We-Ko-Pa is a golf course in Fort McDowell, AZ on the Fort McDowell Indian Reservation. It is composed of two courses, Saguaro and Cholla, both of which are award winning courses. Saguaro has been ranked the number one course you can play by Golfweek’s annual rankings for 12 of the last 13 years. Cholla has also routinely held a top 10 position on the list. As it is on an Indian reservation, the land surrounding the club will never be developed, so the views will be panoramic for generations to come. Overall, We-Ko-Pa is one of the best courses in the valley, and shouldn’t be missed, so stay tuned for some tips for visiting We-Ko-Pa Golf Club.
Cholla is a pristine desert golf experience, with no development to spoil the view, and opened in 2001. It has quickly become one of Arizona’s most celebrated courses. The architect, Scott Miller, has spent 25 years designing over 75 courses. His goal for Cholla was the best views possible, and he succeeds, with views of the McDowell Mountains, Red Mountain, Verde River, and the Matazal Mountains, including the beautiful, snow capped Four Peaks formation.
Now for some tips for visiting We-Ko-Pa golf club. Cholla crosses canyons and plays harder than it rates, unlike the flatter Saguaro course. It has deep drop offs on several holes, and a bit of water comes into play on holes 9 and 18. The greens aren’t too tough to manage, and the course is kept in good shape even in the summer heat, with little to no burn. Overall, a well maintained challenge with spectacular views! Check it out here.
Saguaro is a soaring experience, very different from Cholla, and much easier to navigate, although certainly not boring! They built Saguaro for walking, with greens built near to the next tee, and it follows the land, they didn’t move much dirt during construction. Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw built the course together, with an emphasis on the land’s natural movement, and an effort to create a course that challenges people to try new shots, without compromising ease of play. Wide landing areas, lots of room around the greens for people who aren’t great with irons, and consistent, true greens, make for an overall great experience on Saguaro. Check it out here.