We-Ko-Pa Resort

We-Ko-Pa Resort

If you’re looking to add a little style to your next buddy trip, then you should really consider the We-Ko-Pa Resort in Fort McDowell, Az.

A beautiful desert retreat, the resort, owned by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, is located right up the road from Scottsdale and Phoenix and offers the perfect location to enjoy some great golf and the legendary sunshine that Arizona is famous for.

Start your day with a round of golf at one of the We-Ko-Pa’s two 18-hole championship courses, the Saguaro and the Cholla, take a swim in the super-sized pool or book a spa treatment to wind down, enjoy a great dinner at one of the resort’s incredible restaurants, then head into Old Town Scottsdale for the evening to enjoy the bars and nightlife offerings or visit the Fort McDowell Casino and try your luck.


With almost 250 deluxe guest rooms and suites, finding just the right spot for your home base won’t be difficult. With amazing views of the surrounding Sonoran Desert and mountains, the inviting pool, or the “so perfect you could eat off them” fairways of the golf courses, rooms are loaded with amenities including complimentary high-speed Internet access, plush Simmons luxury beds, flat-screen HDTV’s, newspapers, oversized bathrooms, and coffee makers.

Even with the limitless supply of great restaurants at your fingertips in the area, you may never have to leave the resort which offers seven unique dining options featuring cuisine from across the globe. The award-winning Ahnala Mesquite Room creates delicious Mexican, Native American, and mesquite-grilled dishes utilizing locally-sourced ingredients. Other choices include the Silver Platter (burgers and shakes), A New York Deli, Red Rock Buffet, We-Ko-Pa Grille (clubhouse dining at the golf course), Noodles Sushiya (Chinese and Vietnamese inspired noodles), and Café 87 (casual dining).


The walker-friendly par-71, 6,966-yard Coore and Crenshaw-designed Saguaro course and the par-72, 7,225-yard Scott Miller-designed Cholla course offer a true natural desert golf experience with no homes or condos in sight. Here, saguaros, desert flora, and spectacular views are the order of the day. The refreshing variety of doglegs, both wide and tight fairways, simple to very tricky green complexes, and generous landing zones create a challenging yet super enjoyable experience for golfers of all skill levels.

The resort offers golf stay and play deals including the Hole in One and Golf for Two packages.

With incredible golf, spectacular food, sunshine for days, and a laundry list of on- and off-site activities, a trip to the We-Ko-Pa Resort is sure to be a highlight.

Buddy Trip Cost


Travel (by car)

30 minutes from Phoenix, 2 hours from Tucson, 5 hours from Las Vegas  






  • Saguaro: Bill Coore, Ben Crenshaw (2006)
  • Cholla: Scott Miller (2001)