Ken McDonald Golf Course

3.5640000000 3.6 stars from 5 (367)
  • 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 367 Reviews
5 stars:
48
4 stars:
178
3 stars:
91
2 stars:
33
1 stars:
17

recommend this course

295 out of 365 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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"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
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"Ol' McDonald!"


enchilara's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

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

Reviewed on

Nice course! Fairways were in great shape! Off fairways a little too dried out and hard pan conditions. Still playable. Greens were slower than I expected; lot's of my putts came up an inch or two short. Execution error mostly. I really liked the risk reward options on many holes! That makes this older layout much more exciting to play! It's safe to say that I'll be back!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"very slow play in Greens a big problem"


Bobber111's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Have played this course for years and continue to be amazed at the decline. The greens have not been properly cared for and the pace of play had three foursomes backed up to the hitting foursome On a par 3. Love the course for years but it's subpar now.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Good value"


Greg7608503's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very good layout, and the fairways were fairly decent. Good value


Pace of Play: Fair

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



uSXHF7218SX's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Rudolph9307468's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice Course. User Friendly."


Marcel7298427's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/03/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I found the course to be well maintained and the fairways were in excellent shape. Found the greens to be a bit firm but it's to be expected in Arizona at this time of the year.


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


"Good city course"


Saskgolfer52's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/03/2017
First time playing Used cart

Reviewed on

Was fun course to play. Paired with people who had played the course before. Enjoyed the round. Found the greens in somewhat spotty. Will play the course again in a few weeks and maybe hot weather will improve the greens.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Greens!"


nogs's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

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

Reviewed on

greens were patchy with no grass or mold and very bumby!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Last resort"


NinerDyHard's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/03/2017
First time playing Used cart

Reviewed on

Um first time playing the course.....it is definitely a Muni Course. Greens were ok and if you were in the fairway narrow but ok....off the fairway was not good. I would not play this course again for any price even free unless there was not other course and even then not sure I would.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Great track"


Randy2593526's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/02/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways were in pristine condition. Greens rolled true. Very good track. You won't be disappointed.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Enjoyable round"


Steve4005287's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played early so play wasn't delayed, course is in good condition fairways were over seeded with no rough, greens rolled well, would play this course again


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Always a treat"


F111WSO's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I had a Golfnow single tee time for 2:04 and was worried about getting in 18 before Sunset. They moved me up to 1:52. Then said I was standby for earlier. Got called at 1:30. Got in 18 and was a fun round and great value. Fairways in great shape. Tees and greens ok but could use some work.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Ramman"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For a public course it's about average. Average amount of bare spots for public course. Easily walkable. Nothing very imaginative in layout design. I'm in no hurry to return. Carts were in pretty rough shape.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"winter in Tempe golf"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

was a beautiful day for winter golf in tempe az. pace was slow when mixing walkers with riders. carts are due for replacement but still get you around. not a 5 star rating, but worth a round or 2 for the home town course.


Pace of Play: Fair

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



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