Palmer Course at Wildfire Golf Club at Desert Ridge

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4.4
486
5 Stars
258
4 Stars
176
3 Stars
40
2 Stars
9
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.4
92.6%
Recommend this course
457 out of 482 reviews
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4.5
42
5 Stars
28
4 Stars
7
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.3
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.5
85.7%
Recommend this course
36 out of 42 reviews
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4.4
71
5 Stars
44
4 Stars
17
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.1
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
90.1%
Recommend this course
64 out of 71 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7145
Slope 142
Rating 72.7
Type Public
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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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
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
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
486

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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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Not well laid out

Palmer Course is not well laid out and hazards are of no effect other than a visual illusion.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Value

Much more playable than the Wildfire - Faldo course. Still challenging though. Didn't like that all the short game and chipping areas were designated for members only.

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

Great Shape

The course was in great shape and pace of play was excellent. Good value.

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

Excellent shape for the heat

Greens and fairways were very nice given the summer pounding in AZ.

The rate of the Hot Deal was excellent for the type of course we played (Palmer).

Staff very froendly

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

nice course

Course in very good shape....greens are a bit quick but pretty true.....I played the Faldo course last week and that also was in very good condition....both good tracks to play..........

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

Whirlwind golf course is great!

Excellent course. Hadn’t played it in years, but will no doubt play it again soon.

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

Always a pleasure to play up at Wildfire, either course. The course was in great shape despite the monsoon the night before. The course is very playable, fair always enjoyable.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Fun course

Staff was friendly, golf was fun, the course was in good condition for middle of August. I would play again.

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

Always a treat to play at Wildfire. Great course and staff.

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

Fun track

Lots of bunkers and you better drive the ball straight it's a fun golf course

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Bummed

Was really looking forward to playing this course today but since they just punched and seeded the greens they were very difficult to play and most of the fairways had large dirt patches. It was frustrating when you made a great tee shot middle of the fairway only to be left in a dirt patch that was either muddy from the recent rain or super dry and hard. Im sure this course isnt usually this rough but I was very dissappointed .

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good but not great

They have issues with their fairways, large patches dead grass and mud that required a “bump” to grass to play approach shots. In some cases you had to move 10-20 feet to find grass, disappointing.

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Still Love This Course

I had not played Wildfire Palmer for a few years. It has always been one of my favorite courses in the valley. It is a fun layout with a good variety of hole. Greens were in very good condition, fairways were burned out in high spots, which is typical for Phoenix courses in the summer.

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

Bare Fairways

Greens & Tees were great , most fairways are very patchy grass or just plain bare !! something has gone wrong with the fairways the grass is mostly gone , it's hard to hit off without grass there, won't be going back this year anymore

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

great value, great features

Played as a twosome 17 holes in 2.5 hrs. Skipped a par 5 with 2 foursomes that were slow and nobody ahead of them

Other than that really enjoyed our outing and look forward to more rounds this summer.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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