Faldo at Wildfire Golf Club at Desert Ridge Resort

4.4951882353 4.5 stars from 5 (515)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6846 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 72.3
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Wildfire Golf Academy"

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt and bermuda shorts required. No denim.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 515 Reviews
5 stars:
288
4 stars:
192
3 stars:
21
2 stars:
11
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

484 out of 512 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers a weekend splurge locals   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens forced carries   Great for drinks dinner patio dining  

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"Great course a must play"


Tbeilste's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2018
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Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



Earl8359301's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2018
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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


"Fun but challenging"


cvaldez1979's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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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.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Very Nice Course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/05/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Several burned out/thin areas around the greens...just move the ball as ground under repair. Other than that, tees were thick and lush, fairways nice and bunkers were well manicured. Layout was great. We played early as a 2 some and flew around...hard to comment on how pace of play or Marshalls would be on a busy day.

Will definitely keep on my favorites list


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u000005327023's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/26/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable round of golf"


buffaloe's avatar
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Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played the Faldo course and it was a lot of fun. Lots of fairway traps to dodge,. Good greens, sand, tee boxes, fairways. Very nice variety of holes. Some bare spots on fairways so I moved my ball a couple feet a few times. Staff is always friendly, professional and accommodating.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice course layout ."


u7367555's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2018
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Fairways are dirt in many areas . Greens are fuzzy .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great course!"


david6322643's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2018
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Undfortunately this course, like the other 3 I played this week are fighting the change over from winter to summer grasses. But green are in really good shape and if you just move your ball a few feet here or there in the fairway, you have nice grass to hit from.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



ebsch001's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/19/2018
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Great course! Greens held very well and pitted very smooth! Love the Faldo course!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Bunkers for you off the tee and at the green makes you play different tee shots and different lengths"


u243745195's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2018
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Great course and layout makes you lay up from tee to avoid hazards on shorter par fours and fives only negative was grass was switching over so they had some bare spots in a few fairways


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Course condition"


timfreese's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/01/2018
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I’ve played here for many years, one of my favorites, however the condition of the course was the worst I’ve ever experienced. Sad to see!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


"Fix fairway grass"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2018
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Reviewed on

Too many burned out areas for late May. Some places looked like it was late July or August. Also only saw a cart Girl after 9 and then only once was never told tgey only had 1 cart girl for 36 holes. POOR CUSTOMER SERVICE. .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Challenging course"


chitown51's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2018
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Design is challenging especially in 20-25 mph wind we played in. Played 18 in 3 hours!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Greens in Great Shape"


u000007515634's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Course is a great risk/reward challenge. Greens were very consistent and pretty quick. No complaints whatsoever. I will be back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice course. Plays long for slope rating with several 400 yd par 4’s at 122 slope rating"


Allen2343344's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
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Reviewed on

We enjoyed the course which was in very nice condition. Plays a bit difficult for slope rating. Lots of bunkers (108).

Only negative was Marshall. We were 10-15 min behind pace but had left 3 2-somes pass through. Marshall told us we might need to skip a hole to get back on pace even though we told him we had left several groups of 2 pass through. That was plain rude if you allow so many groups of 2 to play. No one was waiting on us either. Give a Marshall a badge and they feel obligated to be a jerk I guess


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Humbling in the bunkers"


linebacker60's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Outstanding course with excellent greens. Never seen so many bunkers on a golf course and in every part of the course. Some of them are very deep so better have your best sand wedge ready. Totally enjoyed our visit to the course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u00000174478's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Very good experience"


u000002400184's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I thought the number of bunkers was intimidating but it turned out very manageable. Great course with very good staff.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great day on the course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2018
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Reviewed on

This was one of my best golf experiences year to date. The course conditions and layout are always great here. The best part of the day was the starter on his own asking a foursome who was to tee off before us, as we were a twosome, if they would allow us to tee off ahead of them. They readily agreed. He obviously knew there was a gap open ahead of the foursome. We did and played the first nine in one hour and 15 minutes. We caught a foursome with three holes left but still finished 18 in three hours and ten minutes. It was a pleasure to play such a great course without having to wait on groups ahead. This was golf the way it should be. Greatly appreciated the starter taking the initiative to make our day a great one.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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