Wildfire: Palmer Signature


5225 E Pathfinder Dr
Phoenix, AZ 85054

Zagat Survey (Scale of 0 to 30)


"A real challenge" that's "honest and playable", this youngish Palmer desert beauty is "not as well known as its neighbors", but it's making its mark as the first of two ambitious Wildfire layouts, with spectacular views of Camelback Mountain and Squaw Peak, superb conditioning and a forgiving design with solid bunkering and generous landing areas; though the clubhouse is "still under construction", the track is bound to please vacationers who check into the JW Marriott when it opens in November 2002.

Well, it is past November but I had to quote Zagat Survey as it was printed. I haven't been out to check out their new clubhouse yet!

Profile: This club has two championship eighteen hole courses situated in the Sonoran Desert. The Palmer Course is a desert-style layout with all of the holes framed by desert. There are several sectioned fairways. Target-style golf must be utilized, forcing players to be accurate with their ball placement. The greens are fairly large with slight undulations, making precise putting important to achieving a good score. Many of the locals say the course is more difficult than the slope ratings indicate. The Nick Faldo designed Faldo Championship Course opened January 2002 and is best described as an Australian sand belt style track. The fairways are surrounded by desert and lined with Saguaro cactus. The greens are large (averaging 7,000 square-feet), undulating and fast. There are no water hazards whatsoever on this course.

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