300 East Wigwam Boulevard
Litchfield Park, AZ 85340
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A golf experience at the Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa facilities in Litchfield – located northwest of Phoenix/Scottsdale, features 3 championship courses that are the centerpiece of a full-scale luxury resort. Designed by the prolific and legendary architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr., ASGCA, the golf course is rugged and mature, and as excellent a test of your tee shot-making. The Wigwam Resort’s Golf Course stands as a tribute to the style and difficulty Robert wove into the many golf courses he built. The three two signature championship courses at Wigwam Resort & Spa make it the only resort in Arizona with that distinction. Together, they provide 54 holes of pure golf which offer diversity and playability and separate this resort from others in the state.
The original Wigwam golf course was first laid out in 1929, mostly the Patriot (formerly Blue) Course of today. Later, the Wigwam Gold Course was reworked and after that a Heritage “Red” Course was added, though the Gold Course is the crown jewel. The Patriot Course at the Wigwam facility in Litchfield Park, Arizona is definitely the most quirky of the trio. It features Jones’ trademarks including elevated greens with subtle putting surfaces, elongated tee boxes, and strategic (often large) bunkers and water hazards, and all are in play here. The 18-hole Gold Course features 7,430-yards of golf from its longest tees and is a bit challenging from wherever you tee off. The tees have a par rating of 72, with a slope of 135 on Bermuda grass and its rating is 74.5 slope from the tips. Sand traps are copious on the Gold Course, with narrow fairways leading to small, hard greens whilst canals wind through a healthy blend of pines, deciduous trees, and high, waving palms.
Forrest Richardson, ASGCA, a Phoenix-course architect and design historian, oversaw the renovation of the Gold and Patriot courses in 2005. He did his best to keep this intact, although he had to re-create the last 5 signature holes to add practice facilities and house other changes to the overall golf course complex. Practice facilities include a 350-foot wide duel-ended driving range, target greens, with 3 separate greens for putting, pitching and chipping. Dubbed the “Village Green”, the facility is state-of-art and is among the largest in Arizona.
Beyond the golf experience, Wigwam Golf Course offers an array of first-class amenities and much of its luster has been restored in recent years. The Wigwam Clubhouse features a full-service golf shop stocking the finest in golf apparel and equipment. There is an adjacent restaurant which is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The history of the facility has been preserved, yet it offers modern-day comfort, dining and amenities which add up to a rare overall experience in a place where you might not expect to find it. After 70 years, it is still an excellent example of traditional resort golf.