The Cholla course at We-Ko-Pa Golf Club, which opened in 2001, was designed by architect Scott Miller and is the original course at this club located near Scottsdale, Ariz. While the Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw-designed Saguaro course at We-Ko-Pa tends to be rated higher by panelists, a good amount of golfers who come to the 36-hole golf club still prefer the Cholla, which plays longer from the championship tees at 7,225 yards.
You could argue the Cholla, while appearing a little more "designed" than the more laid-out Saguaro, has more spectacular holes, including a collection of standout par 3s. The par 5s are also very dramatic, none more than the 600-plus yard downhill eighth.
Both We-Ko-Pa golf courses are walker friendly and sit on Native American reservation land owned by the Yavapai tribe. Quite unique to the Valley of the Sun is that there is no residential component attached to the golf course, making the course one of the most natural plays in the desert.
Both courses play out of the 21,000-square-foot clubhouse that features a pro shop, bar and grill, plus great practice facilities on site.