Faldo at Wildfire Golf Club at Desert Ridge Resort
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.
|Championship (W)||71||6467 yards||76.9||132|
|Regular (W)||71||6016 yards||74.4||126|
|Forward (W)||71||5245 yards||70.0||116|
|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|
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Photo submitted by Stefano5396557 on 04/28/2019
Great facilities Photo submitted by GREGCGOLFER on 07/30/2017
Beautiful Desert scenery Photo submitted by GREGCGOLFER on 07/30/2017
Photo submitted by mriemer01 on 02/13/2017
Faldo Hole 4, Par 4 (birdie) Photo submitted by vrob008 on 08/18/2016
Photo submitted by Dharmesh on 06/02/2013
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%!!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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
I played this course countless times this summer and it was in great shape. Always worth the money to play here.
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!
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.
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
Lots of Traps - Little Sand
Wonderful, challenging course. Unfortunately a bit lax in keeping sand in the bunkers particularly near the greens.