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. The unique combination of challenging design and breathtaking scenery makes this Scottsdale golf course a must for any player.
The 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.
The Newest Course - Saguaro
Opened December 16, 2006, this desert golf course offers an experience like no other. Designers Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw integrated design elements not commonly found in the desert, such as greens that are close to tees and a course that follows the natural movement of the land. While the Saguaro is best suited for walking, 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.
We-Ko-Pa Golf Course