We-Ko-Pa Golf Club - Cholla Course

4.5 stars out of 5
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18200 East Toh Vee Circle
Fort McDowell, Arizona 85264
Maricopa County
Phone(s): (866) 660-7700, (480) 836--9000

The Cholla course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club is the original, Scott Miller design that plays to a challenging 7,225 yards from the tips. Though perhaps more challenging than the neighboring Saguaro, the Cholla features more forced carries but less bunkers, only 75 of them spread over the entire golf course. You’re far more likely to contend with the natural sand of the surrounding Sonora desert.

Cholla at We-Ko-Pa GC: #17

The Cholla course is the original course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club near Scottsdale, designed by Scott Miller. Like its newer sister course, the Seguaro, the Cholla is routed through unspoiled Sonoran desert, full or wash, cacti, ironweed and natural boulders.

There are no houses to spoil the round of golf here (and no out-of-bounds stakes, either).

It is perhaps a more demanding golf course than the Seguaro, with the desert coming more into play on holes, which feature several intimidating forced carries.

No. 8, a 587-yard par-5, is a downhill dogleg that runs along a box canyon. Your approach must carry an arroyo waste area to a pint-size putting surface. The par-3s at Cholla are definite challenges: playing at 178-, 207-, 220- and 177-yards, respectively. The 345-yard, par-4 15th requires an accurate tee shot; anything short and left will be swallowed by the course’s largest arroyo canyon. No. 18 might be the course’s hardest, if it’s playing into the wind. This 432-yard par 4 is all downhill to a split fairway that is fronted by an arroyo forced carry and two huge traps. Then there’s the approach, carrying water.

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Golf course details

  • Holes: 18
  • Designed by: Scott Miller
  • Public/Private: Public/Resort
  • Year opened: 2001
  • Golf Season: Year round
  • Guest Policy: Open
  • Tee times welcomed: Yes
  • Fairways: Bermuda Grass
  • Greens: TiffDwarf Grass


  • Pro in house: Yes
  • Driving range: Yes
  • Rental clubs: Yes
  • Rental carts: Yes

Green fees price ranges

  • Week days: $75 - $190
  • Weekends: $75 - $190

Course policies

  • Metal spikes allowed: No
  • Dress code: Proper golf attire, no denim.
  • Credit cards accepted: Yes

Length, slope and rating for each tee

Tee Par Yardage Slope Rating
Purple 72 6740 133 70.7
Composite 72 6436 126 69.4
White 72 6114 119 67.5
White (W) 72 6114 130 73.6
Green 72 5289 124 69.3
Cholla 72 7225 138 73.4

Reader Ratings / Reviews

  • 4 stars out of 5
    by Zach
    on July 28th, 2011 16:52
    The course was in good condition, very little dryspots for late in the Summer. There's a good mix of holes from long par 5's to reachable par 4's. Theres also a ton of wildlife, coyotes,lizards,roadrunners, and a snake were spotted in our 18 hole adventure. A typical pristine desert course.
  • 4.5 stars out of 5
    by Ryan Jette
    on April 23rd, 2011 08:28
    The Cholla course was the better of the two (in my opinion). It was a little more forgiving than the Saguaro course. The tee boxes are elevated above the surrounding desert. Beautiful par 3's. Watch out for the rattlesnakes on this course, especially around the rock walls.
    Great course.
  • 5 stars out of 5
    by Tom Karalis
    on January 13th, 2011 20:52
    I have had the pleasure of playing both WeKoPa courses and they are every bit of 5 stars. Conditioning - perfect; scenary - perfect; Staff - perfect; Golf test - As tough as you want it to be...perfect.

    'Nough said!
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