5350 E Marriott Dr., Phoenix, Arizona 85054, US
(480) 293-5000
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About JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

The JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa is among the largest golf resorts in Arizona with 865 guest rooms and suites. It is an amenity of the next door Wildfire Golf Club, home to two full-length, 18-hole golf courses designed by Nick Faldo and Arnold Palmer. The resort features five pool areas, including a lazy river and water slide, as well as the more exclusive and quiet Griffin Bay pool area. There is also a fitness center, full-service Revive Spa and tennis courts. Managed by Marriott Golf, there is a kids program and kids play golf free at Wildfire Golf Club with a paid adult.

Facts

Price Range$$$, $$$$
Property Class★★★★
Acres300
Year Opened2002
Number of Units500+

Amenities

RestaurantsBar, Fine, Casual, Buffet
Room TypesRoom, Suite
PoolAdults Only
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Resort & Spa

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4.5
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5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Play it again

We first played on our 2021 golf trip and really enjoyed the course. Just played it in 2022 and we all said it was even better the second time around.

Staff is friendly, great practice facilities and the course was in great shape.

We will be back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 99
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Can’t go wrong with a Palmer Course

A bit tighter than the Faldo course, but very nice. Conditions were excellent and we finished in under 4 hours (barely) with a 12:30 tee time.

I always enjoy playing either of these courses., but they have gotten very expensive. As such I only play when I can get a discounted tee time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
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Plays Once a week
4.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 10
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Good course

Got a reasonable rate on golf now. Not a $250 course but great for $100. Condition was immaculate like most resort courses.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 10
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
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Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Sonoran desert gem

I and an owner at the Marriott Canyon Villas. I love Wilfire Golfclub! Been here about 15 years or more!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 28
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Be Mindful of over-seeding times.

We thought the course was great! Would have been much better if we could drive off of the cart path. Greens were also super slow and kind of bumpy due to over-seeding but we totally understood and adjusted accordingly. I will definitely go back a d try again once the conditions are different.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Not up to par

Overall I really like this course, however condition of course was average compared to when I have played it before.
I don’t feel it’s worth the full rack price they are charging at this time.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Wildfire Golf Club-Palmer Signature Course

Course was in fantastic condition just coming off over seed. However, I wanted a sandwich before teeing off, nothing available but a sit down option and I was appalled that parking to play golf was $10. If that is standard practice for the Wildfire Golf Club.. I will not return.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 9
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Wildfire always fantastic

Wildfire was exceptional yet again. Just before the overseed so the Bermuda Greens were difficult for this Canadian as we don’t get much Bermuda in Canada!

Only negative was the range was closed for overseeing but that is expected this time of year in the desert. Had a pre round pint instead on the lovely shaded patio… 10/10 for the day…

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Prepare for bunkers

The Faldo course has 180 bunkers! Luckily I didn’t find them often. Greens were a little slow but the course was in good shape overall. Great deal on the hot deal.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

excellent course

I found that this course covers everything excellent.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Shortened round

The course was in nice shape, but we only played 12 holes. Huge winds and rain.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Sand on Steroids

Crazy amount of tough bunkers on this course. Greens were true but protected by sand all around most holes. Even though course was almost empty slow groups consistently held up pace. I got a deal on price but how could you have a higher priced course without any Marshalls monitoring. Not one. Driving range was closed but chipping & putting areas were good. Bag staff was good as well. Too many other nice courses here. This is a pass.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
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