I have played here. They are taking some protective measures but are not making it uncomfortable. Overall a good track.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 113
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Arizona Advisor
Verified Purchaser
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Fantastic course

Had a great time. I was greeted about 5 times when I arrived. We had to wait for carts as the course was very busy. This was not an issue. The course was in good shape. The only thing that was odd was that the greens were all sanded with a top coat. Usually, this is done after aeration, but the green were not punched. The carts are very comfortable, but our cart was very slow. I think it was geared down too much. It was slow to start and once it got going it would drop down again. I think they set the governor too low as it was barely faster than a walking speed.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 43
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

estrella

Beautiful well kept golf course. Greens were quick and true. Had a great time. We will be back. Could use a little more sand in the traps.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

My day

Have played 15 courses this year. This one was by far the best. Did not know they knew how to grow grass in Arizona.. Fairways and greens were perfect. Never had a bad lie all day. Traps were a little rough with water in quite a few. All inall was lots of fun. One problem was the golf now website said it was 39 miles ended up being 82. Well worth the drive

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Just ok this time of year

I really like this course and it is a great layout but I was the overall conditions were not great for the price I paid. The course was not in terrible shape but the greens were bouncy and a lot of spots filled in with sand. Fairways were in good shape. I won’t play here again until it is around $60. Still a great course but the value right now is not good.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 42
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Enjoyed my day

All was great but the bag drop guy a jerk. No scorecard or pencil on cart Could have asked do you know where the first tee is ? Go get water inside as there is none on the course, and also Nocart girl today . How about a wet towel?

Inside was different pro shop guy was very friendly and thanked me for driving out today from Phoenix and please return soon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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