Desert Canyon Golf Club

4.0749000000 4.1 stars from 5 (467)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6506 yards
  • Slope: 125
  • Rating: 69.9
  • Layout

  • 10440 N Indian Wells Dr, Fountain Hills, Arizona 85268
  • (480) 837-1173
  • (480) 837-1346
  • desertcanyongolf.com
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Year built: 1971
Architect(s): John Allen
Type: Public
Style: Traditional
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: No
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt, no cutoffs, denim ok.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 6506 yards 69.9 125
Blue 71 6171 yards 68.4 118
White 71 5813 yards 66.6 114
White (W) 71 5813 yards 70.8 116
Red (W) 71 5230 yards 68.0 114

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 467 Reviews
5 stars:
164
4 stars:
216
3 stars:
57
2 stars:
18
1 stars:
12

recommend this course

418 out of 463 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city in the 'burbs   Great for wildlife/ scenic views locals advanced golfers   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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"Very Bad Customer Service"


leibrandr's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Had a tee time for 2 at 10:30 a.m. and woke up with the flu. After several calls, they did cancel, but charged full price for the round. VERY disappointed. Will not golf there in the future and will tell everyone I know about the experience.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Very nice little course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Since temps were in the mid-90s, we started our round at 3:00 and played just 9 holes. It was our first experience at Desert Canyon and we were very pleased. The course is in great shape and very scenic, and although it winds among residential areas it feels wide open, unlike other courses in the PHX metro area. The greens can be challenging, but the course itself is not difficult or particularly long, which I appreciate. We'll definitely be back, and soon.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Very Nice Course"


Bob1675607's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played on a Friday afternoon for first time and came in just shy of 4 hours. A fun layout, with some nice views, the course was in very good shape. The tee boxes were a touch beat up but not really an issue. My only disappointment was that the food stand at 10 was closed when we arrived (before 3) even though I had asked earlier if I could get something at the turn. I will play this course again despite it being a 40 minute drive for me.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



Leon4372697's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



Jeanne2226549's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Love this course"


Mike8170024's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

I can't say it any other way - I just love this course. Grest staff, good warm up areas, a challenging but fair course, good rolling greens, fairly priced. What more do you want. This is definitely one of my "must go to" courses when friends come to town.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000003282770's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Unsatisfactory"


u2398861's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played this course a few times and had kept coming back because the course is beautiful and it's close to home.

Yesterday I had 3 guests with me visiting from WI. I was excited to introduce them to this course as I have enjoyed playing here in the past. Unfortunately we were a bit disappointed by a couple things:

- we played this round on a hot deals discount via Golf Now, $68.00, great rate. Typical rates this time of year are $86.00+. We also needed one set of clubs, ladies. The clubs they charged us $30 to rent were in horrible shape. When spending near $100 a round for golf, you should be able to expect a decent set of clubs to use, especially if they are charging a rental fee.

- they offer a great food ordering service at the 8th hole, which you can pick up at the turn to avoid taking too much time in between the front and back. We ordered 4 sandwiches and when we made the turn to pick up food and replenish beverages, the food hadn't been started. Waitstaff stated that no one saw the ticket so it would be a wait. They offered to bring it out to us but there wasn't follow up to that after it was originally offered. We waited about 15-20 mins.

- once we received our food we were on our way. At that time, one of the golf staff told our group we were a hole and a half behind, so he had to let the group behind us go ahead. I found this very hard to believe as we waited for the group in front of us at nearly every hole on the front 9. We explained this and also told him about the food mishap. When we got to 10, we now had to wait for both the group that was originally in front of us and now the group he allowed to play through....only benefit here is it allowed us to eat! Our tee time was at 11:45 and our round was finished right around 4:00. A 4-hour round of golf, 18 holes is pretty typical, if not longer. Our pace of play was slowed on the back due to waiting again at every hole. We weren't appreciative of the conversation the ranger had with us, the action to allow a team play through when everyone was waiting and the lack of acknowledgement or apology for the food being missed.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"First timers"


u000002097405's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was the first time any from my group had played this course so it was a learning experience for all. The course conditions were very good, amenities and facilities just OK but as we are there to play golf that part of the deal was.good! The group in front of us were a bit slow but it seems the staff thought we were lagging, which wasn't true and as there was no cart girl we were unable to catch a cold drink at the turn as a member from the staff cane out and told us to keep moving - even though we had a group in front and no one really pushing behind.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2017
First time playing 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


"Rush Rush Rush"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course. Too bad they put the tee times too close together. We were pushed the entire round and we are not slow golfers. We were all throughly discussed by the time we finished in 3 hours and 20 minutes.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from Desert Canyon Golf Club on 03/22/2017:

Hi Gail, we apologize for the poor pace of play, and that you felt so rushed when you came out to play at Desert Canyon Golf Club. We've passed along your feedback to the necessary department. We're pleased you enjoyed the course layout and conditions, and hope you give us another chance in the future.

"Rush rush rush"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had a tee time at 7:00 AM. The first tee time was 645. We were waiting for the golfers and then they sent us off in their absence. They then arrived and were pushing us. We were then told to let them through. We are not slow golfers but we were being constantly pushed for no reason except that they booked smaller groups around us. We could barely enjoy the beauty of the course or the surrounding mountain views. This frustrated us all in our foursome and frankly couldn't wait to finish. For the cost of the round we did not believe we got our money's worth. Poor course management. Round was finished in 3:20. It is a beautiful course but we did not have a good time.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



Redriver20's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great layout, bring your thinking cap"


br1582's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Desert Canyon is true to its name, winding through a canyon that provides many different shot challenges, including a number of pretty significantly elevated tee boxes. Bring your range finder and know how to use it! Greens are smooth and pretty quick, so plan your approach. The view from the grill patio is beautiful.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"NICE COURSE - BAD SWING"


Charles3358512's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Your course needs a Marshall to hurry play, otherwise the golf course was in great shape and the greens are running true. Kudos to the head groundskeeper!!!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Beautiful views"


mark1151421's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is built through the canyon. Views were great. A few holes had some interesting elevations. We played with a couple that was familiar with the course. That always helps. Speed of play was steady. took little over 4 hrs. very playable course for all levels of players.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



marilynbobl's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather 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

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u8244892's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/03/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course



wiford37's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/01/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather 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: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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