5350 E. Marriott Drive,
Phoenix, Arizona 85054
Office+1 (480) 473 0205
Pro shop+1 (888) 705 7775
Fax+1 (480) 293 3810
Golf proMatt Keel (Lead Instructor)
18 holes. Desert-style. Relatively flat terrain - easy to walk.
Desert and residential.
Nick Faldo with Schmidt-Curley Design (Lee Schmidt & Brian Curley).
18-hole par-72 Palmer Course (7145 yards from back tees)
16 miles N of Phoenix
From the 101-loop take exit 31 heading north on Tatum Blvd. After 1 mile turn right into Pathfinder Road. After 500 yards at roundabout turn left into Wildfire Golf.
Both the Faldo and Palmer layouts at JW Marriott's Wildfire Golf Club, lay down an excellent and contrasting test of golf. Each course has been handsomely crafted by the respective golfing legend whose name it bears. And each offers captivating mountain scenery and, closer to the course, the Sonoran desert's trademark saguaro cacti.
The Faldo Championship Course, which plays up to 6,846 yards, sits on a 174-acre site and offers subtle variations from the typical desert-themed layouts routinely found in Scottsdale. The course is laid out on predominantly flattish terrain, and exudes a mix of parkland, links and desert styles. Over 100 sand bunkers, reminiscent of Australian sand belt courses, combine with generous fairways, large greens and equally large tee boxes to provide a fair and challenging golfing experience.
The signature feature of the course is its prodigious bunkering, both in terms of number and size. Along the fairways, around the greens and defining the skilfully crafted par-3 holes, you will be confronted by the threat of sand. The landing areas from the tee are generally spacious, even if you are a little wayward ... but beware those bunkers!
With many outward holes flanked by a returning inward hole (in classic links style), adjoining fairways might even come to the rescue on really errant drives. Whereas the front-nine takes you on a loop around the huge JW Marriott resort hotel, the back-nine heads into the desert, only occasionally flanked by housing and offering wonderful views onto the McDowell mountains.
Stay & Play at Wildfire: luxury onsite accommodation available, see Where2Stay section below.
Visitors welcome on weekdays and weekends.
Must book in advance.
Credit cards accepted. Contact club for full details, discounts, Stay&Play packages, etc. [Last updated: 2018].
Non-metal spikes (strongly recommended). Walking permitted. Golf carts are fitted with GPS.
In recent years Wildfire has hosted the LPGA Founders Cup, a full LPGA Tour event, which is played on a composite of the Faldo and Palmer courses (see our Tournaments section >by Venue >Wildfire GC).
5350 East Marriott Drive, Phoenix, Arizona 85054
+1 (480) 473 0205Visit website
Wildfire (Faldo and Palmer courses)
Grayhawk (Raptor & Talon courses); Troon North (Monument & Pinnacle courses); Legend Trail; Boulders (North & South courses); TPC Scottsdale (Stadium & Desert courses); Talking Stick (North & South courses); SunRidge Canyon.
17010 North Scottsdale Rd, Scottsdale, Arizona 85255
+1 (480) 922 8400Visit website
The Courtyard Scottsdale North hotel features an ideal location near many of Scottsdale's finest restaurants, shopping malls, and a stunning array of championship golf courses. Within easy access onto the loop 101 Freeway, it is just minutes from there to many of Scottsdale and Phoenix' many attractions.
TPC Scottsdale; Grayhawk; McDowell Mtn; Kierland; Wildfire
Talking Stick; SunRidge Canyon; Eagle Mountain; We-Ko-Pa; Troon North; Legend Trail; Boulders; Dove Valley Ranch; Lookout Mountain; The Phoenician; Papago; ASU Karsten.
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