Cocopah RV & Golf Resort Review

Texas Outside Rating: 6.2

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 73
Yuma, AZ
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Date Last Played: February 17, 2011

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Cocopah RV & Golf Resort Review

Cocopah RV & Golf Course is home to an 18 hole, par 73 golf course that winds through the RV resort.  The golf course has three sets of tee boxes with yardages ranging from 5300 to 5719 yards and a rating of 102 to 116 - which means that the course is very playable for all skill levels. The forward tees are 5300 yards with a rating of 116 - a little long and challenging for most women.  In fact, pick the right set of tee boxes, keep the ball in the fairway, and you may be able to start bragging about all the birdies and collect your bets at the Cocopah Cantina. 

The 18 holes play through the RV park and a majority of the fairways are lined with motor homes or park models.  Holes six to ten head out of the park and toward the banks of the Colorado River and rich and fertile farm land.  If you can overlook the park models and RVs, you'll see some majestic mountains, trees, and mesas.  #17 and #18 are away from the RV sites and 18 plays along the Colorado River bank. 

The front nine is very straightforward and gives you an opportunity to turn in a very good score if you can keep the ball in the fairway.   The back is a little more interesting with water that can come into play on five holes, a couple dog legs, a forced carry over the lake,  a risk reward opportunity to try and fly the trees for a birdie, and some tighter fairways. 

The fairways are flat (making Cocopah a great walking course) and from the tee box you can see the pin and what you're up against.  A scattering of trees and tall palms line the fairways and most of the fairways are a little narrow, which means you may end up next to a $200,000 motorhome!  The fairways were in average condition with some spotty patches. 

The greens are mostly oval and flat with minor slope.  They seemed a little smaller than normal, most were slightly elevated, and they ran true but a little slow. 

The bunkers have good sand and are protecting the greens.  Most of them have a very small lip. 

There are some fun holes like #18 with a slightly elevated tee box and 520 yards down a tight fairway and #12 a 364 yard par 4 with a carry over a small lake to a dog leg right green. 

During the winter season, Cocopah stays very busy and the pace of play can be slow thanks to fivesomes, retirees, and walkers. 

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Blue 5,719 68.0 111
White 5,485 66.8 102
Red 5,300 70.6 116

Course Information

Greens Type:
Bermuda
Greens Condition
8.0
Greens Difficulty
6.0
GPS:
No
Beware of water on 3 holes and the 34 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
6.2 out of 10
Beauty:
5.0
Difficulty:
6.0
Variety:
5.0
Fun to Play:
6.0
Value:
8.0
Condition:
7.0
Front Nine Rating:
6.0
Back Nine Rating:
6.5
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$29.00 to $32.00

The pro shop is very well stocked and the staff is very friendly and outgoing. There is a range, chipping area, and two putting greens for you to warm up on prior to your round. The Cocopah Grill serves a very good cheeseburger at reasonable prices. And the Cantina is the perfect place to settle your bets over a cold beer.

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Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking. 

 

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