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4.5
606 Reviews (606)
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.4
93.2%
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569 out of 606 reviews
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4.4
18 Reviews (18)
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.4
94.4%
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4.4
55 Reviews (55)
5 Stars
34
4 Stars
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.2
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
92.7%
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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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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.

Accolades

Reviews

4.5
606 Reviews (606)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 38
Dinner 16
Patio Dining 16
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 106
Undulating Greens 42
Forced Carries 29
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 53
A Weekend Splurge 51
Locals 38
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 71
Convenient to the City 56
Worth the Drive 40

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5.0
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Previously Played

HNY!

Greens were fast and fairways were in very good condition! As a local I can play a lot of good courses in the area and I like both Wildfire courses. Course condition at Faldo was fantastic especially as cold and rainy as it has been. Only draw back is some slow play and the greens keeper must have had a bad New Year’s Eve since a few of the pins were set in some nasty positions! Trying to decide if it worth it to play? Do it you’ll be glad you did. Especially using a golf app to save you 40-50%!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Terrific championship course

This is a class track. Fairways and greens in excellent condition despite recent rain. Must have a good sand base which drains well. Bunkers were firm rather than powdery, probably due to rain yesterday. I prefer them this way. Afternoon time and almost no one on the course, surprisingly. Staff, carts, range balls all great. The range and chipping/putting greens are superb. Tons of space at each spot on the range and perfect turf.

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

Bunkers everywhere but no sand

I couldn’t even push a tee more than an 1/8” into the bunkers. It’s all concrete and no sand. Brutal on a course with 108 bunkers!

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

Ideal conditions

The Faldo Course at Wildfire was in great condition the day I played. All aspects of the course were first class, fairways, bunkers and greens. Would recommend to anyone they should come and experience this challenging layout.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Too many bunkers

I’m a 12 handicap and played with 3 friends who are probably 18’s. Layout is pretty good footprints but they need to remove about half the bunkers to make it fun. Too many holes where ther e are bunkers in the middle of fairways which unless you are a bomber can’t be carried/. Even with half the bunkers removed there would be more than there are on the Palmer course which is way more fun to play.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Shot Shaper

This course has an excellent layout. You have to keep your ego in check or be a great shot shaper to go after some of the holes on the course. It's a great course to play at the summer rates. The pace of play will always be fast so you should have no problem finishing within four hours.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Bring your A game

I’ve been wanting to play this course for years. It requires you to be creative with your shot selections. You have to take your ego out of the game and leave your driver in the bag on some holes.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Arizona Advisor
Verified Purchaser
Top 25 Contributor
Previously Played

Great course

Have reviewed this course before. Tough length off the tee makes the par fours an up and down challenge almost every time. Course was in great shape for this time of year. Just a few brown areas around the greens

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice course

Really nice championship desert course. Staff was a bunch of uppidy stepford types, but guess that's to be expected at a la-di-da place like the Marriot.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Positively impressed

Course was in very good condition although a couple of drives actually backed up two or three feet after they hit a soggy part of the fairway. Greens and fairways were great but sand in some of the bunkers was a bit thin and tees could have been mowed just a little lower. Carts and GPS were excellent, staff is professional and helpful. Overall, very enjoyable and easy to recommend.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Fast play

Fairways and greens are in good shape. Greens were accepting of approaches as they were not too hard.
Pace of play for a late afternoon round was GREAT!
Less than 3 hours

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
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
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
4.0
Previously Played

Many times

I played this course countless times this summer and it was in great shape. Always worth the money to play here.

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

Quality Faldo course

Wildfire- Faldo is a very fine golf course with a ton of bunkers. Tough track for us intermediate golfers, nonetheless it was fun!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Staff was not polite nor attentive.

The course was very burnt and greens were not in great shape.....even taking into account the hot Arizona conditions. Shocking how disinterested the cart staff was.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great course

Layout is awesome and staff very accomodating as my playing partners were running late. I would not have a chance to play this course in season so I was really glad to have the opportunity

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Lots of Traps - Little Sand

Wonderful, challenging course. Unfortunately a bit lax in keeping sand in the bunkers particularly near the greens.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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