Situated just east of Scottsdale and Fountain Hills, the courses are located on land that will never be used for residential or commercial development, yielding dramatic views of the Sonoran Desert and the surrounding mountains. It is this combination of challenging design and breathtaking scenery that makes the Radisson Fort McDowell one of the most outstanding golf resorts in Scottsdale, AZ.
Our Original Course - Cholla
Open since December 2001, the Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa has garnered countless honors and is recognized as the reference course for quintessential desert golf. Designed by Scott Miller, this 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. Since then, Zagat Survey 2006-2007 awarded Cholla its highest rating among all Arizona courses, and Golfweek ranked the layout #2 on its 2006 list of the state's best public courses.
Located adjacent to Scottsdale and Fountain Hills on land owned by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, We-Ko-Pa (Yavapai for "Four Peaks") is routed through unspoiled Sonoran Desert terrain. In fact, there is not even an out-of-bounds stake to be found on this pristine course, where endless mountain vistas provide a breathtaking backdrop.
Our Newest Course - Saguaro
Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw designed the Saguaro course, which opened December 16, 2006, and offers a desert golf experience unlike any other. Integrating design elements not commonly found in the desert, the course is built for walking and has more in common with older, more traditional courses where greens are close to tees and the course follows the natural movement of the land. To assist those choosing to walk, battery-powered Speedcarts are available to transport clubs.
Saguaro has already been featured in numerous golf publications including Golfweek, which currently ranks it as the #1 public access course in Arizona. In addition, GOLF magazine named it one of the "Top 10 Best New Courses You Can Play" in the United States in 2007.