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Aguila Golf Course Review – A Must Play in Phoenix

If you need a great golf course to play year round – Aguila is a top pick. If you’re a local to AZ, it’s one of the best deals in the valley. 

The great conditions, a fun layout, par 3 course, solid practice facility, and low-cost makes this a no-brainer choice. In this Aguila golf course review, I’ll take you through why I think it’s the best city course in the Phoenix area.

Aguila Golf Course Review

Aguila is a par 72 championship golf course that is more than 7,000 yards from the tips. It has a great mix of par 3s, par 4s, and par 5s for a fun day. Water comes into play on several holes as does the desert area – which is playable in a lot of situations. 

Aguila also hosts a ton of different competitive events each year including WM Open qualifying, AZ Open qualifying, and the AGA Championship. The course is also in the rotation for the Phoenix City Championship in April and the Phoenix City 2-Man Championship in December. 


  • Par 72
  • Laveen, AZ 
  • Opened in 1999 
  • Designed by Gary Panks 
  • Owned by City of Phoenix

Practice Facility

Aguila has one of the best practice facilities in the valley – especially for city courses. Unfortunately, most public golf courses in Arizona don’t have a chipping green (or bunker) and/or hit off mats a lot. But you won’t have to worry about that Aguila.

Aguila golf course has a great practice facility that includes a huge all grass driving, massive putting green, and solid short-game area. The short game area allows you to hit shots up to about 20–30 yards with a good practice bunker.

Not to mention, there is an additional nine hole executive course as well. If you want to hone your short irons and wedges even more, this is a great option. It’s a great course for junior golfers to get introduced to the game, too. 

Course Overview + Conditions 

Aguila is a city course that is consistently in good shape year round. I don’t know what the greenskeeper and his team do out there, but kudos to them. I’ve played this course in January for WM Open qualifiers, March for AGA events, in summer, and December for the 2-man PHX City Championship. Pretty much regardless of when you play, it’s in great shape. 

Like most golf courses in Phoenix, the greens and overall conditions are better October – May, but even in summer it’s solid. For the price, it’s hard to beat this golf course.

AGA Championship at Aguila

Noteworthy Holes on Aguila Golf Course 

Hole 3: Par 3 – 201 yards 

The first two holes are pretty easy and a good chance to make a birdie (or two). But the third hole is a tough par 3 at 200 yards from the tips with bunkers surrounding the green. 

Missing short is the best play, as long is likely trouble. Aim for the middle of the green regardless of pin position to give yourself the best chance at par. 

Hole 8: Par 4 – 309 yards

This is my favorite hole on the golf course as a lot can happen. It’s 309 yards from the tips, but plays closer to 290 if you take on the green with your drive.

It’s a decent sized landing area as long as you hit 255 yards. Missing left is better than right, as you’ll likely lose it in the penalty area. A good drive can set up an eagle putt – which I finally made after a lot of attempts during the 2023 AZ Open qualifying. 

Hole 9: Par 4 – 441 yards

The finishing hole on the front nine is a good test with two well positioned fairway bunkers. Even if you hit a good drive, you still need to navigate the narrow front part of the green. 

Plus, there is sand and water looming right. Missing left to avoid the trouble also leaves you with a difficult up and down. 

8th hole at Aguila golf course

Hole 12: Par 4 – 460 yards

The 10th and 11th hole are pretty easy (if you keep it in play) but the 12th gives a lot of golfers trouble… myself included. If you pull your tee shot left at all, you’ll likely be in the brush and have to chip out. 

The green is also very long, with a huge ridge in the back third. Par is a great score on this tough par 4. 

Hole 13: Par 3 – 138 yards

From the scorecard, this hole looks easy, but it’s not the case. Despite its length, you need to hit a great shot to keep it on the green. Anything left, short, or right will likely spin off the green for a difficult up and down.

The green seems to also spin, so I suggest hitting a knockdown shot so it hits and stops. Be careful on downhill putts, as they can get away from you if you hit it too hard. 

Hole 17: Par 4 – 360 yards 

The final four holes make for a strong finish at Aguila. This hole was recently lengthened (used to be 321 from the tips) and driveable for long players. But now it’s a standard two shot hole for most golfers.

A good tee shot is required to thread the needle from the water left and the deep bushes/desert area right. You’ll only have a wedge into the green, but there is a false front and multiple ridges that can make it tough to give yourself a close birdie putt.

18th hole at Aguila golf course


How is Aguila golf course rated?

After playing hundreds of golf courses in Arizona, Aguila is a top pick – especially for a city golf course. The conditions are solid year round and it’s one of the best deals in golf. 

Is Aguila golf course good for kids?

Yes, Aguila is a great place for kids to learn the game of golf. The practice facility is in fantastic shape and has good prices. Plus, the 9-hole course at Aguila is a great

Can you just practice at Aguila? 

Yes, you can go to Aguila to practice even if you don’t have a tee time. They have a huge all grass driving range, chipping green (with practice bunker), and massive putting green.

Can you walk Aguila?

You can ride or walk at Aguila. It’s pretty flat and an easy walk as there isn’t a huge distance between holes.

What is the Aguila 9?

This is a nine hole executive golf course that is at the same facility as the championship golf course and practice facility. 

Does Aguila have a men’s club?

Yes, Aguila does have a men’s club with monthly competitions.

Michael Leonard golf at Aguila

Overall Recommendation

I’m giving Aguila golf course a 9/10 because the conditions are always so good. Is it the most beautiful golf course in Arizona? Definitely not, but the conditions are what I care about more than the scenic views. 

If I got invited to play this course or Papago golf course, I’d choose Aguila all day. 

Aguila is also a great test of golf with no gimmicky holes. The course offers a solid mix of par 3s, 4s, and 5’s for a great challenge. When the wind picks up and the greens are firm, it’s a challenging golf course. 

I highly recommend playing this golf course and using the practice facility if you live close by. You won’t be disappointed! 

If you plan to play regularly, make sure to get the Phoenix Golf Premium Card (or the Phoenix Golf Premium Senior Card if you’re over 62 years old). These cards are $50 plus tax for the first year and $30 for renewal. It’s a great deal to give you discounts at other city courses to save money year round. 

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