- 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.
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!