Ken McDonald Golf Course

3.5617000000 3.6 stars from 5 (381)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6743 yards
  • Slope: 125
  • Rating: 71.5
  • Layout

  • 800 E Divot Dr, Tempe, Arizona 85283, Maricopa County
  • (480) 350-5250, (480) 350-8273
  • (480) 839-7973
  • www.golftempeaz.com/ken-mcdonald
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Year built: 1974
Architect(s): Jack Snyder
Type: Public
Style: Traditional
Golf Season: Year round

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

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

Average Rating 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 381 Reviews
5 stars:
48
4 stars:
185
3 stars:
98
2 stars:
33
1 stars:
17

recommend this course

309 out of 379 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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"Slow. Good Value"


rknucks's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Was almost an hour past T-time getting out due to lack of carts. Slow round, 5 hours. Course was in decent shape...some greens a tad worn. Course presents some challenges, and is fun to play. Would advise a weekday!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



printman77's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"typical city course"


emalicdem's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

As I get there at pro shop no parking available. Very few parking space near pro shop have been filled. So I turned arround over the bridge of SRP canal to find a parking slot way back maybe 200 yards to the Pro Shop, and I walked back to the Pro shop to check-in.

It was good that they allowed me to drive the golf cart into the parking and picked up my golf bag.

The last two holes I believe were separated far away from the rest holes for back nine because the parking and the SRP canal. Fairways are good, putting greens were in good shaped. All in all the golf course is well maintained. I like to play it again some day.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



maclou's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fun and challenging public course"


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Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always a fun course to play. 18 holes were played in about 4 hours and 10 minutes (very good). Lay out is challenging. There were some bare spots in the fairways that need to be fixed. Greens were in decent shape. The sand traps that I found had plenty of sand in them. Very friendly beverage cart staff.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



kingbea's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Course is in the good shape."


scott8353'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 04/05/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is in real good shape. Pace of play under 4hours. Pro shop, marshal, cart girl were very friendly and helpful. Greens, fairways, bunkers and tee boxes in good shape. I always enjoy this course. We will be back. Thanks


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Municipal course."


Lynder's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very friendly staff and good course layout. A variety of holes and enough length to make it challenging. My only complaint was about the parking. We had to park a long way away as the parking lot is very limited.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



lttlebubba's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2017
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Reviewed on

good straight forward course..no surprises..good value for a good price..


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Ken McDonald Tempe Arizona"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2017
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This municipal course was great for the price. A bit of a strange layout with the two 9 holes having a parking lot and a water canal between them but otherwise well worth the cost.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"About the Same as it was 10 Years Ago!"


u000006796179's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course hasn't changed much over the years...maybe a bit worse maintained but not bad. I haven't played this course in many years but I used to play it a lot. Good round with reasonable pace of play.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Good value for the money"


sparky313's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Early afternoon tee time led to a 3 hour round. Staff extremely nice. Good range and decent putting green. Course has some rough spots but overall in decent shape. A great course to get your game tuned up for the tougher courses in the greater Phoenix area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000004173514's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Twice a year
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Average public course. Well maintained. Holes 17 and 18 isolated from rest of course. Should switch back to previous layout where current 17 was #1 and current #1 was 10.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Needs H20"


Jerry7954740's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2017
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Reviewed on

Decent layout. Super friendly staff. Course badly in need of water.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Fun decent course"


ryno1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was a little dry and firm, some bad spots on greens, and pace of play was a little slow. Short waits on every tee box and second shots. But not terrible. Staff was extremely nice and welcoming. I will deffinetley play again,.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u409805271's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Course in Slow Decline"


Dungon's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Course really started backing up on the ninth hole. There multiple open holes gaps.

Many of the greens had spots with no grass and just mud to putt over or just damaged areas, same for the entire course.

In short, used to be a great course, but not any more.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



davehyndman55's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



u000004250096's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2017
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Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"need water available"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

The course is good value and fun to play. The main downsides are there is not enough water to drink available on hot days (90*) . There is one drinking fountain on the front side and two on the back, and no beverage cart. Heat stroke waiting to happen. Also, the #10 tee is not clearly marked as to where to go so we proceeded to tee off on #17 because that is where the cart path went. The turf is ok considering the warm days. The green are very SLOW so putt accordingly. Would play again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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