We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
Whether you play the award-winning Cholla Course or the newer Saguaro Course, you’re in for a desert golf experience unlike any other in Arizona. At We-Ko-Pa, it’s just you, your ball and good old Mother Nature.Unlike other Arizona golf courses, there are no homes, condos or townhomes lining these fairways. At We-Ko-Pa, the Sonoran Desert is your neighbor and the term “high-rise” is either used to describe the ancient saguaros in the foreground or the magnificent mountains in the distance. In fact, the views are so spectacular at We-Ko-Pa that the sound, strategic playing value of the holes could possibly get overlooked. The variety in the routing and pacing of holes will keep all levels of golfers entertained from opening tee shot to final tap-in. Both courses, Cholla and Saguaro, feature an ideal blend of doglegs and straightaway holes, a mix of slender and ample fairways, a balance between benign and rugged green complexes. Yet without exception, both courses offer a host of shot-making options and plenty of grassy bail-out areas when the occasional shot gets away.We-Ko-Pa is proudly owned by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation.
The Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club offers a dramatic test of golf that plays through shady arroyos, over desert ridges and amid some of the most picturesque Sonoran Desert on the planet. For this reason, Cholla is widely considered as one of the most pristine desert golf experiences in the Southwest with no homes or other development to spoil the sweeping views of the nearby river valleys, Red Mountain, Four Peaks and the rest of the majestic Superstition Mountains.
Open for public play since December 2001 and designed by Scott Miller, Cholla has racked up a host of honors on its way to becoming one of Arizona's most celebrated courses. In fact, the 7,225-yard layout was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the “10 best new public courses in the world” shortly after its debut.
The Saguaro Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club combines distinctive desert-golf traits with the timeless traditions of golf course design. For example, it's built for walking with greens situated near to the next tee. It follows the natural movement of the land; they didn't move much dirt. And the playing corridors are wider when compared to target-golf design.
Like its sister course, Saguaro has garnered numerous awards and accolades from golf industry leading publications. Golf Digest give it the 21stspot in its 2015-2016 list of the “Best in State Rankings: Arizona,” which considers both public and private courses across the state.
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