Faldo at Wildfire Golf Club at Desert Ridge Resort

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4.5
532
5 Stars
300
4 Stars
195
3 Stars
21
2 Stars
13
1 Stars
3
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.4
92.4%
Recommend this course
499 out of 529 reviews
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4.5
41
5 Stars
26
4 Stars
13
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
90.5%
Recommend this course
38 out of 41 reviews
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4.5
70
5 Stars
48
4 Stars
17
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.5
91.4%
Recommend this course
64 out of 70 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 6846
Slope 132
Rating 72.3
Type Public
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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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)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
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
532

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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5.0
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First Time Playing

The course is very challenging with all the bunkers.

I enjoyed the course immensely and look forward to coming back...

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

Great layout but not kept up

Greensblack sand and when there are over 100 of them you will find it! Many bunkers filled with water and not raked out from thrvday before. Expect better for the price they charge

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

Pleasantly Surprised

I have played almost all the top rated coursed In the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. I came to town with a golf buddy for the weekend.. We wanted to play 36 holes and this time of year is hard because of overseeding. We both loved both courses. Personally I preferred Faldo over Palmer. Excellent customer service. On a hot day the ice water towels were great. Lots of water to keep hydrated. It's not the name of some of the other top courses, but I think you would be happy. Faldo course has over 100 bunkers. Visually, it is a great looking course. Fairly open for those who spray the ball. I will be back for sure!!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 25 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 25 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Course in very good condition, just few too many bunkers

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

Faldo Wildfire

The course is fun, scenic and challenging. We will come back again and again. The staff are great and very accommodating.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Enjoyable round of golf

Friendly staff. Nice fast golf carts with GPS to font and back. Distance is always to pin. Greens rolled nice. Pace of play was slow. Staff worked hard to get slow groups to speed up. Water available on the course and we saw the beer cart 4 or 5 times during our round. I would play again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Course in very poor condition

Played today and the greens are very thin and very difficult to putt. We had at least a dozen putts for birdie inside 10 feet and did not even come close to making the putt. It was very frustrating. Pace of play was very slow with Marshalls visiting often with no results. We both shot upper 70s and should have been around par.

Fairways were just Ok.

I would not play this course before mid September

Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Yes Sir! Sir Faldo Sir!

Very nice layout! Waaay too many greenside bunkers! And waaaay too many fairway bunkers!

The challenge is to play from the correct tees! If you play from the tips, fairway bunkers are out of play but you leave yourself forever to reach the green; if you play from the blue or white tees, those bunkers are now back in play but you leave yourself a better shot at reaching the greens! The fairways & greens are in excellent shape! TG for resort golf!

We'll be back for sure!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Liked it

Best course so far on our Phoenix tour. Really nice layout with lot of bunkers. The amount and quality of sand varied between bunkers. Greens in excellent conditions. Enjoyed The course layout: you had good visibility from teeboxes. Will play Palmer course next week.

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
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Round of Golf with Friends

We played the Faldo Course with four players with handicaps of 13-19 and had a terrific time. The fairways were like playing on carpet- the very best I have ever played on since the Coeur d'Alene GC opened many years ago in Idaho.

Sand traps had the finest sand (somewhat grainy so there was no "compacting") and we found many of them! The biggest challenge for us was keeping ball out of the sand traps- not easy on some long approach shots.

The entire staff (pro shop, baggers, beverage cart, and starters) were all extremely professional and courteous.

The price ($30.94 including all taxes and resort fees) for each of us made playing a course of this quality very affordable and will certainly bring us back. Living in the area year-round we will likely play this course many times as the hot weather does not seem to have adverse effects on the course.

GREAT TIME SPEND ON THE FALDO COURSE!

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

Great course a must play

Great layout, LOTS or sand, but fair. Greens are in great shape. This is a track that should be on your list.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
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
First Time Playing

Fun but challenging

This was truly a great course to play for the first time ever. The course is was in great condition, pace of play was great. A fun course but challenging with a ton of bunkers. The fairways were awesome and greens were in good condition, a little fast but good.

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