9800 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale, Arizona 85256, US
(480) 850-7777
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About Talking Stick Resort & Casino

Just east of Phoenix-Scottsdale, Talking Stick Resort is owned and operated by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. It among Arizona's largest golf and casino resorts with nearly 500 guest rooms in a 15-story hotel tower, six restaurants, entertainment and pools. Located off the Highway 101 loop, it is conveniently located near Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport and many of the area's best golf courses. In addition to nightlife and live casino action at the resort, A Topgolf was recently added to the property as well. The main outdoor pool is large and has live music and DJs during a summer series and cabanas for rent, while there are two smaller pools. Additional amenities include a spa, fitness center and a complimentary shuttle that can transport guests to area attractions. The golf club is located next door and feature 36 holes designed by Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw, the Piipash and O'odham. Both golf courses are void of residential development and feature forgiving fairways and greens on native terrain.

Facts

Price Range$$, $$$
Property Class★★★★
Acres350
Year Opened1999
Number of Units300-500

Amenities

RestaurantsFine, Bar, Casual, Buffet
Room TypesRoom, Suite
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
CasinoYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?No
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No
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Golf courses at Talking Stick Resort & Casino

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3.9
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Reviews 10
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fair test of golf

Nice track that has wide open fairways. I especially liked that there were no houses on the course. The pace of play for a Saturday morning was excellent. We played in just under 4 hours. Green rolled true and there were some tough pin positions.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 31
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Clean your room.

I played Piplash but maybe should have played Zodha

Good layout greens rolled great but needed a little water.

The fairways needed water and a little more grass.

I expected more from Talking Stick.

I’m guessing since it’s the older of the two tracks Piplash is due for a makeover.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Reviews 1
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Extremely friendly, dealing with COVID well

The staff was great, the pace of play excellent, course in good shape, felt like they were doing a great job COVIDwise. A couple tough par 5s on the back. Odd little rodents are humorous.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 81
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good but not great

I played the North course this time and liked it less than the South. Awful lot of long par 4s that aren't substantially different from my point of view. Only 2 par 5s on the layout. Great price, free range balls to warm up, great staff.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

casual round at Talking Stick

Casual round on the North course. Good conditions.
Staff is friendly except bag boys at end of round.
We left a club headcover and went back within 10 minutes. Staff was rude and did not want to check for it. We went in and found it ourselves.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Easy course

The Couse was is great condition. It was dry but in good condition. It is a very easy course to play and thus the $45 seems double what it should be,

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Better choices available

Although everyone was friendly and my playing partners a delight, the course itself certainly isn't worth the effort. Boring layout offering no trouble with the exception of the greens. The north course is much better but not worth the higher green fees.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful Day, beautiful course

I love this golf course. it isn't easy but it is fun. Lots of rewards and just as much trouble. great challenge for me.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great course

Tees off at 1:44. We were never rushed by the guys in back of us and never crowded the guys in front. Fairways were well taken care of, sand traps had pretty fluffy sand and greens were fast and pretty hard - not a lot of ball strike marks.

Layout was challenging - you have to hit the fairway or you are in desert scrub. Greens defended by bunkers so your approach matters. Had a great time and I’d play here again in a heart beat

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great course

Course is in great shape and the layout is not terribly difficult but fun to play

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Cart drop to club drop

Something need to be done about the cart return area and getting your clubs up to the car pickup! What a pain...

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Too Many Bugs this time of year

The South course is a fun challenging time. Bring your bug spray as the bugs are everywhere. Everywhere. I always forget this course is in the middle of the desert. Greens were lightning fast and very burnt already. fairways had minimal grass and the rough is non existant.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

WE-KO-PA CHOLLA 18

Exellent course . Great design , excellent course conditions, staff helpful and considerate during this Covid 19 pandemic. 1 person per cart .
Pace of play exceptional (3.5 hrs ). Course was open with very few golfers.
Great time to play golf , like a private CC !

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Firm Greens!

I really didn’t see anything special about the course or layout outside of a couple dogleg holes. There seemed to be quite a few bunkers that do t come into play no matter which tees you are using. They were so out of play that they didn’t influence shot choice at all. I found that curious. The greens were so firm that it took I high, spinning shot to have any chance of holding them. It did t help that it was pretty windy that day. Overall, it’s not worth the money or drive to get me to go back again.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

The North course was in good shape and the customer service and amenities were excellent considering COVID 19 restrictions. We appreciated all their efforts as it made for an enjoyable round of golf. The practice range is huge so no waiting. Family members still allowed to ride in same cart. We played North (O’odham) which we were told was the more challenging (longer) of the two courses and had more of a desert feel. Despite seeming wide open off the tee and fairways we still managed to lose a few balls to the desert;) Would definitely play here again and recommend it

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very good track

Staff was on top of the social distancing and very friendly. Played the old North Course and it was fun. Tricky greens. Crenshaw.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 84
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Staff

Great staff friendliness, starter and bag guys...
Course is great layout ..but those greens are hard to hit and stick from the fairway....great fun...me and 3 buddies...great time

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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