Papago Golf Course, Phoenix

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  • There is a lot of renovation going on at Papago for a new club house and that isn't great. The current club house is a trailer in the parking lot. The fairways and greens were in very good overseeded ...  more »
  • We played Papago since it was convenient to downtown Phoenix. The course was pretty, in decent shape and very quiet - given the proximity to downtown. That was it for the positive. 1) Amenities. We ar...  more »
  • Not sure why it took me 29 years to play this course - but shame on me!!! What a blast!! Keep in mind this is “a muni” but the greens were is outstanding shape and the fairways were very nice... when ...  more »
  • BLUF: Manager is extremely rude and doesn't consider customer service part of his or his teams job. Course does have some good views but isn't memorable otherwise. Our groups experience here was hands down the worst I have ever had at a golf course. The only thing preventing it from a full one star was the scenery and a couple of the staff members. To start, we called the course a couple hours before tee off, we had a large group playing, just to do a final confirmation and to ask conditions. They didn't feel the need to inform us that tee times were delayed over 1 hour due to a poorly planned members tournament. Upon arriving, and after paying, the manager informed us our tee off was delayed by an hour, it ended up being two hours. One member of our group jokingly said, well I guess we will just spend it drinking in your club house, which at this time is a mobile trailer. Gus, the manager, then informed us he would kick us off the course with no refund. We proceeded to try and kill time on practice facilities and in the club house. The whole time Gus hovering over us and threatening to boot us off the course. The only way we got updates on when we would tee off was to drive up to #1 tee box and asking the starter, who was one of the few friendly people we encountered. After finally teeing off, the course was in relatively good condition, though wasn't anything that memorable, except for the length. The cart girl was awesome, super friendly and joking with our group. The last few holes have great views out over the valley and at sunset, which is when we ended due to two hour delay, was gorgeous. Needless to say though, no one in our group ever plans to go back here.
  • One of the best municipal courses in USA. This is not a new, one trick pony type of course, it's old, large, tough and in excellent condition with big, undulating greens that are pretty fast. Always a challenge, my favorite course in the valley. The new clubhouse and practice facilities are under construction in 2018 and will finally compliment this great course. The staff are attentive and will treat all visitors like country club members.
  • This is a public golf course. The green fees are higher than the private courses. It's fun to play there but not for $100.
  • Amazing views on this monster public course in the heart of Phoenix surrounded by the Papagos, Camelback and Piestawa Peak (Squaw Peak for you more seasoned locals). They are remodeling the old girl when I played this last Sunday. Putting a new clubhouse and driving range. Should be amazing when completed. This course always blows my mind how insanely long it is. 7316 from the blacks! 4 par 3s at 208, 206, 158 and 232 from the blues!!! Longest par 5 from the blacks is 585. I just love a course like this. Some things that you should expect. Not a lot of bath rooms on the course. Me and the guys had to pee in the bushes many times. The greens there have never been as fast as the most expense valley courses but they are decent. The sand traps do not have that expense light fluffy beach sand. It's Arizona sand. It is heavy and you need a cannon to get out of them. Snobby golfers will probably hate them. Not a lot of water but the desert OB makes up for it. If you can't hit the fairly wide fairways you will need to drop. That's if you can find your ball out with the Rattlers!! Still an amazing and beautiful and challenging course. It was wonderful to play her again with some friends. Looking forward to the completion of the remodel.
  • Beautiful, scenic course in great shape. Friendly staff. It was a great day!
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