When it comes to respected golf publications, few – if any – have the clout of GOLF.com. And when a dozen or so editors of the publication were in Scottsdale for the Top-100 Teachers Summit in November, that meant a little bit of time to get in a few rounds of golf in arguably one of the country’s best golf destinations. Where did the GOLF.com editors decide to go? We-Ko-Pa of course.
“At GOLF.com, the sport isn’t just our job but a passion. In this month’s editors’ picks, we’re dishing on the best courses, training aids, grub and more we discovered in November 2022.” – from GOLF.com
With little free time and, you know, an actual job to do, GOLF.com’s own Josh Berhow could only play one of We-Ko-Pa Golf Club’s award-winning tracks. But, boy, did he have a good time. Here’s what Josh had to say about We-Ko-Pa’s Cholla course and if you want to read the entire article (we suggest you do that immediately after reading this), you can find it right here https://golf.com/lifestyle/editors-picks-november-2022/.
“A dozen GOLF.com staffers spent a few sunny days in Scottsdale in mid-November for the Top 100 Teachers Summit, and for us in the northern part of the U.S., that meant bonus golf. I left the snow behind and teed it up twice in Arizona, and the round I played before my flight took off — the Cholla Course at We-Ko-Pa — was a fond farewell to the area.
Cholla usually doesn’t rank as high as the other 18 at We-Ko-Pa, the Saguaro, designed by Coore and Crenshaw, but the Scott Miller design is still one of the best public courses in the state. While the Saguaro seems more linksy, the Cholla calls for more target golf.
But target golf too often becomes confused with golf that’s too penal, and that’s not the case here. Fairways are wide and there’s still some room to play shots if you trickle into the desert (if one of the strategic bunkers doesn’t save you first). There’s a good variety of risk/reward options and the greens are huge, most guarded with tight run-off areas that collect poorly hit shots.
Few spots beat the value you find at We-Ko-Pa — and even fewer have a better breakfast burrito offered at the turn.” — Josh Berhow, GOLF.com