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4.1
396 Reviews (396)
5 Stars
115
4 Stars
197
3 Stars
58
2 Stars
22
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.9
Value
3.9
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.2
85.2%
Recommend this course
342 out of 396 reviews
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4.1
14 Reviews (14)
5 Stars
6
4 Stars
5
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.8
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.7
85.7%
Recommend this course
12 out of 14 reviews
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4.0
24 Reviews (24)
5 Stars
10
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
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Conditions
3.8
Value
3.8
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
83.3%
Recommend this course
20 out of 24 reviews
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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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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

Food & Beverage

Bar

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

4.1
396 Reviews (396)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 17
19th Hole Scenic Views 6
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 71
Undulating Greens 50
Plays Long 48
This course/club is great for:
Locals 65
Advanced Golfers 55
Walkers 54
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 83
Near the Airport 75
Near Local Attractions 36

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Reviews 1
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Great layout

Fun layout. The course lays out in front of you and requires a variety of shots. No tricks. Unfortunately conditions are not yet up to the quality the layout deserves. Definitely will play again.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

...Not For Beginners

My only gripe is that, unfortunately, this course's pace of play is too fast for beginners. A shame because it's a beautiful course and provides adequate challenges for novice & experienced golfers alike. The course is very well maintained. Fast greens! I would have loved to go back, but as a beginner, it is not worth spending $80 per round on a course that feels rushed at all times.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Another great day of golf

Papago is one of my favorite course in the valley.

Great customer service, always well taken care of and offers a great experience for golfers with 10+ handicaps.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Junk bunkers

The greens were bumpy and still shaggy after aeration. The bunkers were crap! A very thin layer of a clay sand mix made them play more like hard pan or a natural area.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times 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
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Totally not worth the money.

Just a local muni course with nicer bunkers. I realize it’s mid July, but I could play Dinosaur mt twice for what it costs and it’s twice the course. Great course for $20, but certainly not for $60

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Unimpressed

I’ve heard a lot about this course but this was my first time playing it. I was not impressed. Way over priced for a municipal course that is in ok condition. There aren’t any cart paths so you feel like you are off roading the whole time. Greens are like a washboard, can’t get a true roll. There are much better courses in the valley for that price. I won’t bother with it again. Disappointing.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Papago

Great public course, GPS on an iPad in every cart. Cooler with ice included. Pretty straight forward course. 3 out 4 par 3’s are over 200 yards from the blues. Definitely will play again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Course Condition is Poor

After reading all the reviews of this course I decided to play it. Unfortunately it didn't come close to expectations. I play over 150 rounds a year and there was so much wrong with the course I don't even have enough time write it, after leaving on hole 9. I wasted enough time finishing the front 9. I would not recommend this course. I am in the industry and I am well aware what a course is worth for 100 bucks.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 06/25/2020

I feel like you've left the same comment on several courses. Also how is hot weather the courses fault? Strange that is an option to pick...

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Great Conditions, but a little pricey

Excellent course layout especially if you plan on walking. The fairways were in perfect condition and the greens were smooth. This course has been in pristine condition ever since ASU moved their golf team here but the prices have gone up just a little too high.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays Twice a year
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course, good variety of holes. Pace of play was good. Would golf again

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

Great course, fun atmosphere!

We had a group of buddies travel to AZ for a golf trip and to watch the WM Open. This was our 2nd course and did not disappoint. Course was in perfect shape and provided incredible views. Staff was above and beyond friendly from the start. Not only was the course a great track, the clubhouse and dining were great. Would recommend and will come back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great place to play 18!

Great course with great amenities! -We will be back soon!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great Muni golf course

I’d love another crack at this golf course. I started on the back 9 as they split tee in the summer to get more groups out. I was surprised at the pace. It better then what you see at the munis in Southern CA. The course is a fun challenging layout. They have some long par 3 and it’s a tough finishing stretch. The Papagos are a cool back drop for some holes. They punched the greens when I played, but my playing partners said they’re usually great.

It is a mini golf course so there are a few bare areas but overall solid condition.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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