As disappointing as the Piipaash course is, the O’Odham is a fine public golf course designed by Bill Coore/Ben Crenshaw on a flat piece of land. Unlike the Piipaash where seemingly every green looks and feels the same, there is good variety of size and definition to the greens on the O’Odham course. As there is more yardage on the course, the routing offers more variety as well, from a short 153 yard par 3 to a 582 yard par 5.
This is not a golf course that will offer anything either unique or special either in its routing or bunkering, but this is a fine public option if one cannot get on the numerous better public options in the greater Phoenix/Tempe/Scottsdale area.
The better holes are the fourth requiring a carry across a wash and bunkers, the short eighth par 3, the long par 3 eleventh hole due to the fronting bunkers providing a nice visual, the twelfth with the ravine requiring one to determine whether to carry the waste area and ravine to shorter the line to the green or play more safely out to the right, and the eighteenth as a long dogleg left par 4 with well placed bunkers to carry for a shot to the green.
There are many dull holes as well such as the first, second, tenth, thirteenth and sixteen.
However, the greens are interesting enough with nice slopes, and tilts. They are inconsistent in terms of pace which is a bit frustrating, but overall they are the best part of the golf course.
Unless one is staying on property at the Talking Stick casino or in town for minor-league baseball, there is no reason to play here more than once and there are many better public options nearby for about the same price, and possibly less expensive. For residents, there is a good membership option that makes this a decent course to play at a fraction of the price.
Date: March 09, 2020