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Played this course for the very first time, using the Underpar special. Overall the course is in very good condition. Greens rolled true but fast. Fairways were green and sand traps contained enough sand to play out of them. Check in was fast and POP was 4 hours.

The only reason that I may not play this course again is the layout of the course. Hole #1 has a large tree in the middle of the fairway, really? Hole #8 GPS shows green on the left when it's actually to the right. Not that much level ground on the course. Your either hitting uphill or downhill. Hole#12 has a dogleg left then uphill to the green, with a extremely sloped green???? Too many hole with a dogleg left or right.

Course knowledge is a must to play this course.
Went out and played Hunter Ranch mid morning with a couple of friends. Course remains in overall very nice condition. The greens were super smooth and rolling at a fast pace. Cups are also back down in the ground now instead of a couple inches above like they had been for a couple of months. Still no rakes in the bunkers which I somehow avoided all day. The sand traps did look nice though. I noticed one was smooth with only one set up footprints from someone earlier in the morning.

Fairways were showing some signs of browning up from the summer heat but other than aesthetics they didn’t present a problem at all to hit from. Tee boxes had good coverage but a few were a little lumpy. Hunter Ranch saw A LOT of play during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic and even with all the play the course is still in great shape.

We were behind a twosome early but once they let us through we sailed on without a hitch the rest of the day finishing in just under 3 hours.

Restaurant was open for takeout and outside dining. I believe she said they are expected to get the clearance for inside dining this weekend.
Out this morning on N/S. Good conditions as stated previously. Had no issues with tee boxes, fairways or greens. Had the benefit of mowed greens, so they chipped/putted very nicely all round. No experience with the bunkers but they all looked clean and ready for the day. Rough was not deep and it was playable. Customer service was fast, efficient and very good. Course is getting a lot of play.
Pro shop staff was very friendly. Check in was simple and easy. Course was crowded and we waited at every hole, but finished in 4 hours 10 minutes. Not bad. Super tight lies on the fairways and rough. Greens were very good, quicker and soft. Very tough course.
Overview: We-Ko-Pa Golf Club is a 36 hole golf club with the Cholla Course being one of the two courses. Scott Miller designed the Cholla course and it opened for play in December of 2001. The course had a little bit of a re-design in the summer of 2016. We-Ko-Pa is located in the northeast part of the Phoenix in the Fountain Hills/Fort McDowell area. As well as the golf club ... the area also has the We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center and the Fort McDowell Casino (which is being built in a new location and should be open by the end of 2020 or the beginning of 2021

Clubhouse: One of the most unique and beautiful clubhouses that I have seen. As you enter the clubhouse area you have open patio seating with stunning views of Four Peaks, Red Mountain and the Superstition Mountains. To the left is a small restaurant that serves great food at a fair price. To the right of the patio seating is the pro shop that was well stocked and was running a "buy 1 get the 2nd 50% off" sale. The player assistants in the pro shop gave good customer service and they were in for a busy day.

Practice Facility: Very nice practice area with beautiful views of the McDowell Mountains. There are 2 separate practice facilities, but only one was in use on the day that we played. There is also a nice short game area and a large practice putting area. The practice area was in great shape ... even with the temperatures approaching 110 degrees at the end of May.

Course: One of my favorite courses to play ... the Cholla Course winds up and down through arroyos, over desert ridges and allows for some of the best views of the Sonoran Desert because there is no homes or other development on the course. The course was in great shape ... even with the record breaking temperatures that Phoenix has been getting lately. The greens are transitioning back to bermuda after the fall rye overseed. They were very smooth and ran at about a 9.5. Tee boxes and fairways were lush and had a lot of grass coverage. The bunkers were in nice shape too.

Final Thoughts: One of the best courses to play at in the Valley of the Sun ... with the 36 hole golf resort, the resort and conference center for stay and play packages and the new casino being built. This would be a great place to have a GK plays 2 day event. What I really enjoy is that We-Ko-Pa gives AZ residents a very nice reduction in cost to play the course ... not just in the summer months, but also during the high season. If you are in the Phoenix area this is a course that you should definitely play.
Teed off Monday at 6:40 finishing in 4 hours. Prior reviews have it right. The Costa Mesa CC has done a great job keeping the course up during the closure. The greens had been verticut but putted smooth with medium/fast speed and held shots. The fairways had good coverage with a few thin spots but had good lies all day. The rough was good and cut to a playable height. The bunkers had good sand but of course without rakes there were many foot prints. The sand was easy to smooth a spot with my foot then drop my ball and play from the sand. The tee boxes had good coverage with only mild unlevelness. Masks worn in common areas only. Check in was at a window to the pro shop. Waiver had to be signed which can be printed from the website. Staff was Friendly.
6/2 800 tee time sent off a little early 330 POP with a little waiting but overall good flow. Fairways though wet in places from the over night watering are in good shape with good cover and cushion. Rough about 2 inches and thick so often the ball would sit up on top and not bury.
Bunkers on the damp side and could use churning but considering no rakes being left in a more compact state limits the wear and tear from foot traffic.
Tees level with good cover.
Greens are excellent smooth and quick and still receptive to well struck shots.
Layout has good variety and even with having some houses near by there is a secluded feeling. Staff are friendly and golfer oriented. Range was not yet open but putting reen was and provided a good representation of conditions on the course.
Got out at Royal Vista this last Saturday. Played North/South which is not the favorite for this course. Typically East/North is preferred. Pro shop has been stripped of most merchandise. There is a huge plexiglass on the counter now. Guys at check in were friendly and quick.

Plain Jane carts, no gps and 2 per 4some. No solo riders. Course was green and very wet. No rollout of whatsoever. Greens were nice, medium speed but add the pitch and it was a little challenging if you were above the pin. They did some maintenance on a few bunkers removing some of the depth. There was also some white sand in a few. Overall not much to complain about. The bar was open after the round, proper CV19 precautions were taken.

POP was 4 hours.
I played here last Saturday. Course personnel were all wearing masks and gloves. No real requirement for golfers. That was nice. My brother and I each paid about $30 to ride at 6:20 a.m. tee time. Great pace of play and we finished in about just under four hours.

Overall course conditions are on the dry side. Decent grass coverage most everywhere. It appeared that they recently aerated the fairways. I only hit a couple of fairways and I can say the rough was not too penal and I was able to hit decent shots from it. The ball will roll out no matter where you hit it. I saw a few balls motor through the rough, into, and out of bunkers. Even mediocre shots could run out to a decent yardage.

The tee boxes were nice and level. We played the Gold tees, but they all looked good.

The greens were nice. They rolled smooth and true. It did take me some time to hit it firm enough as they were on the slow, grainy side. I fixed a number of ball marks, but it was not terrible.

Sand looked decent and we were able to hit good shots from it. Not too many footprints at the early hour and there were no rakes.

For the $30 rate and good pace of play, I'd do this again. We did see the beverage cart attendant several times and I have to say that the prices were on the high side. A small bottle of water was $3; domestic beer was $6. Ouch! You should definitely bring your own water as all the water stations are down for COVID.
Played June 1st in the morning. The range and putting green are now open. I always enjoy coming out here. I've told a lot of my golf friends about this course over the past years. I just wish I lived closer. Everyone friendly, always great conditions, fast pop and what I feel is the best finishing hole (at least in the top three) in southern California.
With Mesa Linda being in such great condition, despite having played here only a few weeks ago, decided to return. Staff is very efficient and have the covid restrictions down pat. If you have never played this course because of its short yardage, I recommend you give it a try. I used to only play Los Lagos when I played here, but after playing Mesa Linda, it is just so much fun to play, in many ways I prefer it to the "big course" Basically it's a quality course on a small scale.

Right now conditions are so good, best I've seen in years, so recommend it highly. Lots of birdie opportunities.
Played this AM in 3 H. Front 9 slow due to 2 players who jumped in front of our first off group and were SLOW. As they had not checked in with the starter, we had the marshal make them wait and let us through at the turn. We never saw them again and played the back 9 in great time. Course is not much different from last week in regard to conditions. Today it was very wet as they were putting a lot of water on the course, in anticipation of a few hot days. The system they are using for the cups is called E Z lift (This touchless ball retrieval solution is a Cool Golf Thing | Golf › articles › cool-golf-things-ez-li...) and it is really a nice idea. Customer service excellent at all levels. The driving range is now open. They need to lower the Sr rate IMO. We passed that on to management today.
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