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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Resort
Style Desert
Par 71
Length 6846 yards
Slope 132
Rating 72.3

Faldo Championship Course at the Wildfire Golf Club measures as long as 6,846 yards, depending on which tees you're shooting from, and lies on 174 acres and features some differences from the average desert-themed golf courses. Faldo offers abundant fairways, big bentgrass greens and tee boxes, as well as the golf course's neighboring mountains, century-old saguaro cacti and 106 sand bunkers - which remind golfers of Aussie sand-belt golf courses, which gives it a magnificent locale for golfers.

Wildfire Golf Club is much-feted: When the Faldo Championship Course opened, the Arizona Republic selected hole No. 2 among the valley's 18 best. The golf course received recognition among the 2006 Travel & Leisure Golf's "World's Best Golf Resorts" for family getaways and in the 2006 Conde Nast Traveler rundown of the "Top 100 Golf Resorts in North America." These are in addition to the Gold Tee Award from Meetings & Conventions Magazine.

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Wildfire Golf Club - Faldo Course
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Tournament 71 6846 yards 72.3 132
Champinoship 71 6467 yards 70.5 126
Championship (W) 71 6467 yards 76.9 132
Regular 71 6016 yards 67.7 118
Regular (W) 71 6016 yards 74.4 126
Forward 71 5245 yards 64.8 113
Forward (W) 71 5245 yards 70.0 116
Scorecard for Faldo 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: 72.3/132 411 408 164 452 389 350 220 341 534 3269 460 547 478 360 214 607 314 177 420 3577 6846
Blue M: 70.5/126 W: 76.9/132 395 402 155 413 380 341 180 323 497 3086 441 527 454 347 187 570 298 160 397 3381 6467
Blue/White M: 69.2/123 W: 75.3/128 395 350 155 398 380 341 167 323 497 3006 421 527 428 310 167 522 298 160 377 3210 6216
White M: 67.7/118 W: 74.4/126 375 350 135 398 360 315 167 293 477 2870 421 508 428 310 167 522 277 136 377 3146 6016
White/Red M: 65.4/115 W: 71.3/122 317 297 135 365 299 315 116 293 442 2579 390 459 363 251 123 485 277 136 330 2814 5393
Red M: 64.8/113 W: 70.0/116 317 297 89 365 299 287 116 268 442 2480 390 459 363 251 123 485 232 132 330 2765 5245
Handicap 7 5 17 1 9 13 15 11 3 8 4 6 16 14 2 12 18 10
Par 4 4 3 4 4 4 3 4 5 35 4 5 4 4 3 5 4 3 4 36 71

Course Details

Year Built 2002
Fairways Winter Rye Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Nick Faldo (2002) Lee E. Schmidt (2002) Brian Curley (2002)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Wildfire Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Collared shirt and bermuda shorts required. No denim.

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4.5
580 Reviews (580)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 38
Dinner 16
Patio Dining 16
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 105
Undulating Greens 42
Forced Carries 28
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 52
A Weekend Splurge 50
Locals 37
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 70
Convenient to the City 55
Worth the Drive 39

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Very good

Good course fun to play, lots of sand, couple of drown spots here and there but that bad.

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Pace Excellent
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4.0
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Interesting Layout

A very challenging but fair layout. I think Faldo went a little overboard with the 108 bunkers and it takes a very skilled player to get the ball close. But the condition of the course and staff made for a pleasant afternoon.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Courses in really good shape staff was friendly pace-of-play was excellent

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Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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1.0
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First Time Playing

Over-Rated

Don't waste your time and money on this overrated and overpriced course. You'll thank me if you take this review with merit. Its started with the starter being rude. Not just me, several in our group commented on it.

Onto the important stuff. The layout was OK, avwrage for Scottsdale. Nothing outstanding and better options for scenery in the areas. The fairways and tee boxes were good.

Here is this courses biggest weaknesses. For a course that has so many bunkers as to be its major feature.......have good bunker conditions.

In all the bunkers I was in it was shale, pebble-like stones or very course rock like particles. After a very shallow covering of this "stuff" it was hardoan underneath. You wont damage a club in the bunker but they are some old the worst I've played. I'm a decent bunker player but not out of whatever these things are.

OK, and here is the next thing. If you hit you ball out of the fairway into the non-grassed areas (all players do occasionally, even pros) this non-grass areas are all small rocks. Having paid aporx $1000 for new irons there is no way It'd hit them out of this club damaging stuff outside of a money game or competition. Just a dumb design option, stupid actually. I'll hit out of waste bunkers, sand and hardpan all day but not pebbles.

I found some greens to be inconsitent in speed.

I wouldnt play here again. Definitely not worth the money in my opinion. I'm not a hard reviewer based on my previous reviews but this place earned a bad one from my perspective.

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

Solid Value

Very good course, fun mix of holes, excellent condition.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Hot weather
Used cart

Fun layout

They had aerated a few weeks ago so the greens were a little bumpy.

Fairways in excellent condition. Staff was hospitable.

Only recommendation is to bring some sand in for the traps. Most traps had no sand in them so you had to close the club face like a fried egg lie in order to get out. With the club face open you would skull it because of the bounce.

I would definitely play it again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Round of two halves

The people I was playing with and myself were having a pretty good round. However, we were all slightly taken aback when the Marshall came and told us on the 11th that he was going to escort the group behind us to play through. For some reason we all started playing poorly after this? I must admit that having played golf all over the world this was a first...especially as we had not been holding them up and were keeping within the recommended pace

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very Nice

Arrived at 11am for 12:05?tee time...
Friendly efficient staff, great checking process, nice range and practice chipping area...

Only negative was that we encountered several singles that perhaps should’ve been paired better, as we let 2 through, but not others .. our foursome . finished in just under 4 hours.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great day out at Widfire Faldo course

My mate and I were in Scottsdale for 8 days golf and this was a course we booked a couple of days before we played. The course was in great condition, we had a third guy with us and we were able to play at out own pace as no-one ahead or behind.
The course is generous off the tee and although a lot of bunkers they are there to frame the holes and catch bad shots, not penalise good ones.
Highly recommend this course to others for an enjoyable days golf.

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

Beautiful course

Very nice course. Lots of big mean sand bunkers. Sand was fairly hard but consistent including green side bunkers. Would have preferred soft sand at greenside. Greens were freshly aerated but had not been sanded so were actually quite fast and fair. No water at all, just sand. Fairways were perfect. If there was a negative it would be that all the holes were similar and there weren't any memorable holes or what you would remember as a signature hole. Played it under the golf now + program so price was not a factor. I would not consider it to be a $170 course but worth playing at summer rates

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Wildfire - Faldo Course

Course was in very good shape. Didn't find out they had aerated the greens until we arrived at the course. 1/2 " aeration so not a big deal for putting but as always, visually unpleasing. Course discounted the rate 15% which was appreciated. Bunkers and more Bunkers - no water hazards.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Wildfire-Faldo

Loved the course and was able to play because of GolfNow rate as previously too expensive.

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

Sand

I get fairway bunkers that are firm. But green side bunkers were like hard pan. Sand was 1/2” deep at most.

Conditions Good
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

Wildfire-Faldo

I have played course a few times- one of my favorites. Staff was very nice about getting us out early. Course and pace were excellent.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
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
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Lots of bunkers

Some think the Faldo course is harder than the Palmer because of all the bunkers (108 I’m told). Some thing the Faldo xourse is easier because you can spray the ball and find it. My fried liked tha Faldo much more, as he only lost one ball. He lost about 1 per hole on the Palmer. If you spray, not to the Faldo course.

Both are excellent and in great condition. Facility is well run and staff is friendly. Good place to play, especially if you can get some kind of a deal.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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

Awesome

Great layout, awesome condition and juniors play for 1/2 price

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser

Wildfire

Great track in great condition. Slow play is a bummer to a perfect afternoon. 5 plus hours is not what the game is about

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
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