Faldo at Wildfire Golf Club at Desert Ridge Resort

4.4892529412 4.5 stars from 5 (483)
  • 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: 4.3 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: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 483 Reviews
5 stars:
270
4 stars:
180
3 stars:
21
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

455 out of 480 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 experience"


Surven's avatar
Skill:  Advanced

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

From the moment you arrive at the bag drop the staff are awesome, the course is in great shape with lots of bunkers to work around. Have to think you way through the course.


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


"Bring you sand play"


William5955383's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in excellent condition, but not sure it was worth the extra $$ over similar courses in the Phoenix Area. Lots of sand traps on the Faldo course, sometimes in the middle of the fairway area. Deep bunkers around the green, so errant shots will definitely cost you a stroke (or more). Clubhouse closed before sunset which was a little annoying since I wanted to pick up some things following my round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



u000003921986's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2018
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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


"Nice Experience"


bmid4's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
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Pace of play was good, course was in good shape, other than a few deadspota on some of the greens. Would not pay $150 plus to play this course. $100 more in line with other courses of this caliber.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice resort course"


Clay7344214's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Traveling in Scottsdale and played on a whim. Layout made you think. Fun course!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Awful organization"


ropacki's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2018
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This course books big groups one on top of another. So if you like 6 hour rounds, this is your course. They just want your money and don't care one bit about pace of play. Avoid this course


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Perfect"


u000004070267's avatar
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/31/2018
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Reviewed on

Full course but played 18 in 4h15m. Awesome staff. Great food and beer selection in bar. Great price for a really good course. Literally a perfect afternoon!


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 course to play - good test."


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2018
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Reviewed on

Excellent condition - fairways and greens. Fairways to are wide enough to accommodate a moderate miss. Fun holes to play - don't have to be precise with shots, but positioning off the tees are rewarded.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Loved the Course"


u090497707's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/24/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Best course I played all week. Nice practice facilities, check in was easy and the course was a great track and very well maintained, pace of play was great and I would definitely play this course again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"You won’t be disappointed"


Jered2197097's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/11/2018
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Really nice course with good value for money(if you find a good deal of course). Some very nice holes with ditto views. Greens are very good, pretty fast and well maintained. The day we played the only comment we could give is that we missed a marshal that would tell the group in front of us to hurry up. There was a four ball that was really all over the place. The didn’t rake any bunker and they didn’t let us pass. When talking to them we found out they were from India and didn’t really understand what we were asking them. They did understand they had to hurry up. This should have been done by a marshal though. But that is the only comment there was. The course is one you should play, you’ll like it for sure, also if you are a low handicap (although the distances on the scorecard didn’t match with the gps).


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great rRound"


crussgolf52's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/07/2018
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Reviewed on

Challenging golf course that is very playable. Friendly staff. Second nine got backed up. Wish the Marshall would have stepped in. Will definitely play again


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"Great Golf Course"


AKR7354's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played the Faldo course for the first time. Fairly wide open course but very challenging because of the number of bunkers (both fairway and green side) and the pace of the greens (fast). Beautiful design. Best part was playing with 3 delightful people (Bev, Keenan, and Bob) which made the round so special. Was not impressed with either the clubhouse or starter desk staff. They seemed to be harried and experience was not memorable. But the golf was.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Faldo"


u000001433200's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/20/2017
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Reviewed on

Golf course is awesome great condition and very scenery


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u5780007's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/18/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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



sackman's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoyed the course very much. We started on #10 which was over 420 yd Par 4, a tough hole to start. The back 9 had a couple of par 4's over 400 yds. The course has about 108 bunkers on it. It was well designed and played challengely.


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


"Fun & Challenging"


maxinskip's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Though the course is challenging as is expected of a Faldo course it was fun. Played with some great folks and improved my bunker playing abilities. There are a lot of bunkers throughout the course. Though I avoided the bunkers the previous day, my 2nd day brought out the best of me playing from the bunkers.

The fairway grass was cut too low for my liking and the greens were fast. The hole locations meant you had to bring your putting game and put your putting skills to the test. Did good though I was using rental clubs.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course



cjflores86's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/01/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"great course at the wrong time"


u000002251650's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/13/2017
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Reviewed on

We were only a few days early. Even though most area courses had resumed cutting greens and allowing carts on course, Wildfire was holding out to assure full grow-in. Probably a good decision that will pay dividends later in the season but greens were running about 6 stimp and carts on paths only detracted from an otherwise great golf experience. Don’t miss this course unless it’s early to mid-November.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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