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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Resort
Style Desert
Par 71
Length 6846 yards
Slope 132
Rating 72.3

Faldo Championship Course at the Wildfire Golf Club measures as long as 6,846 yards, depending on which tees you're shooting from, and lies on 174 acres and features some differences from the average desert-themed golf courses. Faldo offers abundant fairways, big bentgrass greens and tee boxes, as well as the golf course's neighboring mountains, century-old saguaro cacti and 106 sand bunkers - which remind golfers of Aussie sand-belt golf courses, which gives it a magnificent locale for golfers.

Wildfire Golf Club is much-feted: When the Faldo Championship Course opened, the Arizona Republic selected hole No. 2 among the valley's 18 best. The golf course received recognition among the 2006 Travel & Leisure Golf's "World's Best Golf Resorts" for family getaways and in the 2006 Conde Nast Traveler rundown of the "Top 100 Golf Resorts in North America." These are in addition to the Gold Tee Award from Meetings & Conventions Magazine.

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Course Details

Year Built 2002
Fairways Winter Rye Grass
Greens Bent Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Nick Faldo (2002) Lee E. Schmidt (2002) Brian Curley (2002)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "Wildfire Golf Academy"
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 and bermuda shorts required. No denim.

Available Facilities

Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Spa

Available Sports

Tennis

Accolades

Reviews

4.6
717 Reviews (717)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 38
Dinner 16
Patio Dining 16
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 106
Undulating Greens 42
Forced Carries 29
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 53
A Weekend Splurge 51
Locals 38
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 71
Convenient to the City 56
Worth the Drive 40

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Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Flew around the course.

Very good course. I’d put it just outside top 10 of courses I’ve played in metro PHX. But I’d put the pricing just inside the top 10 most expensive.
Very good layout. Good conditions Well trapped and the sand was fair and consistent despite being thin. Nice practice facilities. Cold drinking water every third hole. Cold towels at 1 and 10.
Does not have the elevation changes, breathtaking views or true signature holes that most of my top 10 courses have. No boring holes either.
But the best part was we played in 2.5 hours. There was a twosome a couple holes in front of us and a threesome a hole behind us that had to have a similarly fast round.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 89
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Beautiful Course

Great course; greens and fairways in excellent shape; completed 18 holes in 3 hours; staff is very friendly and accommodating; only negative was the sand traps need sand but that wont happen until whenever the traps are reconfigured. Very challenging course when the pins are strategically placed on the greens. Can't wait to play either the Palmer or Faldo course again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great, tough course - target golf - not for beginners. Great staff and service. Lots of natural beauty everywhere you look. Gorgeous!

Fairways are wide but the bunkers are punishing and very steep if you unfortunately have to get out of one - which is extremely likely as there are many and every green is guarded by them - even in front - so forget about running up shots to them. Tees, fairways and greens are all in excellent shape. The only complaint is that their bunkers (especially greenside) are Very steep & have very little sand at their base , which makes greenside outs very difficult even for above average players which I am not. If you can't hit high and flush irons you'll be spending your day hitting out of them :)

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 21
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Great course, great shape, but hardly any sand in steep greenside bunkers

Excellent greens, fairways and tee boxes considering the summer transition to bermuda. Extremely challenging and very picturesque setting surrounded by wildlife and nature.
My only complaint was the lack of sand in your unfriendly and steep greenside bunkers . I could not blast out and bladed some of my shots due to this very avoidable issue. You're very stingy with how much sand you provide. Your course is very pricey and the least you provide are bunkers with sufficient sand to give an average player half a chance. Your bunkers are as deep and as numerous as I've seen anywhere and difficult enough just to pop it out even if there was an acceptable sand base to get underneath with your wedge and have at least a chance to save par. What should have bogeys turned into triples because the lack of sand caused me to blade the shot over the green. I understand there will be bunker renovations very soon and hope you will act on my complaint as other reviewers have also commented on this issue.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 124
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Excellent challenging course

First time playing the Faldo Course. I loved the uniqueness of each hole which was amplified by the many bunkers. Somewhat wide fairways offset the imposing fairway bunkers. If you are looking for something other than flat, boring and parallel fairways, simply play this course. It makes you think about each shot from tee box to green. The greens were in great shape. They weren't too fast and provided for a nice roll on putts. The staff are super friendly and helpful. The beverage person came by about 3 times during the round. We played in just over 3 hours.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bunkers need sand...

I think I heard there are over 100 bunkers on the Faldo course, which creates a challenging track. But, the lack of proper depth of sand in the many green side bunkers is unforgivable. Most of them are essentially hard pan, which is a little more understandable in fairway bunkers, but never green side. With a $140 green fee including tax for the beginning of June, the expectation on a course that prides itself on bunkers as a significant design feature should be that those said bunkers are well maintained.
Beyond that glaring issue, Faldo is well-designed and very playable.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 182
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Arizona Advisor
Verified Purchaser
Top 25 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

The Faldo Course

I have played this course more than a dozen times now. The course is always a challenge with bunkers placed in locations that require well placed shots without being ridiculous. In fact, some holes are almost better played using the bunkers. The course conditions are always as good as anywhere, all seasons of the year. The fairways are grown out and lush, the greens are manicured and consistent, the bunkers are actually sand and uniform from one to the next (i.e., not hard pan in one and fluffy sand in the next). I have certainly had tough rounds on this course, but when I manage the round well it can be a lot of fun.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Faldo course at Wildfire

Great track, excellent greens and fantastic holes of golf. Good pace of play too.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Good But Not Outstanding

A good resort course. Friendly staff and decent pace of play. Course was in OK condition, greens were excellent, although a little on the slow side, but overall not as good as I expect for a $135- $150 per round course.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course in excellent shape.

Lush fairways, greens roll true, bunkers packed sand. Overall the course is in excellent condition. Staff very helpful and friendly. Give the Faldo course a play. You will be pleased.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Upscale beauty

It doesn’t get much better. Excellent greens, lots of bunkers and variations in the layouts to keep you on your toes. You must be mindful of distances off the tee to avoid trouble, and to the extend it’s possible, avoid those fairway traps. All the amenities you want, great range, practice green right before the first tee so you can get the feel for the speed right before your round.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Unfortunately the bar was closed before 5PM. A little disappointed..

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 8
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 Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great conditions ,and super pace- played as a twosome - 18 holes in 3 hours!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Faldo course exceptional...Never had a bad lie all day...Greens perfect...# of bunkers a challenge

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 20
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
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 Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course great / Staff lousy

Wildfire feels Big! Very spacious and wide fairways. The greens were okay. Great design and many many bunkers with desert sand which makes them a very different sand shot.

The signage and directions to get to the course and even the bag drop are illogical and at best confusing. The staff member (Turner) was at best dismissive both coming in and leaving. He need management attention to improve his customer service and attitude towards them.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 63
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

bunkers are terrible

Course in good shape except for bunkers....like cement.....good luck getting out!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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