The Wigwam

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Experience three desert oasis golf courses at The Wigwam and play a challenging – yet memorable – game among cascading streams, canals, and ponds.

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historic emerald fairways at The Wigwam, the only resort in Arizona to offer 54 holes of championship golf, and experience golf on one of the Southwest's last remaining resorts built for a pure golf experience. Scottish gardener
Jacques Phillip designed and dug the resorts original nine holes in 1930, shortly after The Wigwam hotel opened in 1929. The resort was originally operated by the Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, which had created the complex as a vacation destination for its high-ranking executives. Phillip knew that Goodyear executives enjoyed the game, so he used his tractor to build them a course. The tee boxes, fairways, and greens were all made of sand with thick oil on the greens to keep the sand from blowing away.

In the early 1940s, Vernon Oren “Red” Allen, the club’s head golf professional, completed an additional nine holes and planted grass on all 18 holes. The Wigwam remained an 18-hole golf course until the mid-1960s, when Allen convinced Robert Trent Jones, Sr. to design and build the Gold and Blue Courses. Jones Sr. was one of the most prolific golf architects in American history, having designed more than 500 courses in 45 U.S. states, as well as 35 other countries. Among the venues that he designed include Mauna Kea Beach Hotel’s golf course and Pinehurst No. 4. Robert “Red” Lawrence then added the Red Course to the resort grounds in 1972. A noted landscape architect himself, Lawrence had also designed a series of fairways at the Tubac golf Resort & Spa. “Red Course” is even named after Lawrence in his honor.

Nicknamed "Arizona's Monster," the Gold Course is one of two courses designed by Robert Trent Jones, the resort and is its most historic. Jones Sr. specifically built the course to rival another one he crafted at the Firestone Country Club called the "South Course." After months of construction, the Wigwam’s Gold Course opened for play in 1965. The first foursome to play the 18-hole course in the early 1940s included Scottish-American professional golfer Jimmy Thomson, Horton Smith, Lawson Little and VO “Red” Allen. Little won the U.S. Open in 1940 and Smith won the first Masters tournament in 1934 (and again in 1936). Other notable players at The Wigwam include actor Clint Eastwood and PGA TOUR stars Brooks Koepka, Justin Thomas, and Bryson DeChambeau.

Each course, The Gold, Blue, and Red, offers unique challenges that add extraordinary twists and turns. The Gold Course is long and winding at more than 7,430 yards at par-72 and will challenge even the best golfer. But on the Blue Course, golfers will expand their problem-solving skills as they figure out how to negotiate several treacherous bunkers, magnetic ponds, and challenging, expansive fairways on The Wigwam’s second Robert Trent Jones, Sr., course. At 6,000 yards and par-70, the Blue Course offers a "sporty challenge" to golfers even with the sharpest of technical skills. Finally, Robert “Red” Lawrence’s 6,900-yard, par-72 Red Course is a natural complement to Jones’s Gold and Blue Courses. It is built alongside plenty of natural waters and lush trees. The fairways and greens are expansive, but the finishing stretch is a test for anyone. For guests interested in a golf experience, The Wigwam offers golf packages suited to the needs of every kind of traveler, from family vacations to golf-intensive trips. The Wigwam opened in Litchfield Park, Arizona, in 1929 and was inducted into Historic Hotels of America in 2010.


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