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4.2
1080 Reviews (1080)
5 Stars
553
4 Stars
375
3 Stars
98
2 Stars
35
1 Stars
19
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.1
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.0
86.2%
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971 out of 1080 reviews
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4.1
103 Reviews (103)
5 Stars
46
4 Stars
38
3 Stars
11
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
5
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.1
Layout
4.5
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.3
86.4%
Recommend this course
89 out of 103 reviews
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3.9
261 Reviews (261)
5 Stars
96
4 Stars
93
3 Stars
40
2 Stars
16
1 Stars
16
Conditions
3.7
Value
3.9
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.4
80.1%
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209 out of 261 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Desert
Par 72
Length 7139 yards
Slope 137
Rating 73.0

Golf Club of Estrella is the very first golf course on a daily-fee basis to be designed by Jack Nicklaus II in Phoenix, where it makes its home in the master-planned community Estrella, and offers 18 holes of par-72 championship golf over 7,102 unique yards. The many tests of the golf course will impress every level of golfer - though a choice of tee sets ensures no one will get in over his or her head. Desert and wash spaces require golfers to vary their shots while they take in vistas from the fairways shaped to the contour of the land and framed in the Sierra Estrella Mountains.

A round of golf at the Golf Club Estrella kicks off on Morning Star, a par 4 that measures 359 yards from the black tees. If you stick to the black tees, you'll need to conserve your energy for The Arroyo, the 16th hole, a par 5 that measures 605 yards. After that, Evening Star, the 18th hole, will be a relative breeze, at par 4 and just 437 yards from the black teees.

Once the round of golf at the Golf Club of Estrella is over, head back to the Player's Grill Restaurant for American pub fare and Southwestern snacks.

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Course Details

Year Built 1999
Fairways TiffDwarf Grass
Greens TiffDwarf Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Nicklaus, Jr. (1999) Phil Smith (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Visa, Discover, MasterCard, American Express
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared shirt required, no denim

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Banquet Facilities

Accolades

Reviews

4.2
1080 Reviews (1080)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 41
Patio Dining 33
19th Hole Specials 16
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 104
Forced Carries 68
Elevation Changes 54
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 74
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 64
Locals 52
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 95
In the 'Burbs 45
Convenient to the City 17

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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice Layout

This is a nice course in a nice community. Nice views of the mountains from almost every hole. Fairways were nice . Tee boxes could be made more level or the set up guys/gals should keep the tee markers away from the uneven areas. Greens rolled very quick and true.

Besides the tee box issue, several spots along a few of the fairways had very soggy areas; most likely water leak issues. Almost every green had an area that appeared to be a fungus where there were literally bare spot(s). Such a shame as the rest of the greens area was extremely well manicured and as I mentioned above they were firm, fast and true. There was very little sand in the bunkers (1-2” at most)?

So great layout but needs the issues above corrected before I would pay $100 for a twilight rate again.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Jeff From.Canada

Great course, friendly staff, yardage a bit hard to determine as markers were grown over.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 18
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 14
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

parman

very good and long course hard sand in some traps no bounce and roll on fairways troon course hard fast greens

Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Wonderfull

Beautiful course. Fantastic views from all over the course ! Guarded greens on almost every hole with tough bunkers. Would recommend this as "must play" course if you are visiting the Phoenix area.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Estrella

For this class of golf course several greens are in very poor shape and sand in the traps are rocky and hard.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played

Too wet! Little to no sand in bunkers

This was my third time playing Estrella, some of the worst conditions I’ve seen it. The course has a great layout, but the conditions have gone downhill significantly. The course was way too wet, Where there were significant rutting due to golf carts going through wet areas. Lots of plug lies, and watched players drive ball straight into the ground.

Other area were in disrepair from too much traffic. Should be roped off so grass can grow back.

Sand traps were barren, need to spend a few bucks and top them up. Hard to make shots when your wedge is bouncing off the hard pack underneath.

Time to fire your greens keeper and find someone who knows how to look after your course. Very disappointed from my hour drive to what should be one of the nicer golf courses in the area.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

It was a warm day

And the sun was out! Weather was great, my group was friendly. As a woman playing as a single- it is always nice to have polite and fun men to play a round with! I paid $136 for a round of 18.

The fairways were nicely kept.
Greens- some were good others need some major work
Bathrooms, a plenty around the course!
Carts- surprisingly the do not have GPS! For the price it cost, it should have!

Bring your own water, towels and tees.

I recommend this course- but the price is steep.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Pretty good course!

Pretty good track especially during busy season. Prices weren’t ridiculous. Some very cool holes mixed amongst others that were just average. I’d certainly recommend for those looking for a good value!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Winter golf

Generous landing areas in the fairways. Forced carries on par fives and into greens make for a challenging and interesting experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a month
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Perfect weather
Used cart

Dismayed

We drove about 45 minutes across town to play this course. Once we arrived, we and a few others were told there was a 15 minute frost delay. Once we paid, then we found out it was 50 minutes. This wasn't just our group hearing 15 minutes, other groups heard them say that. I feel they said 15 minutes so we would pay first, then be stuck playing. Not blaming them at all for the frost delay itself, just the terrible communication.

Obviosuly as a result of the delay, it was backed up terribly. The course was ok at best. The staff didn't seem to care for us young folks to be there. I'm 43 and felt out of place! Won't be coming back.

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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