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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Worth the Drive
Never real busy, play at your own pace. Plenty of bottled drinking water and really nice staff.
The staff could not have been any nicer or accommodating. The course on the other hand needs a lot of TLC. There were many places on the course that were just swampy. You could not walk in it was so much mud. The fairways that were not swampy were ok to play.
I'm sorry you did not enjoy your round. There are a few fairways on the course, in particular #3, #4, #9, #15 & #16 where we have overseeded some of our weaker areas. Those fairways are still wetter than normal because we are growing in the overseed. We started cutting back on the water on 10/24 and the problem is disappearing.
Beautiful course with elevation changes and gorgeous views- Interesting holes - greens held very well - enough dryness on long holes to get some roll with more moisture on several narrower holes to keep ball in play - Excellent value and staff is very accommodating - even with an 80 mile drive a 2 3/4 hr.18 hole round kept it within a reasonable time frame, compared with more expensive lower quality courses in the Metro area.
Going down hill
I really don't like leaving bad reviews but this course has some problems right now. The greens have had a problem recently and several (if not all) had badly damaged areas. Some were under repair most not. Huge areas of rough bare spots and some had what looked like divots. The tee boxes were overgrown and in need of a good mowing. The fairways were just ok. Were there was grass it was in good shape but there were several areas of bare spots. We traveled from Gilbert through road construction almost 2 hours both ways so to find it in this shape did not make me happy.
I am sorry you had a bad experience. As previously explained, we lost irrigation capability for about three weeks this summer and the course suffered badly. That problem has been corrected and we are working hard to repair areas where we lost grass. I wish it could happen overnight, but it can't. With regard to the tees, they have recently been overseeded and we had to let them grow a little shaggy for germination. Now they have germinated we have cut them and they are looking good. I realize this explanation does not help the experience you had but I would hope you give us another chance. We are working hard on bringing the course back, but it will take time, effort and money on our part and some patience from our golfers. But rest assured, we are our worst critics and are working hard on correcting our problems.
A once very nice golf course is being allowed waste away. Albeit they have had some problems with weather, there is no excuse not to dress the greens, remove gouges on them and to service the sand bunkers bunkers. Some teeing areas were as bad as the rough for lack of mowing. Maybe greed is taking the place of maintenance. If improvements are not made, the course will soon be unfit for play. Shame!
I'm sorry you had a bad round of golf. As you know from the signs posted in the Golf shop, we have just finished aerating and topdressing greens and they have not fully recovered. We also overseeded our tees last week which prevents us from cutting them until germination occurs. We are scheduled to start reducing the height of cut on the 26th. Our bunkers are our next project. Rest assured, "greed" is not taking place; in fact, we cut our green fees in half during this period because of the weather, aerating and overseeding. We were rated by GolfWeek Magazine as the 17th Best Course You Can Play in Arizona last year and fully expect to reach the same, or higher, rating again this year.
Well a lot of the reviews are spot on!!!! First the check in was a complete hassle as we had a 11:30 am tee time but since we were staying at the hotel we checked their tee sheet and they were wide open so we went early (9:30) and the lady at the desk said we couldn't tee off since we already booked our tee time for 11:30. So long story short we went and talked to Rudy the outside service guy and what an outstanding job and service he provided us and let us go out early. It's a real shame as this course needs more people like Rudy!!!! Course layout was great with lots of choices for shots. Now to the ugly part. Fairways were in really bad shape lots of bare spots. Tee boxes were a joke with grass ( 4" tall) weeds and bare spots some boxes you couldn't even see the tee markers because the grass was so high!!!!!! Greens had a lot of bare spots which is a shame because the bent rye grass greens when taken care of properly are the best. Bunkers were full of weeds and not kept up at all. It's really a shame that they are not taking care of this course as it would be a great track and attract more golfers. Overall we loved the layout of the course it's just a shame that the Indian tribe doesn't take care of what treasure they have!!!!!!! Overall save your money and time driving here and play somewhere else.
We have to acknowledge you comments about the condition of the course. We have been through a tough summer where we lost the ability to properly irrigate for over three weeks. Obviously, that severely impacted our conditions. We have since corrected the problems and expect to have the course back in good condition by October. In the meantime, we have dropped our green fees by fifty percent to compensate for the conditions. Please bear with us...we were rated the 17th best course you can play in Arizona last year and fully expect to regain that status again.
From the pure layout standpoint, I love this course. It has great views and wide fairways. I've gone up there (from Phoenix) a couple times a year for many years. You're right about Rudy. He is a GREAT guy and will treat you the best. The shame is always the condition of the course. It can be great with perfect greens and then it can be as you described. Spotty fairways, rough, rumbling fairways, too long grass, standing water (in a desert), traps can be overgrown - I just throw my ball out. Tom Doak was the designer, and shows. Just too bad they can't seem to take care of it. I can ignore the problems and just enjoy the views, the wide fairways (no houses because this is on the Apache reservation), just pure beautiful Sonoran Desert, play winter rules plus and I enjoy myself thoroughly. I admit I took a country club lady there once, extolling the virtues of the course, and she was less than impressed. I still love the course.
The course was not as good of shape as it has been but they advised they had a water problem and we're working on it
Yes, unfortunately we have had a serious irrigation problem We are working hard at correcting the problem and anticipate a full recovery. In the meantime, we have discounted our regular green fees 50%.
Yes, unfortunately we have had an irrigation issue that has caused some areas of the course to be dry and yellow. We are working very hard at correcting the issue and anticipate a full recovery. In the meantime, we have implemented a 50% discount to our regular green fees.
Course was a little rough. Could have been in better condition. Layout though is fantastic. If there was more spent on the up keep you can see where it was once rated in the top 75 public courses in the US. Staff were very friendly. Great day over all.
Play it again, Sam
Love this course! Very few issues, mostly with water? (A bit over watered in a few places) Also has a fungal problem on a few greens, but still roll true. Driver isn't needed on a couple of holes, but good placement does help. A great layout, with a few uphill shots that can challenge you. Hit um hard and keep um straight!
I should have known it would be rustic when I was told "the 1st tee is down through the wash and don't give up you'll come to them eventually". The course is rough and not well layed out or marked. It is scenic but not worth the long drive from the Phoenix area.
I'm sorry we didn't meet your expectations. Mr Doak designed the course to be "rustic" and not another "cookie cutter" design. We do, however, recognize there is room for improvement and are working to make the course better. We have also installed GPS in our carts to provide exact yardages and have, accordingly, reduced or eliminated much of the artificial markings that take away from the natural beauty of the course.
Out of the way....but fun
What a fun course.....
Painted fairways....who cares, they held the ball well.
Out of the way....who cares, it was a blast.
Fuzzy tee-boxes....who cares, they were workable.
Strong mixes drinks....who cares because I needed it.
If you ever want to get away, Apache Stronghold is the place to go. It was quite a drive from the west valley, but worth it. Every golfer in the valley should make the trip at least once. The layout was great. The layout was fun. It was like we were the only people on the course.
Have you ever just stopped in the middle of a hole and observed the course around you?
Have you ever just stopped in the middle of a hole and listened to nature?
Feel free my friends because we didn't have anyone within 3-4 holes of us. It was great, just us and golf course....as it should be.
I enjoy it because it was out in the desert with no houses very quiet easy to get around very relaxing
A great course and conditions improving
If it was in good condition, this course would very possibly be the best public course in Arizona. It's just a spectacular routing with a wonderful mix of challenging holes, holes where you can score, holes that just make you laugh with delight, and greens that can confound and reward in equal measure.
As to the conditions, you have to know what you're getting. It wasn't so long ago that it looked as if this wonderful track was going to disappear and be reclaimed by the desert. The bunkers have all been restored with good sand and are in good condition. Tee boxes are scruffy in places but level and play well. The greens roll well with the exception that there are places where the grass has not yet come back. They keep the holes away from those locations; accept it and play around as necessary, if one such area should get in your way.
I played in early March. At this elevation, the grow-in hadn't quite come back yet so we were still playing dormant and painted fairways, but these conditions were actually ideal (the paint helps define the holes, but the dormant grass is an excellent and firm surface, ideal for the course). I have played in the summer when the fairways are excellent.
The layout of the course was good, with lots of great holes!! This was our first time at Apache Strongold. The course will require some clean up along its golf cart paths. The day we played it was extremely windy...it would be nice to play at another time of the year.
Thank you for your comments. One of the features of the high desert are the occasional windy days which can, even with our generous fairways, make for a very challenging round. Please do come back and try us again.
Improving every time we play.
This course is getting better every time we play. Greens have always been awesome and now the fairways, bunkering etc. are improving. This is a real gem that is always fun to play. Recommend playing from appropriate tees for more enjoyment. 7500 yards is only for a small percentage of players. Rudy simply is an amazing staff member who could be one of the best outside services staff I have ever met. He is beyond great and a true ambassador to Apache Stronghold.
We greatly appreciate your comments. We are working hard to make Apache Stronghold the best golf experience in the Southwest.
Amazing views. Fun course to play. Would recommend it as great value for the money.
And we will continue to get better! Promise!
A little rough but a lot of fun
When checking in the staff gets 12 out of 10. More than friendly and helpful. Got there early to use driving range, which was included!! Course condition was a little rough. Looked like the fairways were painted green. No biggie for us, we were not to concerned. The course plays very long, Very Long. The greens were decent and played very fast. The views are amazing and we had a lot of fun. Only downside was not much to eat at the turn, and the staff inside there a little on the rude side. I am looking forward to going back, but only if I can find another deal like I did this time.
Thank you for your comments. We take them very seriously. We recognize our snack bar is limited and hope to change that in the future. And, yes, the fairways are painted. Rather than overseeding we chose this to keep our rates down and greatly reduce our water usage. But, dormant bermudagrass is a great surface to hit off of...better than overseeding!
Beautiful day of golf
The course is getting better each year and the design is fun and challenging. The greens are in great shape and for winter conditions the fairways played great. The carts have GPS and they are very helpful, because of all the blind shots.
This golf course is challenging, great views,elevations. Great layout overall. Recommended several times to people.
Thank you for your comments and your recommendations. Golf Week Magazine ranked our course as the #16 Public access course in Arizona in their December 2015 issue as well as one of the 10 Best Kept Secrets. You now know why!