The Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa is dramatic to say the least as it plays across desert washes and atop ridges flowing seamlessly into greens tucked into hillsides and desert arroyos. Cholla is one of the most pristine desert golf experiences in the Southwest. Threading through an open expanse overlooking the Verde and Salt River Valleys, Red Mountain, and the Superstition Mountains, Cholla preserves the essence and purity of desert-style golf. In fact, you will often hear as much talk of the setting and sensational views as you will about the incredible golf course at hand.
Open since December 2001, the Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa has garnered countless honors and has quickly become recognized as the reference course for quintessential desert golf. Designed by Scott Miller, this 7,225 yard layout was named by Sports Illustrated as one of the 10 best new public courses in the world shortly after its debut. Since then, Zagat Survey 2007-2008 gives Cholla its highest rating among all Arizona courses and Golfweek ranks the layout #4 on its 2013 list of the state’s best public courses.
Whether you play the Cholla Course or the Saguaro Course, at We-Ko-Pa you’re in for an award-winning desert golf experience unlike any other in Arizona.
Scott Miller – Cholla Course Architect
Scott Miller has more than 25 years of golf course design and construction experience. With over 75 golf courses to his credit, Scott has risen through the ranks to become one of the top designers in the world. Here’s What Scott Miller Had To Say About The Cholla Course at WeKoPa…
“Dramatic on-site features including a variety of lush vegetation, natural drainage corridors and unique topographic conditions make the site ideally suited for a spectacular golf venue. The site’s location offers pristine panoramic vistas, including the McDowell Mountains, Red Mountain, the Verde River and the Matazal Mountains, which are highlighted by the prominence of the often snow-capped Four Peaks formation, further enhancing the natural beauty of the site.
The final, and possibly most important characteristic of the project, is its lack of surrounding land uses, which will allow this venue to be a perpetual native Sonoran Desert retreat.”