5350 E Marriott Dr., Phoenix, Arizona 85054, US
(480) 293-5000
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About JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

The JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is among the largest golf resorts in Arizona with 865 guest rooms and suites. It is an amenity of the next door Wildfire Golf Club, home to two full-length, 18-hole golf courses designed by Nick Faldo and Arnold Palmer. The resort features five pool areas, including a lazy river and water slide, as well as more exclusive and quiet Griffin Bay pool area. There is also a fitness center, full-service Revive Spa and tennis courts. Managed by Marriott Golf, there is a kids program and kids play golf free at Wildfire Golf Club with a paid adult.

Facts

Price Range$$$, $$$$
Property Class★★★★
Acres300
Year Opened2002
Number of Units500+

Amenities

RestaurantsBar, Fine, Casual, Buffet
Room TypesRoom, Suite
PoolAdults Only
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

Reviews

4.6
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Reviews 68
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Fantastic Experience, AGAIN.

Well was grouped up with Wonderful Folks, a couple of "Humboldters" and a member of the club from Toronto, excellent People that really added to the day ! The Faldo course is certainly the Tougher of the 2 courses and tee to green the condition is Good but was surprised with the bunkers (and there are PLENTY) that they are in BRUTAL shape, hardly any real sand in nearly ALL of them !
The green complexes are difficult with plenty of undulation and tiers making them a Chalkenge. The speed was nice & rolled smooth but didn't seem to roll out as much as I've seen inthe past, the fairways in prime shape too.
A shout to Justin and Jacob with 0utSide service for being trully cordial and attentive that certainly makes gettin'2 WildFire GC Golf to look 4ward to -B Well.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 172
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Arizona Advisor
Verified Purchaser
Top 25 Contributor
Previously Played

Always Great

I have reviewed this course before. One of two courses at Wildfire, it is the ‘tamer ‘ of the two. With more traditional bunkering and a more straightforward layout, it affords the average player a more manageable course as compared to Faldo—the other course. Both are great courses, always in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Excellent

What a great course. Greens were excellent and ran true. Fairways were in nice shape. The conditions were windy which made the course a little harder.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice course staff friendly for the most part one of minor staff complained about towel not put were he wanted when we were crossing over.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 60
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Lots of sand traps,greenside bunkers needed sand. Don't recommend if you are higher then a 15 handicap.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Given the current corona virus, staff at the bag drop should not be spitting on the ground. It is always unpleasant, but especially unacceptable at this time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 31
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Sand traps everywhere

Beautiful layout and excellent condition. You must bring your A game and be able to hit high approach shots to hold these greens. Sand traps galore surrounding every green. Found some traps had little sand so blading a good possibility. GPS equipped carts really helped but miss hit shots usually brings a bogie or worse. Challenging course to say the least.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Wildfire golf course Palmer

Had a nice day of play pace was moving good course was in great shape

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 77
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Typical AZ Resort desert course

The friendliest staff ever. Got me out early with one(!) other player(former PGA Pro). We zoomed around in 3 hours. Course is in excellent shape. Greens are perfect.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

My my! $200 a round and NO bunker sand

Sand is gravelly. More like surrounding desert. Layout of Faldo course could use updating.
Why charge the high price when range is limited and some T's at not accessable so the LPGA players due in 3 weeks can be presented with pristine T boxes. Played blue/white combo and many holes have been shortened be having no access to normal blue or white T's. BOO

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 36
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 33
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Near perfection

The only reason it's not a 5 is it's not bent grass wall to wall like say Desert Springs or Rams Hill. Plays awesome greens were at about an 11 but very firm.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Palmer Wildfire 02 03 2020

It was a partly cloudy day with wind from 3 to 20 mph and a high of 60. By the time we left 18's green we were very cold and ready to find a warm place to recover. The course was in very good shape, greens were firm and fast, bunkers had plenty of sand and the staff was wonderful. The starter did a great job of managing our start time which conflicted with a group of members. We had fun and enjoyed the day.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Sand Not Even Reasonable

This is a Faldo course that has 108 bunkers. The staff, greens, fairways were very nice. The bunkers were in poor condition with very little sand. This was the case in all nine times are group was in a bunker. The greenside bunkers were the worst. Before the LPGA event in March they will add sand and they should have done some long ago. In this condition not worth the time or money.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 48
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful course, nice layout, fast midweek

2nd time I have played this course and fell in love with it again. I love it even more when I cna get a free round which was the case today and the only reason to avoid this place is if you are on a tight budget. Highly recommended

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Will play here again

Good layout in great condition with very good service.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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