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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Municipal
Style Traditional
Par 72
Length 7333 yards
Slope 130
Rating 75.0

Papago Golf Course is conveniently situated just a few minutes from downtown Phoenix though you would never be able to tell with the peace and seclusion provided by the course's location in Papago Park. The golf course sits at the base of Papago Buttes, past the rugged red rocks you can see Phoenix skyline. The course was designed by William Francis Bell, whom you may know for Torrey Pines in San Diego. The challenging layout features undulating greens framed with strategically placed bunkers and subtle but tricky mounding. Water hazards appear on a few holes as well. It's a tough but straightforward layout that is still playable for a range of skill levels. Since opening in 1963, Papago has hosted numerous events including the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and Phoenix Open Qualifying.

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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7333 yards 75.0 130
Blue 72 6771 yards 72.0 125
White 72 6382 yards 70.0 122
Green (W) 72 5777 yards 72.4 124
Gold (W) 72 5404 yards 70.5 121
Scorecard for Papago Golf 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: 74.8/129 561 386 467 233 383 442 454 253 542 3721 525 187 322 402 442 585 442 243 464 3612 7333
Black/Blue M: 73.1/126 561 350 438 233 371 442 411 253 542 3601 525 158 322 376 393 585 420 243 441 3463 7064
Blue M: 71.7/124 544 350 438 208 371 398 411 206 475 3401 505 158 304 376 393 545 420 232 441 3374 6775
Blue/White M: 70.6/121 544 311 424 208 328 398 378 206 475 3272 505 146 304 365 360 545 398 232 407 3262 6534
White M: 69.9/119 W: 76.1/131 530 311 424 195 328 371 378 195 464 3196 491 146 293 365 360 508 398 214 407 3182 6378
Green M: 68.5/115 W: 72.1/120 530 311 314 161 328 325 314 154 464 2901 421 123 293 347 360 483 338 140 337 2842 5743
Gold M: 65.3/111 W: 70.0/118 427 266 314 156 275 325 314 154 410 2641 421 123 256 347 318 483 338 140 337 2763 5404
Handicap 5 17 1 9 7 15 3 13 11 18 14 16 4 12 6 10 8 2
Par 5 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 5 36 5 3 4 4 4 5 4 3 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 2 10 14 18 4 12 8 16 6 3 11 15 9 7 1 13 17 5

Course Details

Year Built 1963
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
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

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

4.0
353 Reviews (353)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 17
19th Hole Scenic Views 6
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 70
Undulating Greens 49
Plays Long 47
This course/club is great for:
Locals 64
Advanced Golfers 54
Walkers 54
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 82
Near the Airport 75
Near Local Attractions 35

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Nice course, good fast greens, great staff

The course was is good shape, the greens were quite fast and smooth. The course is moderately difficult. The desert area around the holes could use some maintenance.

Pace of play was good, the cost ($48) on June 14 was fair for the quality and condition of the course.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
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$29 is a special at 3pm during the week according to the course. I'd say baed on how hard the greens were it should probably be a little less. Everyone was pretty friendly but $9 for a sandwich with stale bread and some chips at the turn probably prevents me from coming back. The weather has been pretty cool for this time of year so it's surprising how hard and dry the greens were. You'd like to think with pretty much no cart paths that the cost to maintain this course is pretty cheap and some more $ should be spent on keeping the greens in a lot better shape. I'd hate to see what the green will look like a month from now. At a similar price point Dobson Ranch is a lot better.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Perfect weather
Used cart

Papago

Played Papago on a Tuesday morning. Pace of play was outstanding. Very little waiting.
Course is in great condition for thistle of year.
Sand traps were mostly dirt.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
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
4.0
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BriPat

Not your fault but we played in 25 mph gusts of wind during our round. Course is challenging enough without having to adjust two clubs up and down depending on hole direction. Will play again, but we ask that you turn the wind machine down the next time. ;-)

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Arizona Advisor
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Top 25 Contributor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Getting Closer to Prime Time

Papago is a municipal course that ASU has now taken over as its home course for the golf team. Money is being injected to bring this course up to a higher overall level. A new clubhouse, restaurant and pro shop were built on the site, replacing an old, recycled trailer affair. The fairway grasses and greens are in good condition, the bunkers are sandy, but their consistency could use some improvement, and the practice area is quite good. In all respects, the course is on track to being an excellent course; it is not there yet, but is well on its way.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

First timmer.

The course condition was okay but for a first time player it was sometimes hard to recognize which way to go for the next hole. Club house was really nice.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Papago

Course was in good shape. Enjoyed being able to walk a course. Greens were true but hard to hold. Sand was fair to good. Course could use a bit more water. Pace was 4.5 hrs. Really nice restaurant.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Just ok for a municipal course

Considering the amount of rain we've had, the grass fairways were fairly barren in many places, the greens need a lot more grass and seeding. The price even with the golf now discount was not a value. The cart paths were almost nonexistent. The course appears to need a lot of grooming and TLC.
On the pluse side, the new clubhouse and dining facility was very nice.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Miami Advisor
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Relaxing Atmosphere

FIrst stop on our annual #BuddiesTrip2019. Papago is situated about 10 minutes from the PHX airport, and is the home of Instagram sensation, CartBarnGuys. Papago was recently renovated, due to Arizona State moving there. 10/10 for atmosphere.

We had some time to kill before our round, so we grabbed a bite at the restaurant which overlooks the 1st and 10th tee, as well as the driving range.. Very Cool!

Practice Facilities were very nice. Hitting on the Range with the Camelback mountains in the distance, was a nice change from what we are used too. A little disappointing that we had to pay $14 for a large bucket of range balls.

Front and back 9's start with reachable par 5's (from the blue tees). Nice to have a 3 shot hole to start any round of golf in my opinion. Course overall has a fun layout, with a variety of long and short holes.

It seemed as though most par 5's were reachable in two, but forced your hand with a layup, due to well protected, large greens. Par 4's werent too long, but forced you to make a decision to take the conservative route and have a mid iron in, or be agressive and be punished or rewarded, depending on the outcome.. I love that type of course management. FInally the par 3's seemed to be the teeth of the course, as they were all over 200 yards, except for 1 that I recall.

Greens were fast, but true! Fairways were generous, but if you are off the beaten path, be aware. I would recommend (if your playing mated approve) list and sweep away the rocks around your ball. I destroyed my AW by hitting from the desert.

Big props to the management team for having every 3-4 holes, a full water jug! Arizona is hot, and dry. Its a small, but very noticeable detail.

Will be back

Conditions Average
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
Previously Played

Still One Of My Favorites

I really liked this course last year and it did not disappoint this year either. Excellent condition. The new clubhouse is awesome. It’s nice to have the practice facilities back again too.
Great track, I recommend it to everyone.

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

Fun time

Course was in great shape. Played five rounds of golf this trip in Phoenix. This wad my favorite course.

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

Was everything I heard it would be greens much faster then i expected.. can't wait to play it again.

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

great course

We were looking for a course next to the airport. This was perfect. The course was in excellent condition and the right amount of challenge.
The staff was so friendly and stored our bags, etc. We stayed for lunch while waiting for our Lyft, the meal was very good.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great value for the money

Other than the 5 hour pace of play, I loved everything about Papago. There was some kind of mini-tour event the day I played, so that might have caused the slow pace. Greens were in great shape but unbelievably fast. New clubhouse is awesome. All staff members were very courteous and friendly. For the money, this course is as good as any I play in the Valley.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fast greens!

Played on a Sunday front nine in under two hours. Back nine little over two. Just short of four hours overall. Bunkers very thin. Greens super fast but true! Hard to get a shot to check. Played lots of bump and runs. Would definitely play again if rate is good.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Great value and great test

After playing 5 or 6 rounds at some of the high end courses around Phoenix that were a bit of a let down, Papago was a lovely surprise. Very good shape, great welcome from staff and a lovely facility. Plan to make this my "home course" while on holiday in Phoenix

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
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

One slow round

One slow round. Loved the course. Excellent conditions. Some of the best greens I’ve ever put it on. One of the slowest rounds ever. The marshal came by three times and apologize for the slow play of the group two ahead of us. But never did he ask them to pick up and catch up even after being nearly 2 holes behind the group in front of them. Why have a Marshall at all.

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

Great afternoon at Papago!

Really enjoyed our first round at Papago golf course. Nice range and practice facilities. Excellent municipal track. Conditions were fine overall. Greens were fast and true. Staff were friendly and helpful. We will definitely go back again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Don’t go

Hour and a half to play last 3 holes, $24.00 for 2 vodka sodas at bar will not go back definitely not a $100.00 plus course

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
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