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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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Reviews 15
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Reviews 68
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Typical Marriott Hospitality

Typical marriott hospitality. Friendly, accommodating staff, excellent golf courses. We played the Palmer back nine then the Faldo back nine. Faldo course was in exceptional condition. Palmer greens are still recovering from top dressing, but rolled smoothly, just a bit slow. Typical summer greens, got to keep them long enough to keep them alive. Still a good experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 68
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Always a great experience

Played Ocotillo yesterday and wildfire today. No comparison in condition or service. Marriott knows how to run a course and accommodate people. Ice and water on the carts and on the first tee, friendly staff, great gold course. One of my favorites, just a little pricey.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 20
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

really good course and value

wide fairways. need to hit good approach shots, greens are fairly smooth

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

Vacation

Great layout and staff. Played after aeration but greens still rolled true. Pro shop said the course would be back to peak shape in about a week. Overall great experience.

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

Good as I expected

Great conditions.
Finished round on a beautiful rainy day in less than 3 hours. Loved it all.

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

Beautiful Course

Wildfire was beautiful! They had just aerated the greens however, so the greens were not in great shape. The club house employees stated that Golfnow was supposed to have that stated on the website, which was not the case. Not a big deal because they only charged $39/golfer rather than the $125/ golfer as stated on Golfnow due to the aeration.
I highly recommend this course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 93
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
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