Papago Golf Course

4.0076117647 4.0 stars from 5 (311)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7333 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 75.0
  • Layout

  • 5595 E Moreland St, Phoenix, AZ 85008, Maricopa County
  • (602) 275-8428, (602) 262-5088
  • (602) 441-4302
  • www.papagogolfcourse.net

Year built: 1963
Architect(s): William F. Bell, Billy Fuller (2008), Jack Snyder (1977)
Type: Public
Style: Traditional
Greens: Bermuda
Fairways: Bermuda
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.8 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.8 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 311 Reviews
5 stars:
83
4 stars:
163
3 stars:
45
2 stars:
16
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

269 out of 310 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near the airport near local attractions   Great for locals advanced golfers walkers   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens plays long   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views  

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"No prior information provided by Golf Now on current construction."


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Totally disappointed with the lack of any practice facilities which were shutdown due to the construction and the fact this information was not provided by GolfNow. Basically wait in the parking lot until your tee time. Additionally we never saw the Beverage cart once over 18 holes. Never will play Papago again and will obviously have to check other websites for current course conditions which were not provided by GolfNow.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



pcedens1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



brett3060637's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



wadena's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

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

Reviewed on

great course but construction of new club house and practice range limit off course facilities


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000005689547's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Only reason for any negative was clubhouse construction. Course was in great shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



jackoalex's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Pace of play"


hhjeg0's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pace of play was slow, 4:40 is too long. We kept pace with the group in front of us who was also keeping up with the group in front of them. Rangers need to encourage players to play ready golf. Also, they could do a better job of maintaining the restrooms on the course making sure they are cleaned and have paper towels and toilet paper. Great idea to have an ice and water station located by the restrooms.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Course good, pace awful"


phillip123's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tee to green conditions were good, however there is not a Marshall too be found. We waited on every hole to make a tee shot and on every approach shot.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Doing work for a new clubhouse etc Thought crs was in great shape and greens were excellent. For this time of year with baseball training going on prices are always up. Compared to other golf crs. it is reasonably.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Big change"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

They have done a lot of good work on the course

Made it a lot more enjoyable go play.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable course with good variety"


u445283728's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2018
First time playing Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We enjoyed being able to walk. Interesting holes. Fariways were terrific an greens good.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good golf, few amenities now (early 2018)"


chuckleshs's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Clulbhouse and surrounding area was under construction, but the course is in great condition. Played white (old man) tees at 2pm. Finished in 4 hours. Rewards good placement more than distance. You want to avoid grassless areas in the rough.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



Barry8775974's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Trailer House Start"


scraj76's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/11/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

There was no clubhouse just a trailer off to the side while the new clubhouse is being built. Despite that the course was in great shape and the green are fast. Took 2.5hrs to play the front, following local young men playing the tips and spraying the ball while walking only played 9 holes, and finished the back in 1.75hrs with a 4-some. I would only recommend this course on a cheap day despite being a well-kept AZ course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Loved it."


GolferJH's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great muni and convenient to the airport. We were at the first tee box 45 minutes after the plane landed. Good intro to Phoenix golf. Big deep bunkers....watch ou!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"not worth the money"


Mark421's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in only fair condition. Compared to other courses which are much better, this course was far too expensive for what you get. No amenities as they are under construction of a club house.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Challenging lengthy track with great conditions"


Luckyshank's avatar
Top 10 Contributor
New York Advisor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/29/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Managed to squeeze in a round during a quick visit to the Phoenix Valley. Papago I was told to be the future home course of the ASU Sun Devils. Didn't know anything about Papago prior to my unexpected round. The course conditions were close to immaculate. Teeboxes and fairways were just about perfectly lush. Greens to me were a bit shaggy to consider quick but despite this still rolled true. From the tips the course plays over 7300 yards. Playing from these tee boxes presents many challenges especially the par 3's that play from 230 to over 250 yards. I would have given 5 stars only due to the construction for the new clubhouse was going on. Off course amenities were limited but staff was still super friendly. Definitely a hidden gem course in Phoenix. Extremely good track when locals consider it a muni track.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"heck of a muni"


jdmarkie's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

golf course was in great shape...greens held shots, and putts rolled true....par 3s are long and tough


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A great course!"


EZPIGG's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Like I said a, great course. I was in Arizona for vacation. It was nice to get out of the rain back east. While it was hot, 96, my wife and I enjoyed the dry heat! I did enjoy the course. I like that it was right in front of you. Nothing hidden. The greens rolled true and the bunkers were perfect. The rough was sparse and really did not present any challenge (probably the time of year). It is a good walking course. Staff service was excellent. I gave the off course amenities a Fair rating because they are in a temporary trailer, but I'm sure it will be nice once the new clubhouse is built. Gave Value Average rating because the price seemed a bit steep and it seems they were sticking it to the visitor a little too much. My only real complaint is that all of the par 3s were long (180 yrds +, one was 220 yrds). I don't mind one or two 200 yrd par 3s, but three or four seems to be pushing it for amatour golf. Nevertheless, it is a great golf course!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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