Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club

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4.6
21
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
0
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
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Staff Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.5
Conditions
4.8
Value
3.8
Layout
4.7
100.0%
Recommend this course
21 out of 21 reviews
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4.6
21
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Staff Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.5
Amenities
5.0
Conditions
5.0
Value
3.5
Layout
5.0
100.0%
Recommend this course
4 out of 4 reviews
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Staff Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.6
Conditions
4.9
Value
3.8
Layout
4.9
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9 out of 9 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7225
Slope 138
Rating 73.4
Type Public/Resort
The Cholla golf course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, open since 2001, receives distinctions: The course, created over 7,225 yards by Scott Miller, made Sports Illustrated's list of the 10 best new public courses when it debuted. Other honors include the 2006-07 Zagat Survey's highest rating in Arizona and Golfweek's No. 2 best Arizona public course in 2006. The golf club sits near Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, on the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation's territory, and runs through some of the Sonora Desert that sill remains intact, as yet untouched by the surrounding commercial and residential developments. We-Ko-Pa means "Four Peaks" in the Yavapai language. A round of golf on the Cholla Course at the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club kicks off on a par-4 hole that measures 351 yards from the Tournament tees. Things get crazy long on the 18th hole, a par 5 that plays to 605 yards from the Tournament tees. A round of golf on the Cholla Course at the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club concludes on a relatively short par 4 that measures 432 yards.
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Cholla 72 7225 yards 73.4 138
Purple 72 6740 yards 70.7 133
Composite 72 6436 yards 69.4 126
White 72 6114 yards 67.5 119
White (W) 72 6114 yards 73.6 130
Green 72 5289 yards 69.3 124
Scorecard for Cholla
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Cholla M: 73.4/138 351 588 178 469 207 436 350 605 459 3643 566 220 390 420 177 327 472 578 432 3582 7225
Purple M: 70.7/133 332 574 164 419 190 371 323 587 429 3389 538 208 361 395 159 299 433 551 407 3351 6740
Composite M: 69.4/126 332 574 150 389 155 371 323 558 384 3236 538 187 361 347 159 299 374 528 407 3200 6436
White M: 67.5/119 312 530 150 389 155 322 265 558 384 3065 471 187 334 347 151 272 374 528 385 3049 6114
Green W: 69.9/127 278 461 119 363 118 305 239 452 279 2614 423 157 280 327 138 232 337 428 353 2675 5289
Handicap 13 3 17 9 15 7 11 1 5 4 16 10 12 18 14 6 2 8
Par 4 5 3 4 3 4 4 5 4 36 5 3 4 4 3 4 4 5 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 2001
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens TiffDwarf Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Scott Miller (2001)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range yes - 25 tees
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire, no denim.

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Reviews

4.6
21

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
19th Hole Scenic Views 3
Drinks 3
Patio Dining 3
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 6
Bunkers 5
Forced Carries 5
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 8
Advanced Golfers 5
Group Getaways 5
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 6
At a Resort 5
In the 'Burbs 1

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

need to play here more often

the good news weather perfect for this time of year,courses in very good shape fairways and greens almost perfect first group out have separate ranges for the two courses very friendly staff,bad news G.P.S. is kinda confusing if not used to playing the course lots of blind tee shots due to G.P.S. not giving good information,sand in the bunkers is not the typical "desert"sand kinda the white fluffy stuff have to be able to play a different kind of bunker shot than what is normal for the phoenix desert,beverage cart came around quite often good thing and she was "very friendly and nice" kelly from Cleveland,Oh
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Top Choice

Played this course this last weekend with a group of old friends from the East Coast. We played several other very high profile courses in Scottsdale over the weekend, and all agreed without hesitation that this was our favorite. The tee sheet was full, but in the course of our round we saw only brief glimpses of other groups both ahead and behind us. The course was wonderful both aesthetically and from a golf standpoint. Staff was great to work with. Hope to come back soon.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Wisconsin Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Quinessential Desert Golf

I could not make it to We Ko Pa during my fall visit to AZ because the course was closed for overseeding. I was excited when it was in the rotation for my annual buddies trip because I have heard so many good things about it. Perfect conditions. Carpet like fairways and awesome greens that rolled true and were green. By far the best that we played the entire week during peak season. I know they have an advantage when it comes to watering and they definitely use it. The course is very playable from the combines tees although shorter hitters may have trouble with some of the forced carries off the tee box. Holes offer a nice variety of doglegs and strategic options and long hitters can blast away on most holes but you must know where to place your tee shots. Great views on the Cholla and I cannot wait to come back.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Great desert golf experience. Scenic, no surrounding developments and wonderful conditions. Fairways are generous but if you miss by much it can be penal. Key to scoring is in the approach—although the greens are large, if missed in regulation or in the wrong spot, scoring is difficult. Greens are undulating and challenging, but very fair. Must play course for the desert experience and challenge.
Staff Friendliness Average
Pace of Play Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Fair
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Massachusetts Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Cholla Was the Perfect Choice for Great Golf

I got to play the Cholla course on a perfect Wednesday while vacationing in AZ. I had played the Saguaro course 2 years ago and loved it, so I had high expectations for Cholla. With temps in the 70's, it was a perfect day to let the ball fly. We played the Composite tees at 6500 yards, and that was right on for us. Every aspect of this course was excellent on this day from tees to fairways to greens and even the hazards. There are 18 clearly unique holes on Cholla that use elevation changes and natural effects to challenge your game. You must be careful to cautious when putting, as some putts can easily get away from you if you are too aggressive. We enjoyed every minute of the 4:20 we spent on Cholla. It was a perfectly paced and well managed round on this deservedly busy golf destination. The only back up was at the halfway house on the 10th tee that we hit at exactly 12:00. I would urge any golfers, regardless of handicap, to get a round or 2 in at We Ko Pa if you are anywhere within 50 miles of it. You will not be disappointed. I assure you that.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
Minnesota Advisor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

A great place, but my second choice - Cholla

Cholla is a very fun course, I played all 36 and will be writing an additional review for Saguaro. We started the day with Cholla and I was really looking forward to playing here. Very cool restaurant and pro shop area, they have a fire pit as well which was quite neat. We Ko Pa had least friendly/welcoming of the 5 courses we played during our trip, which was disappointing. It was fine, but when we compared to the others we realized they were the only course to literally not say "Welcome". This is being picky but for the money being comparable to Grayhawk and Troon, this could have been better. The starter was the nail, by far the most unwelcoming started of our trip. The 2 guys we were paired with felt the same thing. Now to the course, awesome views with some memorable holes. I enjoyed the course but felt it wasn't nearly in as good of shape as Saguaro. Bunkers were good, well groomed and they played pretty fair. A few were packed and hard to play out of. Greens were pretty good minus a few bad patches but that happens everywhere. The views are spectacular on both courses, the mountains were a great back drop. This course, like most in this area, is pretty tough. Keep it in the fairways or you are playing in spots you will regret. I recommend this course, but if I could only play 1, it would be Saguaro. Great place but the least friendly staff I dealt with on our 5 course trip.
Staff Friendliness Fair
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Cholla!

Love We Ko Pa, don't feel like the Cholla course gets the love it deserves, Cholla recently underwent renovations which only improved the product. Cholla/We Ko Pa are a must on your next AZ trip.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing

Cholla is fantastic, definitely my fav of the two.

Played both courses on a 36 hole special today....You can't find better public golf conditions anywhere in the valley! Both are gorgeous and there is not one maintainence issue with either. I'm a huge fan of Scott Miller designs and in my opinion the Cholla is a better layout and is far more challenging. The course is a lot tighter and the sight lines from the tee and fairway are more demanding. The greens seem to have more variation as well......I definitely don't agree with the slope ratings being so close to each other....Cholla should be 5 points higher. This course is in my top 5
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Fair
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Cholla is my preferred We-Ko-Pa track

This is a tough golf course, but unlike it's sister course it is fair. Plenty of bunkers, but they are sand, not dirt and they don't have stones in them. The layout will challenge you off the tee & on many of the approach shots. I would definitely play this one again.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Incredible

This course was amazing. It was in beautiful shape and every hole is one of a kind. The greens were rock hard and fast, which is ideal for someone looking for a challenge. Plus, the views are breath taking. This is a must play when going to the Phoenix area.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent

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