Apache Gold Casino Resort
About Apache Gold Casino ResortApache Gold Casino Resort, located an hour's drive east of Phoenix-Scottsdale near the southeast edge of the Tonto National Forest, is owned by the San Carlos Apache Tribe. Apache Stronghold Golf Course, designed by architect Tom Doak, is located on the property. Other nearby attractions are the Picke Post Mansion and Boyce Thompson Arboretum, as well as Miami and Globe, two western boomtowns from the 19th century. The hotel features 145 guest rooms and suites, and amenities include an outdoor pool, fitness center and nightclub.
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For this time of the year when fairways in the mountains are dormant the greens are in great shape. The Greens really held approach shots.
Excellent layout. Too bad course has no maintenance. No green grass to be found. Fairways and greens all dead bermuda. No wonter seed planted. Bunkers have little sand. This course has the potential to be excellent but with no care from management down this course is in horrible shape. Really sad.
Course is great layout
Needs different grass on fairways. Needs a food service. Use to have water available on the carts and on the course. Both gone now.
The course is still improving. Not bad for winter conditions, but water for the golfers on the course would be helpful.
Very friendly staff, fairways are in pretty poor shape
Very friendly staff, fairways are in pretty poor shape As are a a lot of the greens
Apache Stronghold ok - enjoyable
Love course layout. Natural desert type course. Needs some tender loving care. Not place to golf if you enjoy relaxing after your round with your playing partners and a beer or two. “clubhouse” was closed when we completed our round and were only cars remaining.... almost appeared that person came back to golf course to put our two carts up for the day.
This course has a beautiful setting. However, it needs new grass, improved bunkers and at least some gravel on cart paths. Employees are friendly and worth going to at least once maybe. A few more signs to help direct hole to hole would be an improvement. Unfortunately, the management switched the hole numbers and they no longer line up with any GPS. However, to compensate they do have GPS in the carts.
Love the layout but....
The course has a real strong layout and it very scenic. The staff is outstanding and the course just excites you with it's architecture and vistas. But you need to put aside your need for pristine conditions and enjoy the course.
There is no over seeding, other than the tees. The greens putt true and are of average speed. The fairways are dormant and the bunkers are well, abysmal. There is no 19th hole and no water on the course.. The greens are over watered and that creates some very soft conditions short of the green.
But, the course is fun and the holes are well designed and a joy to play. There were 12 of us and we had a great time. We thought the greens were fine, the views were solid and the course layout was outstanding. We all agree that we would be back and accepting of the conditions. Make the drive and give it a try.
I can see efforts of improvements and hope this continues. The Tom Doak design is a hidden gem. Turf conditions could use some attention especially with the over watering of the greens and approaches. There is no bouncing the ball onto the greens with the wetness. Greens putt surfaces have shown improvement and roll nicely. Rudy from outside services is one of a kind and is a real plus to the operation. Cristina is the GM and has a great vision for the course. Keep up the good work.
Apache Stronghold November
Played 18 through golfnow for $25, regular green fees are $45 at the moment. Course was cart path only due to the recent rain so course was muddy. Fairways are turning yellow but the greens were ok and rolled fine. The course itself is challenging with strategic corners and angles, carts have gps. Keep it in the fairway and you’ll be ok. Par 3s appeal to all skill levels and are fun. The negatives is that they do not offer complementary water bottles on the course and their snack back / bar is closed right now..
This is a great course. Today the fairways were wet in many places. Made for mud on ball most to the time. Greens were very good. Sand traps were typical Arizona, terrible. Staff weas very friendly and helpful.
Stronghold has a great design! Such a shame that it is not kept up. All but one green were quick and fairly smooth. For $30, I think it is a good value but you probably need to move the ball in the fairway. Last, driving range was closed and it is a fairly common occurrence.
Good Course with Average Maintenance
Good course design overall.
Greens are getting better but still need more work.
The weeds and bushes in front of the tee boxes need to be cut immediately, as they represent an unintended hazard that interferes with drives! Some are over five feet high.
Has potential but...
This course has so much potential, seriously this course could be one of the best in the state, and from what I’ve read and heard from friends they are improving the course conditions but some areas need work especially in regards to water drainage which leads to some muddy fairways and greens. The greens could use some more work as some spots are bald while the other end of the same green it’s a swamp. The fairways are pretty much the same way, but all in all it’s not bad just needs some more TLC, and I believe if they continue to improve the course the people will come, as golf seems to be enjoying a resurgence
Okay now to my biggest gripe, they no longer offer water on the course and charge a ridiculous $1 per water bottle fee, also there is no ball washers and sand to repair divots. The no water available thing really makes me angry as all courses I’ve been to offer water in some form or another. Apparently this is from the new supervisor. In short it’s far too hot to not at least offer water. Its really ridiculous. Also the snack bar was closed, which i understand because there was no one playing besides me and another group way ahead myself. I feel they should maybe add some vending machines that would be at least something. The bathrooms were nice and stocked and clean so no complaints there. My suggestion, at the very least bring back water on the course and ball washers. You do that and I bet your reviews would improve at least in that regard.
The layout is whats worth the play here, the Tom Doak design is truly beautiful and very very challenging that rewards good shots and makes you eat the bad ones, the elevated tee boxes were cool and the gps carts help you on all tee and approach shots. The layout is excellent and because no one else really was playing, the pace was perfect which allowed me to enjoy the scenery and wonder and dream of this course fully returning to it’s former glory which i imagine when it first opened must of been something to behold.
The staff was friendly and the guy that brought me the cart was cool, he went out of his way to bring me a bucket of ice for my cart cooler which was a nice touch.
I will play again and will recommend to friends but I will warn them ahead of time of the water situation.
Fix the greens, fairways and bunkers, and offer basic amenities for a good price and I promise this place will turn around.
So Much Potential
We’ve been playing this course since it opened years ago. It used to be a very nice course. The layout and staff are great. But the course management leaves way too much to be desired. Little by little, this course is catering less and less to the golfers that love to play here. First, all the ball washers were removed, then no sand on the cart to repair divots, then the overwatering that makes playing a muddy mess, then restricting players from teeing off early when no one is on the course, then neglecting to have real sand in the sand traps (concrete traps is a better description),, then no longer offering drinking water on the course (this is a desert course, for Pete’s sake!!), then charging 10 cents a tee for tees that were previously free, then not having the snack bar/restaurant open. I could go on. We do love playing on this wonderfully layed out course. And we do sympathize with the wonderfully friendly, accommodating staff. But the poor management is making it hard for us to enjoy our round.
Bet it was nice, once
I am so mixed about how I feel about this course. The layout was absolutely awesome. Elevated tee boxes, gorgeous views. But this place needs some real love. The fairways are currently dormant Bermuda. Bunkers haven't had sand in them in a decade. Only reason why I said I would recommend to a friend is because I will probably play the course again when the Bermuda is green again. Staff was very friendly
worth the drive
played for second time, cold windyday. This course although in a bit rough shape and very wet is a hidden gem. For a low handi-cap it is a really well layed out golf course. Conditioning is hurting due to location and no over seeding for winter.
All in worth the drive and to play. bring your A game.
Weather related bad condition
Called course to check conditions we’re told all was fine not cart path only we got there and we’re told it was cart path. Only and discovered that the course should have closed water over our shoes in most places only tried to play a few holes had to quit no compensation from the course bad experience !