We-Ko-Pa Golf Club
Nice Course, Rude staff
Played Saturday with 12 low to mid handicappers mostly retired 50-60 year old law enforcement. It was our last of 4 day trip, and found your course to be nice shape, good lay out, my 4 some was following a 3some in our group and was in front of a 4some in our group. I pride myself in being a quick golfer, and always get my group in line with pace of play, but due to the course being new to us, we were slightly behind the group in front, but at least a hole and a half in front of group behind us. I was having a great time, 42 on front, drove close to several par 4s, great scenery, nice greens.......until a young (25?) ranger approached us on about the 12-13th hole. He
started out with a very dry, no personality question, "gentlemen, how's it going", but then
instructed us very rudely to speed it up as we had dropped a hole behind the group in front. I explained I had to take about 10 minutes to find my wedge to which he said nothing but his face said "I don't care". At that time my group of experienced golfers let it go, but commented he was rude and ridiculous to tell us to speed up, when we weren't slowing anybody down. Then 1-2 holes ahead, still out of sight of group in back of us, he came back, same no personality question,
" gentlemen how's everything" ..he must have seen an episode of COPs and was trying the good cop/ bad cop with him playing both sides# then started with what I can only describe a lecture to 4 paying customers 25-35 years his elder, pointing his finger at us and said to us, "this is your second and last warning, to speed it up!" At that point one of our group said " we can't play any faster" #that guy shot a 85#. I only wished I had though to ask, "or what?" I haven't been dressed down like that since I was 10. I let his ridiculous orders get to me and played the next 3 holes in 11 over, finishing
with a 94! The incident obviously ruined my round and put a bad taste in my mouth for the 5 day golf trip. I spoke to an older ranger and let him know how rude the kid was. After the incident I called each foursome and stopped them buying beer/water from the beverage girl, we decided not to eat in the restaurant, and refused to tip the bag guys. Hopefully I was able to stop about $500 in revenue. Too many nice courses in Arizona to put up this. Needless to say, the course is off our list for our next trip, and will tell everyone that I come in contact with in Florida at two different country clubs to which I'm a member, never to play at this course. This "kid" had no people skills, he seemed to be a "cop want to be" and let the power go to his head. Rangers need to be older and have some people skills.
June 1, 2015
Beautiful Desert Course and Very Challenging
The Saguaro Course is excellent. It is in a beautiful desert setting, with no homes, etc. bordering the holes or the property. I would have rated the conditions 5 star except that the tee boxes and fairways had just been mowed down in anticipation of aeration. Consequently, the fairways and tee boxes were yellow looking. This didn't affect play -- the fairways were otherwise in good shape and played firm.
The greens were in good shape and pose subtle challenges. They are not severe looking or acting, but nor are they easy or flat. Another way of saying that is that I could two putt every green, but one putts were tough.
The 1st and 18th holes are long par 4s. Otherwise, a lot of the par 4s were short, which I like. I am not a long hitter, but I do tend to be accurate off the tee with a 3 wood or less, so I would resist the temptation to bomb away and would hit a long iron/hybrid and find the fairway, leaving myself a wedge or 9 iron in on the short par 4s.
The facilities are nice, without being luxurious or such. Very comfortable and nice for "public" access golf, without the extravagance of an expensive private club.
The course was designed with walking in mind and I would like to walk the course the next time I play it. No one appeared to be walking when I was there, so that may be more of a late in the day kind of thing. The tee boxes are close to the preceding greens, except in one instance on the back 9.
I enjoyed this course a lot and I appreciated the risk/reward aspect of many of the holes.
I definitely will play again!
October 7, 2014
I had read about this course and was happy to see it was in the rotation on our 2013 buddies trip - we played the Cholla course. The course itself was challenging and the desert views were fantastic. Looking forward to our 2014 trip, we will be playing the Cholla again and also adding the Saguaro track
July 14, 2014
There are two courses at We Ko Pa, I played Saguaro. Wide fairways, rocks and desert for rough. Fairways where lush and green but very firm. Greens rolled true, about a 10, and they where also very firm. I had difficulty with keeping the ball on the green.
April 7, 2014
WeKoPa was a very nice track. Not a tight as you may think, but plenty of challenges along the way.
Great facility, staff and course.
I was on vacation, and was told this is a must to play. I would put this on the list. It is pricey, but when in Rome.....
February 4, 2014
Beautiful Desert Course!!
I was really blown away by the beauty of this golf course.
September 28, 2013