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Played Wickenburg Ranch on Sunday, 11/17 to round out a trip to Arizona. Booked on their site a couple days earlier for $108 + tax. Their "dynamic pri... » More
Played Wickenburg Ranch on Sunday, 11/17 to round out a trip to Arizona. Booked on their site a couple days earlier for $108 + tax. Their "dynamic pricing" seems to fluctuate a lot and that was one of the best prices I saw while monitoring available tee times during my stay.
Wow, was it worth it!
First off, they accommodated my request to bump my tee time back half an hour when I had some extra stuff to do in the morning, so they pushed my original 11:10 to 11:40 with no qualms whatsoever. Then when I arrived, everyone was really friendly and the starter gave me a yardage book when I said it was my first time playing the course. It's a Troon-managed facility with the customer experience to match their lofty reputation. I was paired with two nice, fun Canadians who work in the golf industry. The group ahead of us was pretty quick and except for short waits a couple times, we virtually made our own pace. I think we finished in around 3.5 hours. (Which worked out well because it gave me enough time to go play Li'l Wick afterward, which was fun. $30 extra.) I was a little surprised there's no GPS on the carts, but the yardage book made up for it.
Big Wick was in absolutely pristine condition. The practice putting green was maybe the finest condition green I've ever seen... absolutely perfect and lightning fast, just a tad faster than the on-course greens. The actual greens were extremely smooth, medium-fast to fast and more firm than soft. Fairways were like carpet. Rough was lush, beautiful and about 2-3 inches deep. I wasn't in a bunker on Big Wick but they looked great, and the one I found on Li'l Wick was perfect. The rectangular tee boxes are so perfectly manicured with sharp edges, striking an amazing contrast with their desert surroundings. 10s all across the board.
What a fun course! My game was nowhere to be found both Saturday and Sunday, but I still had an amazing time playing Big Wick. The six par 3s are all fantastic. The course offers lots of different looks, everything from wide-open fairways to the par-4 16th, which played down a tight canyon chute. True desert golf with lots of forced carries and tons of elevation changes.
I'm still trying to figure out where this one ranks among my all-time favorite courses. It might actually crack my Top 10, which would make it my favorite Arizona course I've ever played. On top of the great layout and amazing conditions, it's just a cool place with a very refined, yet laid-back vibe that makes you feel good being there. I really didn't want to leave, and I hope to get back again sometime soon. I played Li'l Wick with a nice local guy who said a perk of living in the Wickenburg Ranch community is getting to play Li'l Wick all you want for free! Crazy!
(Johnny: This would be a phenomenal GK Event venue!)» Close
Played here today with a 9:00 "Deal" time from TeeOff.com. Using 20% off promo code, I paid $63 plus tax. Arrived pretty early and it was oddly much c... » More
Played here today with a 9:00 "Deal" time from TeeOff.com. Using 20% off promo code, I paid $63 plus tax. Arrived pretty early and it was oddly much colder than 45 minutes north in Mesa, where I'm staying. Lots of cloud cover until right around our tee time, when the sun started to break through. Service was exceptional all around, as it often is at Troon facilities. (They have a wood-burning outdoor fireplace right at the first tee that made that whole area smell amazing.) We started just a few minutes late and POP was predictably a bit slow due to the course currently being cart path only. The starter said they are typically CPO through Thanksgiving, but this year they're checking the roots of the grass in hopes of possibly clearing carts on fairways earlier.
Conditions are excellent. I gave it all 9s and 8s. Greens were great, very smooth, medium-fast and more firm than soft. Fairways are really good, very green and lush, and I suspect they'll get just get even better over the next couple weeks. Same for the rough, which wasn't too penal. Tee boxes were fantastic. The plentiful bunkers were in really good condition.
This was my first time here. I'd heard a lot about the course and it pretty much lived up to my expectations. They promote it as "pure golf" and that's very true. It's a sprawling course with wide fairways and lots of really nice contours, and no homes or anything else in sight. Maybe the only knock on it, personally, is that it lacks any significant elevation changes. As I said on Instagram, it reminded me of a hybrid between Goose Creek and Primm Valley (Desert), but on a much larger scale. The tips can stretch to 7600 yards here! Unfortunately I played terribly, so I'd love to get another shot at it again sometime.
After the round the range still had balls all over it so it seemed #minidunes wasn't open.
Highly recommended!» Close
Played here today with a 7:06 GN "Hot Deal" for $45+fee and tax. Good deal! (My cart partner paid $75 and he plays the course every day.) Paired with ... » More
Played here today with a 7:06 GN "Hot Deal" for $45+fee and tax. Good deal! (My cart partner paid $75 and he plays the course every day.) Paired with three fun Canadians. We were first off the tee and finished in just under 4:00.
Course looks fantastic and carts are free to go anywhere post-overseed. The practice putting green was really smooth and running pretty quick, but the actual greens didn't seem to be in quite as good of condition. They were still very smooth, but a little slower and a few had a tiny top dressing of sand. I don't think the sand impacted anything, though. They were medium-slow and pretty firm. Fairways were mostly really lush, although some spots aren't quite as lush. Same for the rough, which was about 1.0-1.5 inches deep. Tee boxes were great. I wasn't in a bunker but they looked good.
Pretty fun course with tons of elevation changes. It gets tight in spots with houses on both sides of some holes, so accuracy is important. It's definitely not a "destination" course, but it was far more interesting than some flatter courses around the area. It was fun and I would go back for sure. The 18th hole is a little funky with the green situated on top of a giant hill, where anything short could conceivably roll down about 40-50 yards and well below the green.
Recommended, especially at a deal price.» Close
Played Anaheim Hills on Sunday, 11/10 for my GK Cup match with Sr714 at 11:20 using an UnderPar.com two-person voucher. Course didn't seem that busy w... » More
Played Anaheim Hills on Sunday, 11/10 for my GK Cup match with Sr714 at 11:20 using an UnderPar.com two-person voucher. Course didn't seem that busy when we arrived, as they were calling groups to the tee early. We didn't desire to start early and started right on time, paired with two very novice golfers. POP was slow (partly our foursome's fault, partly backed up anyway), but faster than it seemed. We finished in just about 5 hours, letting one group play through on the 3rd tee.
Course conditions are decent and mixed. The greens were really nice, smooth, soft and medium-fast with downhill putts getting especially quick. Definitely the highlight, and the rest of the course looked better than it played, imo. I had lots of iffy lies on thin grass. Fairways and rough were sometimes good, sometimes bad. Tee boxes were mostly beat up. Bunkers were good.
I hadn't played here in a little over 5 years. Sorta bummed to see they cut that first par 3 into a shorter hole (I remember it being 250+). Still lots of quirky holes, but there's also something I like about the course... houses don't really come into play much and it has a nice "feel" to it. Worth the rate we paid; full rack rate I'm not so sure.» Close
Played here today with dconnally and mpisarski with an 11:00 starting time. We started right on time. POP was a little slow, not too surprising for a ... » More
Played here today with dconnally and mpisarski with an 11:00 starting time. We started right on time. POP was a little slow, not too surprising for a Saturday. We finished in 4:45. Slight rain/mist early in the round but it didn't seem to impact the course too much, except one green that had some casual water collected on it.
Conditions are good, although beware: They aerate the greens starting Monday. Greens were mostly smooth, accepted full shots well, and ran medium-fast. Fairways are the high point, really nice in many places and just a little lower condition in others. Rough was a step down in consistency, but that's fine. Most of the bunkers I was in were good, some could use some more sand. Tee boxes were probably the low point; not often flat and not as well manicured as other parts of the course.
Fun times. Definitely recommended.» Close
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