Ocotillo Golf Club reopens to new opportunities

Newest AZ club under Mickelson Golf Properties umbrella

No. 3 on the White Course, 162-yard par 3, demonstrates Ocotillo’s traditional look and feel.

In 1986, Ocotillo Golf Club emerged from the cotton fields of Chandler to become one of Arizona’s finest traditional layouts. Although much has happened since then, the club’s recent acquisition by Mickelson Golf Properties is sure to generate the biggest improvements. 

“We’re thrilled to reopen Ocotillo under the Mickelson Golf Properties umbrella,” said Jim Hamilton, Director of Golf Operations for Buffalo Golf Management. “We look forward to delivering the type of golf and lifestyle experience to our annual members, cardholders and daily fee golfers that lives up to the lofty standards set by one of the game’s best.”

Ocotillo joins Palm Valley Golf Club in Goodyear and McDowell Mountain Golf Club in Scottsdale, pinning down the corners of The Valley of the Sun. And the new Oasis Card and annual memberships provide opportunities to play all three, in addition to private clubs in the collection – The Rim Golf Club, The Golf Club at Chaparral Pines and The Stone Canyon Club. Plus, the group’s affiliation with OB Sports Golf Management opens the door to more golf experiences throughout Arizona, Nevada, SoCal and more. 

“Once we settled in, we made a few capital investments to improve playing conditions, including a completely revamped irrigation system,” said Hamilton. “This allows us to more effectively and efficiently water the golf course to provide exceptional conditions, while at the same time, preserving the most precious resources in the Southwest.”

All 27 holes will be ready for play November 12 after overseeding. Ted Robinson put his signature on the original layouts surrounded by mature trees and myriad water hazards. It’s a traditional challenge with a modern flare that is a refreshing departure from Arizona’s many desert golf courses.

Not only does the golf experience make the cut, the lifestyle swirling around the game also is well represented. The golf shop is stocked with the latest equipment and apparel sporting the logo commemorating Phil’s iconic victory leap. The clubhouse makes a strong statement with ample special event space, and the Ocotillo Grille serves up an assortment of American family favorites in a reimagined sports-themed pub decked out with memorabilia.

Although Ocotillo Golf Club has been around from more than 30 years, it’s a great time to check it out again. With new leadership comes new vision. It will be interesting to see what Lefty has in store.