Papago Golf Course

3.9843470588 4.0 stars from 5 (317)
  • 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) 441-4302
  • www.papagogolfcourse.net
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Year built: 1963
Architect(s): William F. Bell (1963), Billy Fuller (2008), Jack Snyder (1977)
Type: Public/Municipal
Style: Traditional
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
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 317 Reviews
5 stars:
84
4 stars:
166
3 stars:
47
2 stars:
16
1 stars:
4

recommend this course

273 out of 316 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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"Had a great time"


uDVZE1919DV's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Hadn't played this course since the renovation. It took a couple of holes to warm up, since the practice facility is not open. It is a very nice layout. Plenty of room in the fairways and nice sized greens. Got out early, 6 am, so the weather was perfect. Greens were a little bumpy, since they were aerated about 3 weeks ago, but that did not take away from the experience. It wont be 10 years before I come back again, maybe not even 10 days!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice greens"


Alan8363632's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2018
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Reviewed on

Very friendly staff. The greens are in excellent condition and very large. Fairways are decent. There are huge sand traps in front of almost every green so you need to fly the ball to the green which can be discouraging at times for a 12 handicap. There is really nothing special about the course. It has quite a few parallel holes.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Great Course/Friendly Staff"


scurran46's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a wonderful golf course, and it will only get better when their construction is completed. Randy met me with a smile and welcome, and the day just kept getting better.


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


"Construction going on"


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Boston Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/28/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

This course needs time to get done with the clubhouse building and practice area. That being said the golf course is in great shape. #6,10 and 18 are great golf holes. This course needs signage to help the new customer. Staff was spot on with getting everyone out on time with the course flow. Will certainly come back to see how it looks when done. Looks world class


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Great muni!"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/26/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful municipal course close to everything. We played because it was close to where we were staying - but I would go back. Nice course. Undergoing clubhouse renovation right now so limited services at the moment.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"No club house or practise facilities"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2018
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Reviewed on

Without a proper clubhouse and no practise facility (especially a putting green and chipping area) it detected from the overall golf experience.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"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
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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


"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
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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



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