Ken McDonald Golf Course

3.5438941176 3.5 stars from 5 (445)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6743 yards
  • Slope: 125
  • Rating: 71.5
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "The Core Golf Academy"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 6743 yards 71.5 125
Middle 72 6316 yards 69.6 118
Forward (W) 73 5782 yards 71.4 116

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 445 Reviews
5 stars:
59
4 stars:
225
3 stars:
110
2 stars:
33
1 stars:
18

recommend this course

368 out of 443 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near the airport worth the drive   Great for locals walkers seniors   Challenges include bunkers water hazards narrow fairways   Great for drinks brunch 19th hole specials  

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Reviews


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"ranger"


garryhill's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the is the slowest i have ever played at Ken McDonald...the group ahead of my group sat at every tee box for 15-20 minutes just talking. They were two holes behind the group ahead of them. This was addressed several times to the ranger, who knew the slow group personally. Nothing was ever done about it on a par four there was actually 4 foursomes waiting .


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 12/13/2017:

Hello garryhill, thank you for taking the time to write a review of our course. We are sorry about the subpar pace of play and we appreciate your feedback on our ranger. Your feedback has been escalated to the appropriate departments. Thank you for visiting Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again soon.

"Course in very good shape"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in very good shape. The greens ran true and the fairways were also in good shape without barren spots. Staff-as always-very friendly.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 12/12/2017:

Hello michael51, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and found our staff friendly! Thank you for playing Ken Mcdonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again the next time you are in the Tempe area.


u345611719's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/02/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 12/05/2017:

Hello, thank you for the taking the time to write a review of our course. We are glad you enjoyed our affordable rates and found our staff friendly. Thank you for visiting Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again soon!

"Ken McDonald - deal or dupe?"


JBierw's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/01/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

While the course was in excellent shape, we were consistently waiting two or three groups deep at each tee. If there was a course ranger he certainly was not ensuring pace of play. We eventually gave up and left the course after playing 14 holes.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Good overall course.."


LtsmithAZ's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/27/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Not knowing what to expect, we found this course to be challenging but enjoyable. Course conditions were really good. Pace was excellent so we were able to keep moving.

A couple of things:

-no signs for where hole 17 was after crossing the canal

-a high number of green side bunkers on long holes

- houses lining the course are a bit distressed

Otherwise a nice course in the middle of it all.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 12/01/2017:

Hello LtsmithAZ, thank you for the four-star review. We are you enjoyed our pace of play and course conditions. We also appreciate your feedback on course. Thank you for visiting Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again the next time you are in the Tempe area!

"Awesome Course"


Rugbyroots's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/22/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

You guys are so amazing and friendly. I play at your course almost every week and I love the positive vibe that the workers provide.

Thank you for the great customer service you are doing to your customers.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 12/01/2017:

Hello Rugbyroots, thank you for the five-star review! We are glad you enjoyed our course and found our staff friendly. Thank you for your continued business and we hope to see you again very soon!

"Nicely done"


doug9133880's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/22/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Uncomplicated and in good shape...would play again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 11/27/2017:

Hello doug9133880, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and affordable rates. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again soon!

"Course is in great shape right now"


docmace's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/18/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The course is in great shape right now at a very reasonable rate.

The course is going through some management changes but they all seem to be positive so far.

Weekend times are sometimes difficult due to league play and tournaments but if you have the chance, get out there and give it a try.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 11/30/2017:

Hello docmace, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and affordable rates! Thank you for visiting Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again soon!


munizza's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 11/16/2017:

Hello munizza, thank you for the five-star review! We are glad you had an excellent experience at Ken McDonald Golf Course. Thank you for your business and we hope to see you the next time you are in the Tempe area!

"Great value muni"


berg8624's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/11/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in excellent shape. Greens were a little slow, but that's to be expected in early November at most any Phoenix course. The course is priced right, and is a good value. I'll be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 11/14/2017:

Hello berg8624, thank you for the five-star review! We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and affordable rates. We also appreciate your feedback on our green speeds. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you the next time you are in the Tempe area!

"almost great conditions"


garryhill's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

greens were still slow but in a few weeks this course will be in great shape


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 11/21/2017:

Hello garryhill, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our pace of play and we appreciate your feedback about our green speeds and course conditions. Thank you for visiting Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you the next time you are in the Tempe area!

"Enjoyable Nine Holes"


elainethompson's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is well maintained. The fairways are wide and forgiving. Lots of chances to use a driver with long drives. The play was a little bit slow since it was a holiday Friday. Staff were friendly.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 11/13/2017:

Hello elainethompson, thank you for the five-star review! We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and found our staff friendly. We also appreciate your feedback about our pace of play. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you the next time you are in the Tempe area!


KipBoetel's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 11/10/2017:

Hello KipBoetel, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our affordable rates and found our staff friendly! Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again the next time you are in the Tempe area!

"Best muni course I've played in long time"


jedward325's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/05/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

We took advantage of a great value to play this course. It was coming out of their over seeding and carts were restricted to cart paths. The course was in great condition and is a fun layout.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 11/08/2017:

Hello jedward325, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our layout and course conditions. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you the next time you are in the Tempe area!


Scott6280909's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/05/2017
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 11/07/2017:

Hello Scott6280909, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and affordable rates. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again the next time you are in the Tempe area!

"Cart path only"


Rubeni's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/05/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

Course was once again excellent, the fairways are a little slow, but only because of overseeding or reseeding or whatever you want to call it. Had a great time.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 11/07/2017:

Hello Rubeni, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you had a great time playing our course! Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again soon!


dennyyard's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 11/07/2017:

Hello dennyyard, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our pace of play and affordable rates! Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you the next time you are in the Tempe area!

"Great course if you want to walk it"


u000007490749's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

This course is great but don't get a cart because you can.t take it off the cart path. You might as well walk it.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 11/17/2017:

Hello, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and found our staff friendly. We also appreciate your feedback about our cart restriction, we recently overseeded and the cart restriction should be lifted in the coming weeks. Thank you for visiting Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to earn your business again.

"great value"


bjcoppa's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

smooth pace of play, amazing value for price, pristine shape including greens, only thing bad was cart nearly ran out of juice at the end and over-run with crows all around


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 11/06/2017:

Thank you for the wonderful 4-star review! We are glad you found value in the course. Come play again soon!

"Return to KennyMac"


CairoDave's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

OK round with cart path only play to slow things down, the pace of play was unusually good! Course in good shape.

Cart began losing power toward the last hole.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 11/06/2017:

We are glad you enjoyed the pace of play this time around! We will look into the cart power issue. We hope you give us another shot soon.


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