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4.2
1028 Reviews (1028)
5 Stars
530
4 Stars
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3 Stars
91
2 Stars
33
1 Stars
18
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.0
86.5%
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925 out of 1028 reviews
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3.6
128 Reviews (128)
5 Stars
38
4 Stars
42
3 Stars
23
2 Stars
13
1 Stars
12
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.8
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
74.2%
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95 out of 128 reviews
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4.0
260 Reviews (260)
5 Stars
105
4 Stars
89
3 Stars
35
2 Stars
16
1 Stars
15
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.0
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.4
80.8%
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210 out of 260 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
1028 Reviews (1028)

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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First Time Playing -- WOW!!

This course is fantastic. It was right after over seed, so it was cart path only, but our 4-some played in just less than 4 hours. The landing zones are very generous. The conditions were phenomenal and the greens (I wish I knew the type of grass) were beautiful and smooth as can be. The views are tremendous. I rarely do golf course reviews, but this course is now in my Top 3 of courses I have played here and I've lived here for almost 5 years. I can't wait to play it again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 1
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5.0
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Great Spot

Great condition, cart path only but perfect shape. Greens are perfect, staff is awesome, good value, will play again

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 27
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Setting Up for Overseed

First Troon course with bare spots on several greens. Normally Troon courses are always in excellent shape. Bunkers were rough and very hard but understandable with the transition to overseed starting the next day. Cart guys very helpful and nice. Played in about 4:20 which was ok - own group a little slow. Really nice course with some great finishing holes.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Improved Greens

Last May I played with a guest, and the greens were disappointing. Today it rolled true!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Perfect weather
Used cart

Tres Rios North

What a major disappointment! This course used to be top notch-was actually my favorite. If this is a Troon course, shame on them. I’m not complaining about the fairways-they were brown and hard, but understandable since they are over seeding next week. But the rest of the course is terrible. Sand traps have not been maintained, greens are still bad, although I guess they have improved ( which is a sad commentary), cart paths are in need of repair, women’s tee boxes seem to be an afterthought…even our cart sucked. Barely crept along. I saw 2 carts being towed in even before we started our round. Nobody was there to greet us or load our bags when we arrived, and nobody there to help when we finished. The only pleasant part of the day was the starter, John. Shout out to him for giving us one positive thing to say! Don’t waste you money on this course…even at $49, it was overpriced.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

time of year

having played course on previous trips to valley was slightly disappointed in condition. understanding seasonal changes and knowing course was ready to be closed for overseed, still . some of the greens had bare patches, have not experienced that before when playing. also, sand traps, not that you should be in them ;) , are need of work.

Conditions Fair
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice place, slow pace, meh price

This was the first time that I had played Estrella. I had an idea that this course was going to play slowly. Everyone I have spoken to told me that the marshals do not enforce any pace of play and they were correct. We jammed up around a 8 & 9 and we jammed up on the entire back nine. When the 80 year old Marshall came driving by I mentioned it. He asked me how things were going and I said it it would be a whole lot better if the guys in front of us would speed up a little bit. He replied by saying have a good day and drove away. I guess that’s all you need to know about pace of play here so prepare for a long round bring a snack and enjoy the views I guess.

The price was 55 bucks for around that started at 10 o’clock which it’s neither good nor bad for what you’re getting. The condition of the course was interesting. The fairways and the fringe were fine but they had these big brown holes on The greens. If you get behind one of those on a putt you were dead in the water. In general, the greens were not in great shape and that was disappointing.

At the starters window and where we collected our cart they were very friendly and nice so that was OK. As far as the amenities, there was no cart girl on the course so that makes it a little tough to enjoy a round when you can’t have a beer or two on a 100 degree day.

Overall I rated this a three out of five stars and that seems fair.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 22
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Awesome

Perfect round of golf. Staff was friendly and accommodating. Played with a couple of the local residents. Great people. Worth the drive. Will definitely be back again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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