Golf Club of Estrella

4.5117470588 4.5 stars from 5 (529)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7139 yards
  • Slope: 139
  • Rating: 73.1
  • Layout

  • 11800 S Golf Club Dr, Goodyear, Arizona 85338, Maricopa County
  • (623) 386-2600
  • estrellagolf.com

Year built: 1999
Architect(s): Jack Nicklaus, Jr.
Type: Public
Style: Desert
Greens: TiffDwarf Grass
Fairways: TiffDwarf Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
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
Black 72 7139 yards 73.1 139
Gold 72 6733 yards 71.0 129
Gold (W) 72 6733 yards 77.5 142
Silver 72 6249 yards 68.4 123
Silver (W) 72 6249 yards 75.1 138
Copper (W) 72 5695 yards 72.1 124
Copper 72 5695 yards 65.9 116
Jade (W) 72 5124 yards 68.5 116
Jade 72 5124 yards 63.0 104

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 529 Reviews
5 stars:
283
4 stars:
192
3 stars:
40
2 stars:
13
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

491 out of 525 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views locals   Challenges include bunkers forced carries elevation changes   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole specials  

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"Great greens"


crackasnowflake's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great greens. I hope they can keep them that good all summer because they were the perfect speed and receptiveness to spin.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fun course"


trogersaz1's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was a bit of a drive for me. Which was why I hadn't played it previously. Everyone said I should go because I would like it. They were right. This is a fun layout. The course is coming out of transition to summer grasses. Nothing drastic and it is expected this time of year. I got some great tips from the pro shop about where to place the ball. Very friendly and helpful. Vic the starter joked with me while I waited to tee off. Nice Guy. I got paired with a local who helped me navigate the course. This is a true desert course. If you miss the fairway you will be in the desert. There are a few forced carries, but nothing too difficult. There are reasonable landing areas just avoid the bunkers. The views were nice. Some holes up against the hills were the best. If you keep the ball in play you can score well here. I know I did.

The only problem was pace of play. We started a bit slow but it stayed even up to the 8th hole. After that we waited. At the turn it got much worse. We had up to three groups waiting from there on out. At times it was only two groups waiting. We played the front 9 around 2 hours. The back 9 took almost 3 hours.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



u438240236's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
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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


"Player friendly"


u000001335160's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2018
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This is one of the friendliest courses I play. There are a couple of holes that require a good shot but overall fantastic. A bucket list course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"First Time Not Last Time"


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

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

Reviewed on

The course was very nice and very playable. I’m playing at a 14 handicap right now, so I selected the Silver tees (6300 yards). Two sets of tees behind stretch it to 7000 for those so gifted. The greens were like carpets the fairways in great condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great course"


zach9168344's avatar
Age:  Under 25
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Course condition was great considering it's super dry out greens were a bit bumpy fairways were in great shape love the course layout some challenging holes alot of fun though I recommend this course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Best greens in West Valley"


mckkbe's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2018
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Reviewed on

This is a fun course with a great staff. An enjoyable layout and some of the best greens around. Firm, fast but hold well struck approach shots. Several risk/reward shots to add a great twist to the round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Challenging desert golf course"


ChrisW5226's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Thoroughly enjoyed this course. Greens were excellent. Tee boxes and fairways very good to excellent. Especially considering the heat. Fun target golf that was not unfair.

I would definitely play again. Nice clubhouse with outdoor seating overlooking course and mountains.

All staff were very pleasant.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



edbates45's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have been wanting to play this course for quite some time, but the cost was a bit out of my league. Got a great rate and tried the course this week. It really was an exceptional round. Right from the beginning, the starter (whose name escapes me) gave me some great info on the course and provided a welcome to my round. Even though he mentioned there were a higher than usual amount of snake sightings (didn't see any thankfully), he was very helpful in making me feel at home.

The course layout is amazing, Some very challenging holes, well bunkered, but very true greens that rolled well. The par 3 17th hole could be one of the most favorite holes I've ever played.

I will definitely be back


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Great layout, bunkers need sand"


u5953460's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
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Reviewed on

This is my second time playing this course, and second review. It was in much better shape this time around, greens rolled true and fairways were nice. There was a few burned spots in the fairways but that's to be expected this time of year. My major gripe with this course is the condition of the bunkers. There is little to no sand in them and quite a few ping pong ball sized rocks.

Great layout though, this course will take your lunch money if you're not getting off the tee well.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Super views"


Troy1107761's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2018
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Reviewed on

Beautiful course used a hot deal and golfed for less than $20 each. It was worth 4 times that amount. It is a tough course if you don’t hit it straight. Watch for snakes if you go off the fairways


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Gotta play Estrella!"


u000005324992's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played as a single with 2 other guys. Had a great day. Beautiful course in the desert hills. Fair off the tees with quite a few bunkers especially around the greens so hit your approach shots well! Summer rates so not too pricey and the course was in great condition. They did punch the greens (small holes) a week or so before I played but didn't affect putting much at all. I will DEFINITELY be back


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Not as good as the first time"


u243507218's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2018
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Reviewed on

Course conditions were not as good as when I played it last year.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



Sean4383329's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Dan7943396's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

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

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Like This Course A Lot"


dhume419's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2018
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Reviewed on

I have reviewed this course previously; just a real nice place to play golf. Great views, great conditions, fast, receptive greens--great, great, great.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great track"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
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Reviewed on

We played on a Saturday at 10 am so although rangers were out there, numerous back ups occurred on almost all the par threes. Took almost5 hours to play. The fairways greens and bunkers were all in excellent condition. The course is in great shape overall, it’s just way out there if you are staying near Scottsdale. I couldn’t give the guy that pulled our clubs more than 3 stars because I guess there are a lot of locals that play each week and he was too busy kissing their $es to even tell us the way to the first tee. Ate lunch after the round and it was pretty good. Add a locker room and showers and this would be a 4.5plus.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"very fun"


gomxracing's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I had a lot of fun , was worried it would be to difficult for my skill level but it played well. staff was great and course had a lot of fun holes. i will return.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course




u714665484's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/20/2018
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I recommend this course



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