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1 Stars
59
Conditions
3.9
Value
3.7
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.1
77.9%
Recommend this course
1633 out of 1881 reviews
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3.6
51 Reviews (51)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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5
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.5
Layout
4.2
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.4
70.6%
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36 out of 51 reviews
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3.9
99 Reviews (99)
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4 Stars
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Conditions
3.7
Value
3.7
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
77.8%
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Resort
Style Traditional
Par 72
Length 7042 yards
Slope 133
Rating 72.2

The Ocotillo Golf Resort sits on 185 acres and features lush contoured fairways that flow gently amid patches of mature trees, vibrant flower beds, pretty waterfalls and numerous lakes.

The Gold nine is a devilish test and not just because water comes into play on six of the holes. The greens have a lot of slope in them and are difficult to read. And some pin placements are brutal; hit a downhill putt two feet past the
hole, and it might roll down into a swale and 30 feet by. Uphill putts, on the other hand, are extremely difficult to get to the hole, if for no other reason than Ocotillo's greens aren't as fast as some of the Valley's marquee desert courses.

Two holes stand out on the Gold: No. 5 is a 212-yard par 3 with water running down the entire left side; and No. 9 is a 468-yard par 4 with a carry over water from the tee -- water that dissects the fairway about 50 yards short of the green and water left to the green. Par there is a great score.

Ocotillo's Blue Course is a watery grave; water comes into play on eight of the nine holes. It's not overly long but there's so much water the length becomes irrelevant. The best hole may be No. 1, a 590-yard par 5. Big hitters are faced with the classic risk-reward: Do they lay-up on their second shot or try to fly a tributary that splits the fairway about 50 yards short of the green?

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Course Details

Year Built 1986
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Ted Robinson, Sr. (1986)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Collared shirt required, no denim

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities, Locker Rooms

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Arizona (2014 #13)

Reviews

4.0
1881 Reviews (1881)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 104
Patio Dining 95
19th Hole Scenic Views 56
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 230
Bunkers 136
Forced Carries 110
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 117
Locals 98
Playing Multiple Courses 83
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 119
Worth the Drive 105
In the 'Burbs 73

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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Do not be fooled, play elsewhere

Trust me when I say this, DO NOT PLAY HERE! Save your $150. Unless you’re over the age of 60 and hit it about 160 off of the tee. Way too many janky holes and layups off the tee (even on multiple par 5’s) I’m talking 7-8 or so holes that you have to lay up off the tee on due to water throughout. Total Mickey Mouse gimmick course. The staff was friendly, was kind enough to charge us $20 for range balls that the starter said were free and clearly were there for everyone. Course conditions were absolutely brutal. Appear to be understaffed outside and overstaffed inside. Bring your hammer for the tee boxes (rock hard no joke) tee boxes were also shaggy and had divots from everyone laying up on every hole. Fairways were also shaggy and lacking attention. The greens rolled ok minus all of the bird poop. Bird poop everywhere, be prepared! I’m a 10 handicap and golf 3 times a week and I never leave reviews or complain. Our entire group felt robbed. $150 per person to play a goat track full of poop. Seriously, save your money and go just about anywhere else for the money.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 02/24/2024

Dear Govers,

Thank you for taking the time to share your visit with us, Ocotillo is a challenging track that requires course management strategies to navigate through all the water. We do apologize for the bird poop in certain locations, the maintenance team is working hard every day to minimize the negative impact to the golf course. I will share your review with the team, and we hope you will give us another chance in the future.

Have a great weekend.

Best,

Jeff Ruedy
Club Manager

Played On
Reviews 9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good course. Lots of water and sand

Fun course! Good shape and good pace despite lots of play. I wouldn't recommend it for beginners because there is a lot of water and sand....unless you bring a snorkel and camel.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 02/24/2024

Dear fishmanjimmye,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us, we are extremely happy to hear about how fun the course is. Help spread the word for Ocotillo Golf Club, don't be a stranger, and we hope to see you again soon.

Best,

Jeff Ruedy
Club Manager

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 02/23/2024

Dear u314164829320,

Thank you for taking the time to share your visit with us. Management loves feedback, if there is anything we could have done better please reach out to jruedy@arcisgolf.com.

We hope to see you again soon. Have a great day.

Best,

Jeff Ruedy
Club Manager

Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

A golfing first

Played this course for the first time. Lots of water but it’s fair. The greens are large and have lots is angulation. The pace on the first nine was slow and a marshal stop by three times to update us. They made a slow group ahead of us speed up and then skip a hole. They were asked to quit after nine holes and refunded their money. We played the second nine in under two hours. I have never played a course where the marshals actually did something for the good of the rest of the players. I would play there again in a heartbeat.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Commented on 02/17/2024

Dear jfway,

Thank you for taking the time to share your visit with us, and we appreciate the kinds comments about our marshals. Help spread the word for Ocotillo, don't be a stranger, and we hope to see you again soon.

Have a great weekend.

Best,

Jeff Ruedy
Club Manager

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 02/20/2024

Dear u314159809520,

Thank you for taking the time to share your visit with us. Management loves feedback, if there is anything we could have done better please reach out to jruedy@arcisgolf.com.

We hope to see you again soon, have a great Tuesday.

Best,

Jeff Ruedy
Club Manager

Played On
Reviews 29
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented on 02/07/2024

Dear kirk63,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Management loves feedback, if there is anything we could have done better please reach out to jruedy@arcisgolf.com.

Don't be a stranger, and we hope to see you again soon.

Best,

Jeff Ruedy
Club Manager

Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 02/03/2024

Dear health27,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. Management loves feedback, if there is anything we could have done better please reach out to jruedy@arcisgolf.com.

We hope to see you again soon. Have a great weekend.

Best,

Jeff Ruedy
Club Manager

Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Commented on 01/31/2024

Dear u000005375969,

Thank you for taking the time for leave a 5-star review. Management loves feedback, if there is anything we could have done better please reach out to jruedy@arcisgolf.com.

Help spread the word for Ocotillo Golf Club, don't be a stranger, and we hope to see you again soon.

Best,

Jeff Ruedy
Club Manager

Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 02/01/2024

Dear Trick1972,

Thank you for leaving a 5-star review. Management loves feedback, if there is anything we could have done better please reach out directly to jruedy@arcisgolf.com.

Help spread the word for Ocotillo Golf Club, don't be a stranger, and we hope to see you again soon.

Best,

Jeff Ruedy
Club Manager

Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Terrible Condition

I've played this course occasionally for over 20 yrs. Ever since Arcis took control of management the course has consistently gotten worse every year. Poorly kept sand traps, dead areas on greens, poor greens keepers, hacked up tee boxes and a driving range with required hitting of lousy quality mats. Several greens were striped with dead kill from leaking mowers and previous pin plugs sinking 1/2" below the putting surface.

They now have ball washers only on select holes and no ball washers on carts.

Simply cheap lousy management and no one seems to care when you bring it up. This course, which USED TO BE one of the premier courses in the area, is now nothing more than a HACKERS OVERPRICED DOG TRACK.

A perfect example of CHEAP ownership. I'll play anywhere else at any price and get a better value. What a waste of a good course design and my 4 hrs.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 01/30/2024

Dear Garygoeman,

Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us, and we are extremely sorry for your day at Ocotillo Golf Club. The maintenance team is working hard every day to improve the playability of the course. I will share your review with the team, we hope you will give us another chance in the future.

Have a great Tuesday.

Best,

Jeff Ruedy
Club Manager

Played On
Reviews 2
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
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Commented on 01/29/2024

Dear mhuntrak,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a 3-star review. Management loves feedback, if there is anything we could have done better please reach out to jruedy@arcisgolf.com.

Have a great start to your week.

Best,

Jeff Ruedy
Club Manager

Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Commented on 01/29/2024

Dear 6053591101,

Thank you for leaving a 5-star review. Ocotillo loves feedback, if there is something we could have done better please reach out to jruedy@arcisgolf.com.

Help spread the word for us, don't be a stranger, and we hope to see you again soon.

Best,

Jeff Ruedy
Club Manager

Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather

Potential for a great course, needs attention for the drive if not close

We played "Blue" and "White". The staff from the pro shop, starter and on course was great! Its important to note that we played in January and our first round of the "Blue" 9 was a bit disappointing as the course was over-run with geese and ducks and their waste. From a design perspective, there were water hazards on many holes which made it fun to navigate, but found that sometimes even driver would get you in trouble with things you could not see from the tee box. The "White" nine holes had many great holes that were fun to play with the best being the 9th or our 18th, with a back to front sloped green that required a carry over water for your second shot if you were able to deliver a good drive down the right side of the fairway.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 01/19/2024

Dear Jathy,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a review, and we are extremely sorry about the bird situation. The maintenance team is working hard every day to minimize the negative impact on the course. I will share your review with the team.

Thank you again, and we hope to see you again soon.

Have a great weekend.

Best,

Jeff Ruedy
Club Manager

Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 01/19/2024

Dear Trick1972,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a 5-star review. Management loves feedback, if there is anything we could have done better please reach out to jruedy@arcisgolf.com.

Help spread the word for Ocotillo, don't be a stranger and we hope to see you again soon.

Have a great weekend.

Best,

Jeff Ruedy
Club Manager

Played On
Reviews 4
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 Good
Amenities Good
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Commented on 01/17/2024

Dear CanDen,

Thank you for leaving a 5-star review, we love feedback, if there is anything we could have done better please reach out to jruedy@arcisgolf.com.

Help spread the word for Ocotillo Golf Club, don't be a stranger and we hope to see you again soon.

Best,

Jeff Ruedy
Club Manager

Played On
Reviews 56
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Target practice - bring balls

Course is a very unique layout with water hazards on virtually every hole - a rarity in Arizona. It's target practice - I hit fairway woods off the tee more than my driver. The white course was very easy - ended up shooting my best score of the year there.

Conditions were typical for this price point in Arizona. Tee boxes were beat up, fairways were sticky painted grass, rough was dry dead grass. The most frustrating thing about the rough was how it wouldn't hold any balls up - ended up losing 2 shots that would have been stopped on courses that maintained their rough. Goose poop all over, tons of birds on this course. Greens were very solid, just full of ball marks.

No GPS in carts. Ball cleaners every ~6 holes. No towels to wash off balls. Practice range was mats only. Our playing partners cart shut off on hole 18 - ran out of battery. No food at the turn - drink cart only had snacks.

The wait at the bag drop was too long. Check in was too long. There was no ranger on the course. The starter doubled as a guy working the bag drop.

We had a frost delay but the course was up front that it would be a ~30 minute delay and we were off maybe 20 minutes after our scheduled tee time. The course was packed and we waited every shot for the group in front of us. Still ended up having a 4:15 round which wasn't terrible.

The course would not give singles their own cart, so I was paired up with a gentleman who would constantly park the cart in front of our playing partners hitting their balls. We had a twilight time and since there was a frost delay, he was always making comments about how we needed to "push the group in front of us" (they were waiting too). He went off on 1 hitting into the group in front of us, and sped down the fairway without waiting for our playing partners to join - causing them to hit into us. Thanks for forcing us to share Ocotillo, really made for a memorable experience.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 01/17/2024

Dear u314161622535,

Thank you for taking the time t share your experience with us, it sounds like we had some opportunities for improvement during your visit. I will share your review with the team, and hope you will give us another chance in the future. If there is anything else you would like to communicate please reach out to jruedy@arcisgolf.com.

Best,

Jeff Ruedy
Club Manager

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
3.0
Previously Played

Water and geese everywhere

While one of the prettiest courses in the area, it is overrun by geese. After the significant number of water hazards, geese are the next biggest challenge. Bird droppings from tee to green. It might be better later in the year, but in January the bird dropping left me feeling dirty.

Conditions Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
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Commented on 01/13/2024

Dear u2961644,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a 3-star review, and we are extremely sorry about the bird challenges at Ocotillo. Our maintenance is working hard every day to minimize the impact of the protected bird species on the golf course. I will share your review with the team, and we hope to see you again soon.

Have a great weekend.

Best,

Jeff Ruedy
Club Manager

Played On
Reviews 118
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Love the course

I love ocotillo. Probably the best winter value in the area. If you are a “sprayer” of the golf ball you may want to go elsewhere. There iw water everywhere. I didn’t count, but probably on 15 or 16 of the 18 holes we played (they have 27 holes). Course was in good condition and pace of play was good. We waited on the group in front of us on every shot of every and still finished in under 4 hours.

Now for the bad - it was cold and windy - 18 MPH wind with gusts up to 25 according to the weather app. It was a difficult day. If it’s reallly windy and you havent played in awhile either: go elsewhere or bring lots of balls. One grandson lost 15 balls and the other about 10. It was a poor choice of course by me for kids that havent played in 6 months…Oh well, it paid for the balls. :)

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 01/13/2024

Dear Corey4652891,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a 4-star review, Ocotillo is a great layout with challenging water obstacles. Add wind to the equation and there is an opportunity for some lost balls. Ultimately we are extremely happy to hear about your love for Ocotillo!

Please help spread the word for us, don't be a stranger and we hope to see you again soon.

Best,

Jeff Ruedy
Club Manager

Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Recommendation

Would have to add that I would recommend only to a low handicap golfer! A difficult course with so much water!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 01/13/2024

Dear 23i7LLF0NpMEpQIB6izn,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a 5-star review, we appreciate all feedback. If there is anything we could have done better please reach out directly to jruedy@arcisgolf.com.

Thanks again, and we hope to see you again soon.

Best,

Jeff Ruedy
Club Manager

Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Commented on 01/11/2024

Dear u314163820608,

Thank you for taking the time to leave a 5-star review, if there is anything we could have done better please reach out to jruedy@arcisogolf.com.

Thanks again, don't be a stranger and we hope to see you again soon.

Have a great day!

Best,

Jeff Ruedy
Club Manager

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