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4.0
1469 Reviews (1469)
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1 Stars
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Conditions
3.9
Value
3.9
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.3
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.0
83.3%
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3.9
35 Reviews (35)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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Conditions
3.7
Value
3.5
Layout
4.4
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.2
77.1%
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3.9
101 Reviews (101)
5 Stars
35
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
3.8
Value
3.6
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.2
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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
1469 Reviews (1469)

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 228
Bunkers 134
Forced Carries 110
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 116
Locals 97
Playing Multiple Courses 82
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 119
Worth the Drive 104
In the 'Burbs 71

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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

HORRIBLE DO NOT PLAY

I had played this course in the past and it was always ok. A decent pace and different layout, but I will never return here again. I wouldn’t play this course if I got paid the greens fee to play there.

The bad - the course is in horrendous shape. The fairways are all brown where there even is grass, there are large dirt patches in the fairway. Where there is grass it is in a puddle of water.

The pace of play was OVER FIVE HOURS LONG. On top of the course being in garbage shape and there being 19 rangers, the pace was the worst I’ve ever experienced. I would have left had I not been there with other friends. 5 HOUR ROUNDS ON A TUESDAY.

The good - they have great service and many beverage carts.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

What happened to Ocotillo?

The course is in crappy condition. I use to love this course. It was always in great condition when the Troon ran it. It is in poor condition for such a pretty course. Shame on the new owners. Need new green people. I won’t be bringing anyone soon to this course due to the condition the course is in. Please bring it back to it’s glory

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 2
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 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Better in Feb/March

Grass not grown in very well. Wait to play until Feb/March. Problems with duck and goose droppings everywhere.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Goose and tree debris everywhere. Got to the course to find out it’s cart path only

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 53
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Time

From Tee to green it was fantastic!
Excellent conditions, beautiful scenery on every hole.
Greens ran true

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Amazing views, crappy employees

Great course and great views, but man the staff is incredible rude everytime I go. They don’t care about their customers at all. Only thing they care about is money. I get dirty looks all the time for not tipping the employees to clean my clubs. I don’t let them do it. It’s not my responsibility to pay them. The manager is very rude and has no respect for people, one time I was putting at hole on the practice green, and he told me to go somewhere else out of nowhere so I tell him plenty of other holes he could go to to teach his lesson to someone, communicating like a normal person and then he threatens to ban me from the course, not the first time he has acted like that to me or other golfers at the course. Really Wish the employees had more respect for everyone that comes to the course

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 33
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Arizona Advisor
Previously Played

Always a pleasure

It's always a pleasure to play Ocotillo, and today was no exception. I laugh when I read reviews this time of year for poor conditions - when most courses are closed for overseeding, Ocotillo rotates their 3 nines to keep the golf going. Sure the conditions aren't peak season standard, but I guess the complainers would rather not be playing at all. Played nice and quick on a Thurs morning. Actually played the same ball all 18 holes, which shows you can avoid the water if you're careful. Very warm welcome at the bag drop by the youngsters there, unfortunately almost never the same in the Pro Shop. Maybe that's why this 27 hole gem always struggles, the indifference consistently shown inside. But Sheila was great on the drink cart and the course is always fun to play, albeit probably a little pricier than the value suggests. I can't give it a 5-star rating because it just doesn't have that championship feel, but still worth playing from time to time.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 1
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 Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Unfriendly staff

Course was just OK. Layout the same. Pace of play painfully slow. Golf Staff was unfriendly and unhelpful. People at the bar and on-course concession cart were nice. I will not be returning.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
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