Apache Gold Casino Resort
About Apache Gold Casino ResortApache Gold Casino Resort, located an hour's drive east of Phoenix-Scottsdale near the southeast edge of the Tonto National Forest, is owned by the San Carlos Apache Tribe. Apache Stronghold Golf Course, designed by architect Tom Doak, is located on the property. Other nearby attractions are the Picke Post Mansion and Boyce Thompson Arboretum, as well as Miami and Globe, two western boomtowns from the 19th century. The hotel features 145 guest rooms and suites, and amenities include an outdoor pool, fitness center and nightclub.
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We enjoy this course it plays thru the unspoiled desert surrounding elevated tees fast rolling greens and beautiful views!! Had breakfast at the casino highly recommend it also!!
This course is easily one of my favorites in all of Arizona as it is an architectural masterpiece. It has made strides in condition improvement with irrigation repairs and bunker improvements. Unfortunately the fairways are suffering from Jackrabbit infestation Wish something could be done to control the Jackrabbits rutting up the fairways. Greens have made progress and they putt fantastic. Some bad spots on some greens but less visible than before. Even with shortcomings the course is very playable and always fun to play.
prepare to be challenged
This course is awesome. I used to think I was getting pretty good at golf but Apache Stronghold humbled me again.I have played here 3 times and not 1 birdie yet..(maybe cause I play the back tee) but it is my fault to be sure.Because of fast greens with undulations#4 green is ridiculously hard if they put the flag back left. Course was in good shape but winds did not help scoring. I may have met my match...
Long difficult course.
This is one of the toughest courses I have ever played. Great layout in the middle of nature. Liked that cart paths were dirt and didn't take away from the natural look. The back tees are over 7500 yds and the next up where I played were around 7000 yds. Great variety of holes using the natural terrain. The course had some rough spots on the fairways and greens, but with some TLC this course could be championship level. Great value for the price and a less than 3 hour 18 hole round.
Super Challenging Course
Don’t play the tips...its brutal. Once we moved up a tee box it was very playable. Had the whole course to ourselves (seemed) the pace was great and the greens were ok. The fairways were less than desirable but for the price we weren’t complaining. Great road trip golf with your cigar smokin, music listenin, beer drinkin buddies. We had a ball played 27 holes and plan on making an annual trip up.
Could be a great course with a lot of work.
The fairways were painted green as they don't reseed. The greens were tricky and fast. We had the course to ourselves as we played at 11:AM. It was a great time had by all.
The staff are wonderful! It's a challenging course, but not kept up as well as it should be.
Great golf carts with gps. Beautiful scenery and a fun place to play
1st thing. The original concept was great. Get a world class designer to design the course. Everybody will come. However, it is the middle of nowhere. The casino has 1000 slot machines and 2 card tables. Everybody in the casino needs walkers to maneuver. Nothing else but loud music to make it seem like a happening place. Anyway, the course suffers on maintenance mostly sand traps, because it is just the slot machines sustaining the place. But, The course is Great! Every hole is a treat! The greens are very large, so you can hit them. Putting is like putting on a hillside. Brutal. Carts have GPS. Anyway, you WILL not be dissapointed.
Grounds staff are working hard and making noticable improvements. Greens are receptive and putt very nice. Rudy from outside services is a true "GEM". A great employee at The Stronghold.
Great setting and design for few dollars
You won’t find a Tom Doak designed course any where else for this money. Overlook the maintenance issues caused by a lack of money and you will enjoy a world class design in a raw natural setting.
This was my 1st trip here and the drive was nice from Mesa with nice scenery. The club has very little in the way of amenities but I came for golf not dinner. The casino is next door and I am sure it is capable of good meals and not just hot dogs. This course needs a replay because from the first hole there are many blind shots and lost balls. The greens were suffering from fungus and I hope that is not typical because I would love to come back. Also looks like jack rabbits or chupacabras were digging in the fairways. Overall nice!
"There's Turquoise in them, there Hills "
One of the best designed courses in the state. The fairways were a little rough but the cart paths were even rougher. The fairways were painted a beautiful turquoise so I took home several rocks to add to my collection. The condition of the greens wasn't too bad and a big improvement from last year at this time.. Not only was the golf course range closed but so was the range in the kitchen.. Don't expect the pro shop staff to stand and greet you when you enter. I've been there twice now in the past year and even though there aren't any golfers the shop clerk seems to have a permanent seat in front of a computer with a card table as a desk. Well something like that anyhow. The staff both inside and outside are very pleasant. If you're looking for a place to play and like to avoid the high rates in Phoenix then this is the place to go. Play the front tees, improve your lies on the course and have some fun.
casino course poorly maintain for last 5 years
everything about the location is excellent, except the course itself. The layout, outstanding. Surrounding landscape high desert. Tee boxes and greens been given water and maintenance. Fairways not overseeded but painted with dye. Sand trap not maintained for years. Golf fees are way out of line for their course offering.
Course needs some work but the views are spectacular.
Great still needs improment. but still very playable.
Apache Stronghold Nov 2017
Used a GolfNow Hot Deal so well worth the price, offset somewhat by the fuel cost from Mesa. Upon arriving was greeted by the starter Rudy who was very friendly and helpful, even brought a cart out to the car. Having arrived an hour early, the lady checking us in was also helpful explaining we had to wait until 30 minutes before tee time. Due to a large group having recently gone out an hour ahead of us, the starter allowed us to tee off on the back nine which I’m sure saved us at least an hour. Having played the course multiple times was expecting poor course conditions. I was pleasantly surprised that there were a number of improvements, overall grass conditions improved (rating 2 to 3), where there was once bare spots now has been filled in for the most part, a number of cart paths areas now have concrete greatly improving safety and erosion. However, continued to notice low spots where drainage remains poor despite improvements. This seems to be a continuing issue that they are addressing. One of the benefits of the course is it’s beauty, as the developer used the natural terrain and did little bulldozing. Recommend the course due to it’s uniqueness, friendliness of the staff and overall improvements in course conditions. Look forward to further improvement, especially around drainage.