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Palmer Course at Wildfire Golf Club at Desert Ridge

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4.4
512
5 Stars
273
4 Stars
184
3 Stars
42
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.5
91.7%
Recommend this course
481 out of 512 reviews
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4.4
28
5 Stars
16
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.0
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.5
89.3%
Recommend this course
25 out of 28 reviews
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4.5
71
5 Stars
45
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.6
88.7%
Recommend this course
63 out of 71 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Resort
Style Desert
Par 72
Length 7145 yards
Slope 142
Rating 72.7

The Palmer Course at Wildfire Golf Club is an 18-hole golf course designed by Arnold Palmer and built in 1997. The par-72 golf course measures 7,145 yards from the tournament tees. "I enjoy designing golf courses that celebrate the sheer fun of golf," Palmer said about this course, "and Wildfire is exactly that."

The Bermuda grass Palmer Course at Wildfire Golf Club is one of two championship courses at the club. It features a GPS option that offers golfers detailed mapping of the Faldo and Palmer courses, precise yardages for tee shots and approach shots to the greens, and the chance to order breakfast and lunch from the golf cart. Additional features include communication with the golf shop, a CBS Sportsline ticker with all scores 24 hours a day, and the leader board for tournaments. Its sibling, the Faldo golf course, also features the system.

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Wildfire Golf Club - Palmer Course
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tournament 72 7145 yards 72.7 142
Championship 72 6645 yards 70.4 131
Championship (W) 72 6645 yards 77.4 132
Regular 72 6060 yards 68.1 122
Regular (W) 72 6060 yards 74.0 126
Forward 72 5390 yards 64.8 109
Forward (W) 72 5390 yards 70.6 118
Wildfire 72 4835 yards 62.2 99
Wildfire (W) 72 4835 yards 68.5 107
Scorecard for Palmer Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 72.7/142 415 450 605 345 160 415 465 225 520 3600 420 550 430 175 530 205 355 450 430 3545 7145
Blue M: 70.4/131 W: 77.4/132 360 420 580 315 140 395 445 185 470 3310 385 520 410 165 510 185 325 430 405 3335 6645
Blue/White M: 69.4/126 W: 74.6/127 360 380 550 315 140 360 385 185 450 3125 385 520 375 145 510 185 325 390 350 3185 6310
White M: 68.1/122 W: 74.0/126 340 380 550 275 130 360 385 160 450 3030 360 475 375 145 475 165 295 390 350 3030 6060
White/Red M: 66.8/115 W: 71.3/122 340 335 495 275 125 315 385 160 375 2805 360 425 375 145 430 150 265 345 350 2845 5650
Red M: 64.8/109 W: 70.6/118 255 335 495 245 125 315 355 160 375 2660 340 425 320 145 430 150 265 345 310 2730 5390
Red/Brown M: 63.3/103 W: 69.6/116 255 330 450 245 100 300 355 135 280 2450 340 395 320 125 385 120 265 315 310 2575 5025
Brown M: 62.2/99 W: 68.5/107 230 330 450 220 100 300 315 135 280 2360 310 395 300 125 385 120 240 315 285 2475 4835
Handicap 14 10 2 12 18 8 6 16 4 11 3 7 17 1 15 13 5 9
Par 4 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 5 36 4 5 4 3 5 3 4 4 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 12 8 2 16 18 10 4 14 6 11 5 9 17 1 13 15 3 7

Course Details

Year Built 1997
Fairways Winter Rye Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Arnold Palmer (1997) Ed Seay

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Wildfire Golf Academy"
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 and bermuda shorts required. No denim.

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4.4
512

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 33
Dinner 14
Patio Dining 14
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 73
Undulating Greens 50
Forced Carries 44
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 47
A Weekend Splurge 41
Locals 39
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 71
Convenient to the City 50
Worth the Drive 30

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Golfed about 20 different courses in the Phoenix area and this is one of the nicest , well kept , challenging courses to date . Great job by management and staff , it shows!

Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

1st class experience from start to finish.

Wow ! What a Beautiful golf course and great experience. Super friendly staff made us feel first class even though the LPGA tour was at the course simultaneously ! Made my vacation even better,I would highly suggest this course to anyone.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser

Just average

Greens good pace. Conditions average. Cart path only for some strange reason. Made it not very enjoyable, hard to play a course for first time as cart path only. Gps is useless on this occassion. Inside bartender was der lady who obviously hated her job. Very unfriendly and would dissapear for long periods. Ashsme for a JW Marriott and Palmer sig
nature course.. bev cart was friendly but ran out of a few brands. Overall, a $75 course. Much better options. Pace of play 4:55.

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

This was my second time to the Marriott Resort. First class facility that includes a driving range with complementary range balls and putting practice green.
First time that our group played the Palmer Course. The GPS equipped golf carts saved us a lot of trouble determining strategy off the tees. The course, including the tee boxes, fairway and greens were immaculate Sand bunkers were not. About an inch or so of loose sand over a dead pan base. Pace of play slowed after the first few holes, often finding ourselves with three groups on the same hole. Ranger showed up once and said that a member group was slowing things up. Remained this way for the remainder of our round. My round was free through my GolfPass + membership. I wouldn’t pay the $166 rate. There are a lot of other courses in the Valley that offer better value.

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

Amazing

Beautiful course - immaculate conditions! Round completed in 3.5 hrs. Loved this course!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Choppy Course - Course knowledge a MUST!

First time playing Wildfire/Palmer. Excellent condition, beautiful greens. January weather was perfect. Rough was all winter-brown, so the beautifully green fairways were bordered by this color of rough, making the landing areas often appear to be very narrow. Perceptually difficult course to figure out: Too many holes included 'blind' shots to fairways/landing areas which were hard to decipher. Course seemed shoehorned into the housing development. Hard to see the layout of the hole. Even with the on-board video screens and fly-over videos, too many holes presented a visual challenge from the tee. First-timers at this course definitely need to play with someone with experience on this course.
Bunkers were more dirt than real sand.
I shot 81, my wife had a good day with a 75, but she felt she was working way too hard to figure out the placement of too many tee shots.
Can't recommend this one, too many other great courses in the Phoenix area on which you can see where you are going.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Wet weather
Used cart

Great layout for all level players

Wonderful layout, great conditions, good practice range, & delicious food. All great combination for a wonderful day at Wildfire GC. Go play this course, you won't be disappointed.

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

Good Course

Course was in very good condition. Played the course in 3:40 pace but the group behind us were pushing are fore some and were hitting to the green while we were still on it. Saw the ranger earlier on the back nine but the group behind hadn’t caught up to us yet. The course was not very busy at are tee time 12:10 and we didn’t have to wait on any of the holes and we where able to play faster then the recommended pace for the course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Always a good choice

The Wildfire courses (Palmer & Faldo) are both great courses. Always in top shape and very friendly service.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Allowing a five-some to play really slowed up play. The course was great. The real loud music on the driving range was totally unnecessary.

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

Good take

Tees,fairways,greens and hazards were in really good shape. Will want to play here again.

This is a really nice layout. I played it at 6600 yards didn’t strike it well so came out with a 91. Ugh!

Not the courses fault. Next time there will take 3 to 5 strokes off just with a little course familiarity.

See ya next time.

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

I enjoyed the challenge. Forced carries from most tees makes it interesting. Would love to play it in top form season

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Wildfire-Palmer

Course was in super condition. Staff as always was outstanding, courteous, and helpful. Played here several times, never disappoints.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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