Golf Course Review We Ko Pa Golf Club SAGUARO Fort McDowell Arizona
Reviewed by: jamesph99, Redmond
Took a Thanksgiving trip to Scottsdale with the family. Walked the purple tees at the Saguaro Course at We Ko Pa last Tuesday morning (11/20/18).
I really enjoyed it as conditions were very solid all the way around. Greens were fairly quick to me but rolling very true, with hardly any un-repaired pitch marks. They held well struck shots nicely, and were very consistent throughout the course. Fairways were very nice as well, giving a decent amount of roll as well as great lies, with the exception of the un-filled divot that I found on #10. Rough was dormant and not very long, but I still found it somewhat difficult to make solid contact when I missed a fairway. Bunkers were pretty good (I found several, both fairway and green-side), and tee boxes very nice as well. Our foursome (me walking, a father and his 2 sons riding) got around in a little over 4 hours, never waiting and letting a twosome through on on #12.
The range here is very nice (balls are included with the green fee), and there looked to be a really nice short game area that I didn’t have time to check out. The putting green next to the 1st tee was very good, and very representative of what you were going to find on the course. Customer service was excellent, lots of help checking in and getting the clubs cleaned after the round. Saw the beverage cart 3 times, and also had a pretty good hot dog at the turn.
I really liked the layout here. There seemed to be a pretty good mix of long and short holes. It is quite forgiving off of the tee, as you need to be pretty wild to find the desert. Approach shots need to be good though, as there are lots of green-side bunkers, and fairly large greens making 2 putts difficult at times. They market this course as walkable, and they did have some push carts available for use at the first tee. While it is walkable, it isn’t the easiest walk as it isn’t a flat course. There are some decent hills to go up and down, as well as a few forced carries where you’ll have to walk down into an arroyo and then back up and out of it. For a few of those I was happy to hop on the cart with one of my playing partners to save up some energy.
I paid the rack rate to play here, and mainly chose it because they let you walk, plus the family and I were staying at the resort. While I got a slight break on the price, I think it was just a little bit steep. If I lived in the area I would definitely play it, but I would probably save it for special occasions.