Photo Review: Quintero Golf Club


  • Peoria, Arizona
  • Public – Daily Fee
  • Rees Jones (2000)
  • 84th public in the US (Golf Digest)

Arizona’s golf landscape is saturated, with over 300 golf courses within the borders. Phoenix in particular is a rich in public golf options, between WeKoPa, Troon, Verrado, Camelback, Papago, Boulders, Greyhawk, Wickenburg Ranch, and Quintero, the highest ranked public golf course in the state.

Rees Jones’ 2000 creation sits on a really dramatic piece of desert landscape up near Lake Pleasant, just Northwest of Phoenix. This golf course gets lots of Instagram attention, and rightfully so, there’s some pretty holes out here.

Front Nine

The approach tho the short par 4, 1st at Quintero
From the right side of the fairway at the par 5, 2nd
The tee shot at the par 4, 3rd at Quintero Golf Club
The approach to the 460 yard par 4, 4th
The 5th plays straight uphill, adding length to the 374 yards it says on the card
The first of three downhill, long-ish par 3’s comes at the 6th, playing 220 on the card, is never more than a 7 iron
The approach to the mid length par 4, 7th, a much better uphill hole than the 5th
Looking up to the 8th green from the fairway on this long par 5
One of the desert’s most Insta-famous holes, the 9th plays similar to the 6th, with a mid to short iron in hand from 212 yards

Back Nine

My vote for the best hole at Quintero comes at the 521 yard, par 5 10th
Another good hole at Quintero comes on the 11th, which forces the player to challenge the bunker for the best angle in
The approach to the mid length par 4, 12th
No surprises here, the par 3 13th plays 212 on the card
The second par 5 on the back features a well guarded green coming in
One of my favorite holes comes at the 15th, which is a short par 4
225 yards on the card, the 16th is yet another par 3 downhill. The four par 3’s have a total of 12 yards difference on the card
A short par 4 bending up the hill to the right awaits players on the penultimate hole
The 434 yard par 4, 18th tumbles back down the hill and leaves an inviting approach for those who find the fairway

This is desert golf and mountain golf in the same golf course, with some really good holes (10, 11, 14, 15) to throw into the mix, with some boring holes as well (2, 3, 5, 9). Overall, I’d say Quintero is good. I’m not going to run home about it because I think there’s better public options in the city. One of the biggest strengths in the publics eye is the par 3’s, they’re all pretty and they catch your eyes. However, 6, 9, 16 all play downhill, and 9 and 14 both play over water, not to mention they all play within 12 yards on the card of each other. They make for good picture, I’ll admit, but the variety isn’t there, and could’ve been there on such a dramatic property. Other than that, I don’t have a problem with Quintero at all. The 3rd is a bit goofy, swooping around a pond that easily could’ve been the natural desert wash or desert scrub instead to make the hole feel less artificial, but I do think that the back nine is a lot better than the front, with the exception of 1 and 8 which are solid. It’s worth a play to say you’ve been, but if you’re looking for a place to play multiple rounds, there’s better courses architecturally out there, but maybe not many places easier on the camera!

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