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Desert Golf at its Finest

The Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club offers a dramatic test of golf that plays through shady arroyos, over desert ridges and amid some of the most picturesque Sonoran Desert on the planet. For this reason, Cholla is widely considered as one of the most pristine desert golf experiences in the Southwest with nothing to spoil the sweeping views of the nearby river valleys, Red Mountain, Four Peaks and the rest of the majestic Superstition Mountains. The aesthetic charm of Cholla appeals to golfers just as much as its strategic challenge.

Cholla No. 1
Par 4 - 351 Yards
Cholla No. 8
Par 5 - 605 Yards
Cholla No. 11
Par 3 - 220 Yards
Cholla No. 17
Par 5 - 578 Yards

A Masterpiece by Scott Miller

One of his best designs

Cholla is clearly one of Miller’s best designs and embodies some of well-known architect’s favorite philosophies. With clear landing areas and well-defined, noticeable trouble, Cholla weaves through ancient land with a clear risk/reward line on every shot while staying true to the natural land and its gifts.

Desert courses, Miller says, should still allow the traditional recovery shot. “When you’re playing a traditional course out East and you get in trouble in the rough, you can either be a hero and hit through the trees or you can chip out to the fairway and take your penalty. But when you hit into the brittle bush in the desert, it’s often just unplayable. That’s why we give players saving bunkers. We give them the option of strategy. We all like to be challenged, but we want enough area to play.”


Cholla has been recognized by Golfweek as a Top-10 golf course in Arizona for the better part of two decades and is currently ranked as their No. 8 best course in the state.

Recognized by GOLF as a Top-100 course you can play six times, reaching as high as No. 34 in the country. Additionally, Cholla was ranked as high as No. 2 in Arizona.

Golf Digest

Reaching as high as the No. 2 best course in Arizona by Golf Digest, Cholla was also named as a Top-100 course you can play and a Top-10 casino course in the country.

Golf Inc.

When it opened in 2001, Cholla was named by Golf Inc. as the development of the year and recently returned in 2015 as a Top-10 development in the country.

Sports Illustrated

Sports Illustrated recognized Cholla’s early years as one of the best new public courses in the entire world.

36-Hole Package

To get the most out of a trip to We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, take advantage of the 36-hole package which provides the opportunity to play both award-winning golf courses within 72 hours. Unlike most multiple-course facilities in Arizona, the Scott Miller designed Cholla course and the Coore/Crenshaw Saguaro course feature a completely different test of golf.

36-Hole Package includes green fee, golf car, practice balls prior to play and two rounds to be played on the same day or within 72 hours of each other.

To book, you can contact the Golf Shop at 480.836.9000 or 866.660.7700. Or, to book your tee time 24 hours a day through the convenience of online booking.

If you are scheduling tee times for groups of 12 or more, please contact Eric Dettman at 480.789.8703 or

Award-Winning Golf Shop

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Whether you’re looking to stock up on premium golf balls before your round or grab a killer shirt to brag to your buddies, the We-Ko-Pa Golf Shop has everything you need to look and play your best. The shop is always stocked with the newest and hottest brands and even features artisan jewelry handcrafted from members of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation. From golf gear and apparel to keepsakes and gift cards – you can find it in the shop. Want your gear ahead of time? Order online today!