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4.0
413 Reviews (413)
5 Stars
120
4 Stars
204
3 Stars
60
2 Stars
25
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.9
Value
3.8
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.3
83.7%
Recommend this course
355 out of 413 reviews
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4.0
28 Reviews (28)
5 Stars
10
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.9
Value
3.7
Layout
4.4
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.6
StaffFriendliness
4.5
85.7%
Recommend this course
24 out of 28 reviews
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3.9
37 Reviews (37)
5 Stars
14
4 Stars
13
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
6
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.8
Value
3.5
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.5
81.1%
Recommend this course
30 out of 37 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

4.0
413 Reviews (413)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 17
19th Hole Scenic Views 6
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 71
Undulating Greens 50
Plays Long 48
This course/club is great for:
Locals 65
Advanced Golfers 55
Walkers 54
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 83
Near the Airport 75
Near Local Attractions 36

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Reviews 43
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing

Pricey course

I liked the layout and the staff were very accommodating- fairways and greens are very nice but all the rough area is not aesthetically pleasing to the eye at all. I feel this course is way over priced and there are plenty of other courses that are nicer and cheaper.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 52
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
North Dakota Advisor
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Sun Devils

It was a great layout, good green speed.
The only downfall was quick pace of ball to get to the sandy areas along the holes.
I am glad we paid a great price

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Municipal Course Experience

Thoroughly enjoyed playing Papago for the first time. Straightforward layout with firm and fast greens. Devilish pin positions the day we played (staff explained there is a Monday skins game and the grounds crew likes to make it challenging). As an out-of-town visitor the greens fees were a bit pricey, however glad we bit the bullet. It’s apparent the ASU presence onsite has resulted in great upgrades to the property. Desert scenery and weather were nice in January.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

SLOW SLOW SLOW

This was the slowest round of my life. Close to 6 hours.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

Brutally tough

7 handicap and shot an 87. Course was in great condition. The greens were fast and true. I’ll be the first to admit I played the wrong tees. Should have played the whites because the course just destroyed me from the blue tees. Very long approach shots into very well protected greens made for a frustrating day. The over seeded areas were in nice shape but everything else is rock hard so anything that strays just a little is a goner. The par 3s were just stupid long. I hit 3 hybrids an 2 of them, a 3 wood and then a driver. A long par 3 or two is ok. All 4? Lacks imagination and just isn’t a lot of fun. I probably wont play again since there are so many other options in the area for pretty comparable prices.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
4.0
First Time Playing

Rude staff ruined a nice game of golf

TLDR: Course was great, most of the staff was great but the completely unrealistic expectation of pace of play ruined a day of scramble style golf.

A group of us went out to play a scramble style round on a Sunday morning. The course was great, staff at check in were awesome.

We arrived early for our tee time so we grabbed a drink and the bar staff at Lou’s were all fantastic.

The issues started on the first tee box. As we began teeing off (we had two tee times for 8 of us) we were rushed. Halfway through the hole we were asked to “go ahead and pick up”. At that point the next tee time hadn’t been reached and we were chipping onto the green.

The person who was I charge of keeping the pace of play drove next to us until the 6th hole. I’m very used to someone checking in and making sure you are not spending too much time at a tee box or on a single shot. This was NOT that. We were being babysat.

I played competively in High School and college, have played tons of courses in the 10 years since and have never had someone be so rude and inconsiderate. By hole 5 we were all so irritated by this man lurking over our shoulder, harassing and telling us “that was a great shot the rest of you shouldn’t even hit, just play from there” that we decided we would skip the ENTIRE 6th hole after a single person out of 4 tee’d off and he suggested that we should “just drop a ball and chip on” because we were so far behind. The smart cart we were on specifically noted we were “1 minute behind pace.”

The worst part about this is that we were being encouraged to hit into players in front of us and the group behind us was, on average, half a hole behind us the entire time, they never had to wait at a tee box for us. There was ABSOLUTELY no reason a staff member should have been following us that closely or suggesting that we just don’t play golf, when we paid in full to play and we’re not an impediment. There was NO WAY anyone could have played at an Acceptable pace unless they qualified for a pro tournament.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
First Time Playing

Pace of play is great but at what cost?

TLDR: Course was great, most of the staff was great but the completely unrealistic expectation of pace of play ruined a day of scramble style golf.

A group of us went out to play a scramble style round on a Sunday morning. The course was great, staff at check in were awesome.

We arrived early for our tee time so we grabbed a drink and the bar staff at Lou’s were all fantastic.

The issues started on the first tee box. As we began teeing off (we had two tee times for 8 of us) we were rushed. Halfway through the hole we were asked to “go ahead and pick up”. At that point the next tee time hadn’t been reached and we were chipping into the green.

The person who was I charge of keeping the pace of play drove next to us until the 6th hole. I’m very used to someone checking in and making sure you are not spending too much time at a tee box or on a single shot. This was NOT that. We were being babysat.

I played competively in High School and college, have played tons of courses in the 10 years since and have never had someone be so rude and inconsiderate. By hole 5 we were all so irritated by this man lurking over our shoulder, harassing and telling us “that was a great shot the rest of you shouldn’t even hit, just play from there” that we decided we would skip the ENTIRE 6th hole after a single person out of 4 tee’d off and he suggested that we should “just drop a ball and chip on” because we were so far behind. The smart cart we were on specifically noted we were “1 minute behind pace.”

The worst part about this is that we were being encouraged to hit into players in front of us and the group behind us was, on average, half a hole behind us the entire time they never had to wait at a tee box for us. There was ABSOLUTELY no reason a staff member should have been following us that closely or suggesting that we just don’t play golf, when we paid in full to play and we’re not an impediment. There was NO WAY anyone could have played at an Acceptable pace unless they qualified for a pro tournament.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Papago GC

I very much enjoyed Papago and it’s challenging greens. Fastest greens I’ve played in Phoenix area.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Poor Course Condition

The fairways and greens were in decent shape but the sides of the fairways were all dirt and hardpan. Other than the fairways and greens, everything is totally dried out. Very surprising.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser

Nice course

Course gets better every time I play there. Excellent staff, carts with GPS and course conditions. Need drinking water at the tee boxes though was hot out there.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great layout

Fun layout. The course lays out in front of you and requires a variety of shots. No tricks. Unfortunately conditions are not yet up to the quality the layout deserves. Definitely will play again.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

...Not For Beginners

My only gripe is that, unfortunately, this course's pace of play is too fast for beginners. A shame because it's a beautiful course and provides adequate challenges for novice & experienced golfers alike. The course is very well maintained. Fast greens! I would have loved to go back, but as a beginner, it is not worth spending $80 per round on a course that feels rushed at all times.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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