9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, Arizona 85256, US
(480) 850-7777
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About Talking Stick Resort & Casino

Just east of Phoenix-Scottsdale, Talking Stick Resort is owned and operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. It among Arizona's largest golf and casino resorts with nearly 500 guest rooms in a 15-story hotel tower, six restaurants, entertainment and pools. Located off the Highway 101 loop, it is conveniently located near Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and many of the area's best golf courses. In addition to nightlife and live casino action at the resort, A Topgolf was recently added to the property as well. The main outdoor pool is large and has live music and DJs during a summer series and cabanas for rent, while there are two smaller pools. Additional amenities include a spa, fitness center and a complimentary shuttle that can transport guests to area attractions. The golf club is located next door and feature 36 holes designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the Piipash and O'odham. Both golf courses are void of residential development and feature forgiving fairways and greens on native terrain.

Facts

Price Range$$, $$$
Property Class★★★★
Acres350
Year Opened1999
Number of Units300-500

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Bar, Casual, Buffet
Room TypesRoom, Suite
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
CasinoYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No
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Golf courses at Talking Stick Resort & Casino

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4.1
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Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Well conditioned course

This 18 at Talking Stick(North) is a relatively easy course that’s in very good condition. Greens putted true. Bunkers had plenty of sand in them. The fairways are relatively generous and also in excellent condition. The fact that there are no houses along the course and you have wide open vistas to take in makes the experience very enjoyable. Just wish the yardage markers were more noticeable in the fairways. Maybe a small bush or stake for the 150 yard marker and something for the 100.

The range is huge but does lack a practice pitching green/bunker.

All in all a great place to play in the Phoenix area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fast greens

Overall , course is in pretty good shape. Good sand levels in bunkers , fairways could have a bit more grass but good . Greens were extremely fast and pretty brown . Held ok but wow , fast . Like the layout , good value . Will play again

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 75
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Always enjoyable...

Sometimes I forget these courses are here and I get mad at myself for not putting them in a heavier rotation.

We played the south course and it was in great shape. Greens were very quick, firm for sure, but very playable.

The rest of the course was in amazing shape.
The staff was awesome, from check in, to the starter, ranger and beverage cart attendant.

I really enjoy the layout. It is a "resort" course, but not as wide open as some others. Fair but challenging.
Great mix of holes, greens are fairly large and pin placements weren't "boring" but not overly difficult either.

I need to start playing here more often...

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 137
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Arizona Advisor
Top 50 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

sanded greens

The course was in average condition. The greens were sanded so they were very inconsistant. The rest of the course was starting to show some stress from the heat.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0

Golfer

Starter stoped me but would not direct me to the first tee without questioning me as to my name and tee time. My start time was in two minutes and all I wanted to do is arrive in time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Fair
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Decent spot

This is a nice course, sortve repetitive lay outs. The staff Is nice and Helpful but seemed a little chaotic and unorganized. Pace seemed slow but we played 4 hrs 20 mins which is their avg. tons of animal life and the casino is right there for fun after. I’d recommend this course, it’s pricey for what you get but a really forgiving fun course all around!

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 55
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Another Good Day on the Links

Played the Piipaash course and had a wonderful day of golf. Got to play as a single and played right on around in under 4 hours. Greens were firm and fast...so position on greens was important. Have not played this side very often so was not sure of where to play some tee shots, but a good tee shot is rewarded. Will definitely be back to play this course again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good Times

Course is in great shape for the summer. Greens were fast. Pace was normal. Always a great time when I play here.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 43
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 10
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fair test of golf

Nice track that has wide open fairways. I especially liked that there were no houses on the course. The pace of play for a Saturday morning was excellent. We played in just under 4 hours. Green rolled true and there were some tough pin positions.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 28
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Clean your room.

I played Piplash but maybe should have played Zodha

Good layout greens rolled great but needed a little water.

The fairways needed water and a little more grass.

I expected more from Talking Stick.

I’m guessing since it’s the older of the two tracks Piplash is due for a makeover.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Extremely friendly, dealing with COVID well

The staff was great, the pace of play excellent, course in good shape, felt like they were doing a great job COVIDwise. A couple tough par 5s on the back. Odd little rodents are humorous.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 75
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good but not great

I played the North course this time and liked it less than the South. Awful lot of long par 4s that aren't substantially different from my point of view. Only 2 par 5s on the layout. Great price, free range balls to warm up, great staff.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

casual round at Talking Stick

Casual round on the North course. Good conditions.
Staff is friendly except bag boys at end of round.
We left a club headcover and went back within 10 minutes. Staff was rude and did not want to check for it. We went in and found it ourselves.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Easy course

The Couse was is great condition. It was dry but in good condition. It is a very easy course to play and thus the $45 seems double what it should be,

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Better choices available

Although everyone was friendly and my playing partners a delight, the course itself certainly isn't worth the effort. Boring layout offering no trouble with the exception of the greens. The north course is much better but not worth the higher green fees.

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