Palmer Course at Wildfire Golf Club at Desert Ridge

4.4355764706 4.4 stars from 5 (459)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7145 yards
  • Slope: 142
  • Rating: 72.7
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Wildfire Golf Academy"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt and bermuda shorts required. No denim.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 459 Reviews
5 stars:
241
4 stars:
173
3 stars:
35
2 stars:
7
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

436 out of 455 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers a weekend splurge locals   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens forced carries   Great for drinks dinner patio dining  

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Reviews


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/24/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have been wanting to play courses like this for a long time, I've just not been able to afford to do so.

Truly enjoyed my round. Some challenging holes as well as some that "made you feel good about your abilities"

The staff was very friendly and let me get out a little earlier than my tee time and I breezed through the first 15 holes before I saw the twosome in front of me.

I'd love to have the opportunity to play here and the Faldo course again


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Palmer Course"


DoubleA12's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played from the blacks and it is a pretty tough course. A couple times driving off the blacks I only ended up about 30 to 40 yards in the fairway which is humbling, mind you those were 250+ yard drives. The greens are tricky but fun. For this course just being recently aerated it was still in pretty decent shape it was a pleasure to play there specially for the money


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great staffs"


Howardsung12's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great course, great staffs in Arizona

Our group 30 people played the Arnold Palmer course today.

Club Manager and staff members are excellent. It was great choice and we enjoyed playing here.


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


"Pretty nice course"


mletrmn's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Easy to find, sort of confusing check in with somewhat hard to find pro shop, needs better signage, cart boys weren't really helpful since we were there for the first time and needed a little better direction, got put behind a group of novices in a best ball tourney and they were slow, but as luck would have it the best player assistant we have ever seen, Dave, moved us to the back nine and we basically had the course to ourselves and then played until we wanted to stop, good carts with customer friendly GPS, water buckets for our towels, water every other hole to drink, ice chest on the cart, tees nice , fairways the best we've seen, pretty nice layout that looks tighter than it plays, greens that putt smooth and pretty fast, bunkers had some sand, got a good rate on GolfNow, cuz couldn't afford regular rates , will hope to return in the off season again, one of the nicest courses that we have played


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Wore pink shirt in honour of my Mom & Arnie"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great practise area to get your round started. Course was in excellent shape, surprising not many pitch marks so must players must care. Played the White / Blue combo at around 6300 yards, must have been the right tees as a 11 handicap who averages 225 off the tee, shot a 79. Always enjoy a course that makes you think about each shot, used most of my clubs in the bag.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Palmer course at Wildfire"


rathke's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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First time playing this course and was greatly impressed by the conditions from tee to green. Fairways were lush and green probably the best I have seen this year in the valley. Greens were smooth and fairly fast but unfortunately would not hold an approach shot. Sand was fair but still not a little gravel mix. Layout itself has many excellent holes and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Would recommend but only if one can get a deal since most of the year this course is a little overpriced.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Well maintained course"


vhynes's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Our group started as a twosome, the course let us start on the back nine, so we flew playing the back nine in about an hour. I appreciate that, especially in the AZ heat. On the front we caught up with the foursomes. The course is well maintained, the greens roll true and traps are gravel free. The fairways are good, there are a few burned out spots which is typical in Az this time of year.


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


"Palmer course."


u7355717's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Palmer Is one of my favorite course designers and he didn't disappoint. Course was in real good shape. Staff was out on the course working to keep the pace of play up. Couple of groups that were slow were suddenly gone after the front nine.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Really great place"


Blackcld's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

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

Reviewed on

Played the course on a Sunday morning. The course was packed but it moved along relatively well. Rangers were on top of everything and very friendly. Front desk staff even assisted us in evaluating other courses in the area. Greens were A+. Fairways ... never had to touch the ball.

We would go back in a heart beat.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Palmer at Wildfire"


marvstammen's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always one of the best complexes in the Valley. Great layout. Great condition. Very good practice facilities as well. Especially great value this time of the year. Always a very enjoyable golf experience at Wildfire. Both courses are fun to play. Never have a preference for one course over the other - Palmer vs Faldo


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



gregb33's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

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

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



liftman1954's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Wildfire with ask"


Derbyday16's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played Palmer

Long or 3’s and 4’s

Marshal a little surly but otherwise great time


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



ctprggolfer's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
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Reviewed on


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



u000007721442's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



vlynndavis's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A good mix of mild and with teeth!"


eltigre132's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The driving range conditions were not good. And with a 10:30 tee time, it was difficult to get a Gatorade other than being referred to the cart girl, and we didn't see her for another hour. But the conditions of the fairways, greens, and bunkers, we're fabulous. Despite being a 2 some between 2 4somes, the day went smoothly. Pricey, but certainly with the limit of Phoenix norm for a course of this quality, this time of year.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"10 rating"


u9492033's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played right after lpga harbour bank, rough very tough


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Awesome"


u000004101701's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Desert Ridge was fantastic, we played 9 on the Faldo, and 9 on Plamer, as LPGA were there also playing the course. Faldo seemed harder of the tracks , due to all the bunkers, had a Great time, course in good condition, will be back.....friendly staff....


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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