Featuring bentgrass greens, the Big Wick course at Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club is a Bill Brownlee and Wendell Pickett design with the somewhat unusual configuration of six par threes, five par fives and seven par fours.
Complemented by the floodlit Li’l Wick 9-hole par three course, Big Wick opened for public play in 2015, with fairways routed across a rolling landscape of canyons and arroyos close to Vulture Peak and Prescott National Forest.
Holes with water hazards don’t feature too often here but when they do they’re pretty spectacular – at the par three 13th (“Big Water”) for instance, where a large lake hugs the right side of the green, and the par five 14th (“Yikes”), with ponds on either side of the fairway.
This was our first ever desert course as we entered Arizona from the west travelling across the barren Mojave from LAX and then turning left off I10 to the town of Wickenburg. What an exciting adventure it was to play a course surrounded mainly by the local desert - as well as a few houses it has to be said. This is an undulating course with many outstanding holes winding through the desert and providing superb vistas of the nearby mountains. The ribbons of green were spectacular in the otherwise dry landscape. The par 3s were delightful as they seem well suited visually to a desert environment - especially with elevated tee boxes. The course was in great condition so all good on that front. The pro shop were friendly and welcomed us warmly. A terrific entree to Arizona golf, Big Wick compares favorably with all the good courses we played in Scottsdale.