We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 1
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We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 1
The first hole of the Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club is a short par 4 that doglegs left. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 8
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We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 8
The 8th hole on the Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club was altered during the summer renovation, with the desert wash near the green filled in with turf. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - 8th tee
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We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - 8th tee
The tee shot on the par-5 eighth hole on the Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club heads downhill. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course
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We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course
A player hits a shot out of a greenside bunker of the Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 14
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We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 14
The par-3 14th hole on the Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club has a nice backdrop from the elevated tee. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 11
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We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 11
The par-3 11th hole on the Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club is well guarded by bunkers. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 16
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We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 16
The par-4 16th hole on the Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club is a sharp dogleg right. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 18
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We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 18
The par-4 18th hole on the Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club heads downhill and features water down the right side. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 2
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We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 2
The second hole on the Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club is par 5 that heads right to left. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 5
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We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 5
The fifth hole on the Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club is a par 3 with a small green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - 6th hole
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We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - 6th hole
The par-4 sixth hole on the Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club features an elevated green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 7
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We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 7
The seventh hole on the Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club has a split fairway. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 9
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We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 9
The ninth hole on the Cholla golf course at We-Ko-Pa heads downhill to a well protected green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 3
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We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course - hole 3
The Cholla golf course at We-Ko-Pa opened in 2001 and was the first of two courses at the resort. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
We-Ko-Pa G.C. - clubhouse
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We-Ko-Pa G.C. - clubhouse
The clubhouse at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club has an indoor and outdoor restaurant as well as pro shop. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona opens after summer facelift

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The original course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, the Cholla opened in 2001 and celebrated its 15th anniversary with a summer facelift.

The Scott Miller design received new greens, bunkers and irrigation system. The par-5 eighth hole was also slightly redesigned, removing the desert wash that came into play on the second shot.

Although many panelists put the Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw-designed Saguaro Course higher than the Cholla, these days We-Ko-Pa officials say the Cholla averages a few more rounds each year.

There's a lot to like about We-Ko-Pa's original course, and it's still a slam-dunk pick among the destination's best public courses.

A bit like the Saguaro, the Cholla's strength is in its imaginative short par 4s and risk-reward par 5s. Unlike the Saguaro, it isn't very walkable and the round can take about 30 minutes longer. Its finishing holes on each nine play downhill with great views rather than uphill at Saguaro, and for that reason may be a little more memorable to the average player.

The Saguaro and Cholla Courses share a huge driving range and practice facility, as well as an understated but comfortable clubhouse. The golf facility is right across the street from the We-Ko-Pa Resort, which has its own spa and adjacent casino. It would be silly to play one We-Ko-Pa course and not the other on your Scottsdale golf vacation.

Read Brandon Tucker's full review of the Cholla Course.

Brandon Tucker is the Sr. Managing Editor for GolfPass and was the founding editor of Golf Advisor in 2014, he was the managing editor for Golf Channel Digital's Courses & Travel. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and nearly 600 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at @btuck34.

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