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3.9
473 Reviews (473)
5 Stars
138
4 Stars
226
3 Stars
71
2 Stars
28
1 Stars
10
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.4
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.2
79.0%
Recommend this course
400 out of 473 reviews
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3.8
37 Reviews (37)
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
5
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.5
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
81.1%
Recommend this course
30 out of 37 reviews
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3.7
77 Reviews (77)
5 Stars
23
4 Stars
29
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
6
Conditions
3.5
Value
3.2
Layout
4.1
Pace
3.6
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.4
75.3%
Recommend this course
58 out of 77 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Municipal
Style Traditional
Par 72
Length 7333 yards
Slope 130
Rating 75.0

Papago Golf Course is conveniently situated just a few minutes from downtown Phoenix though you would never be able to tell with the peace and seclusion provided by the course's location in Papago Park. The golf course sits at the base of Papago Buttes, past the rugged red rocks you can see Phoenix skyline. The course was designed by William Francis Bell, whom you may know for Torrey Pines in San Diego. The challenging layout features undulating greens framed with strategically placed bunkers and subtle but tricky mounding. Water hazards appear on a few holes as well. It's a tough but straightforward layout that is still playable for a range of skill levels. Since opening in 1963, Papago has hosted numerous events including the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship and Phoenix Open Qualifying.

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Course Details

Year Built 1963
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS No
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

Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Food & Beverage

Bar

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

  • Golf Advisor: Top 25 College Courses in the U.S. (2020 #23)

Reviews

3.9
473 Reviews (473)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 18
19th Hole Scenic Views 7
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 72
Undulating Greens 50
Plays Long 49
This course/club is great for:
Locals 66
Advanced Golfers 56
Walkers 55
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 84
Near the Airport 76
Near Local Attractions 36

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Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Nice course, but ...

Course layout and conditions were nice. Played the round in 4hrs 15mins. Only issue I had was that a large bucket of balls cost near $17.00 and the course charged me another $8.00-9.00 in fees that I believe I paid for through my Golfnow booking.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Phoenix must play course

Course is in great shape! Your driver better be on point, otherwise it’ll be a long day. Definitely a challenging course. Water stations are a plus, and for those who need other items the beverage carts are there.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 100
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great spot!

Played Papago for the first time since they renovated and it was a treat! The clubhouse and facilities are now top notch! All the staff was amazing as well! The greens were very lush and rolled great which is tough for this time of year in Phoenix. Great spot to play!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
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3.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 8
Skill Advanced
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1.0
First Time Playing

Horrid Shape

The conditions are awful here. Would not advise playing until they get it figured out.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Good summer condition!

Greens were quick for what I expected in the middle of summer. Also more play on a Monday AM than I expected. It was a little pricey, but oh well. Course was a good challenge from the blacks.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 35
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good value with city card

Don't listen to the super negative comments: it's summer conditions in Phoenix. Every course has areas where the grass isn't great. Papago is doing their best, clearly watering, and there's plenty of sand in the deep bunkers which is a huge plus as there are a lot of bunkers. With the City of Phoenix card, it's a good value for the summer.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Great Course! Poor Conditions

First time playing here. Loved everything about this course except for the condition. Some areas were burnt, some areas were flooded, literally no happy medium here. Also, the greens were bumpy and atrocious.

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

Beautiful course. Had a 25 minute delay because of a mechanical problem., they had to water the course so grass and bunkers were soggy. I know… you’re not to hit in the bunkers but hey it happens to the best. But otherwise enjoyable place.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 51
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Really?

I heard so much about this course. It was a nice course-but for the money, there are better values. Nice practice facility and club house-but a lot of brown patches on fairways and work around the greens. I hope ASU has a great golf season.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played

Disapointing

I played this course same time last year, it was in absolute pristine conditions. Today was horrific. Greens aren't really playable, with how much ground under repair they currently have this course shouldn't even be open for public tee times. This was a course I have spoken highly in the passed bu there are no excuse for the conditions of this place. Very disappointing expierience.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Not as great as usual but still good

Probably the worst Papago conditions I've played in but they still weren't bad, I'm just used to this place being perfect conditions even during the summer. A little expensive if you don't have the city card, but would still recommend.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Previously Played
Used cart

Worse shape I've ever seen

We have been playing Papago in the summer for decades. There were 6 of us that played on June 25 and we all were very disappointed. Every green was blighted with large areas of some sort of malady that created pock like areas. We had to lift and place balls so we could actually put, but some greens were so bad you couldn't find a clear spot to put. A number of greens had large areas where the turf adjacent to the greens had been scalped down a couple of inches. Other areas had been sodded, but done poorly and not watered. On top of that, they had aerated the course. When we called to make the tee time no one mentioned there was an issue. The head pro or director of golf is always visible and greeting golfers, but not this day. I'm sure he did not want to face the music.
Over the past 10 years or so the course was always in pristine condition this time of year and we asked what the change was. The gentleman in the golf shop told us the A.S.U. golf coach wanted his own guy in as course superintendent, so they let the other guy go.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great layout

Always a fantastic day playing here. Greens had been punched recently and they were doing significant work around multiple greens on the back nine, but the work has to get done at some point. Great track, especially for the money.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Aeration made putting tough although I knew they had going in. Otherwise course in good shape thought they could have charged less due to aeration

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