Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club

4.0215235294 4.0 stars from 5 (519)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7011 yards
  • Slope: 131
  • Rating: 72.7
  • Layout

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  • 33750 North Dove Lakes Drive, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
  • (480) 488-0009
  • (480) 488-4251
  • dovevalleyranch.com
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Year built: 1998
Architect(s): Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1998)
Type: Public
Greens: Mini Verde Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7011 yards 72.7 131
Gold 72 6630 yards 70.2 124
White 72 6138 yards 67.8 118
White (W) 72 6138 yards 72.5 127
Green (W) 72 5337 yards 70.2 117

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 519 Reviews
5 stars:
179
4 stars:
248
3 stars:
46
2 stars:
33
1 stars:
13

recommend this course

456 out of 517 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for locals advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include bunkers forced carries undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining watching the game  

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"Very nice golf course / slow play"


Dick5313682's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in very good condition. The staff was friendly and helpful, but the pace of play was very slow. We finally summoned a Marshall after #12. (The group in front of us was 2+ holes behind)

He lit a “fire” and it improved dramatically.. If they monitored the pace more effectively, I would rate the course a 5


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice Course"


Chief2021's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/15/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Staff very business like but still friendly. Staff likes to remind you of pace of play which I believe should be stressed to a lot of players more often. There are a lot of players that are really slow and can make a round really frustrating for people waiting behind them. Pace was great the first 9 and slower the back, did not see a golf assistant to speed play. Course is challenging and a lot of fun, would play again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course and facility"


rjs7257's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is one of the nicest course I have played. I can't think of a single negative thing to say about it. They have done a fantastic job getting it up and ready for the winter season.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Course not ready"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Don't ever schedule a tee time off the back nine early. Sending a player off before the course was ready was inexcusable and downright greedy. Every hole had workers on the tee, bunkers and greens. Engine noise and workers ruined my experience. I will never play this course again.


I don't recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"Love this Track"


golf8hdcp's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

greens slow which is normal after re opening from overseed

But what a beautiful track vistas everywhere...

use your head to play this course not a grip and rip course

absolutely would recommend to anyone


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Hype of overseeded course was unjustified"


rktkt66's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/08/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

After opening from overseeding just 3 days earlier, I expected the fairways and grass overall to be lush. The fairways looked like the only overseeded portions and the Bermuda rough on each side was as yellow as one would expect during summer season.

Pace of play wasn't helped either by the course's decision to: 1) force cart-path only rule despite the poor condition of the rough that would have easily handled cart wear and allowed players to more quickly walk to their ball; and 2) send tee times out that were only 8 minutes apart. With foursomes having to walk, the gap between groups should have been further apart to avoid the backup that inevitably hit our group by the 6th hole.

All in all, the course is a great design and challenging every time one plays it (and I've played it nearly 20 times in the last 8 years) and the fee was reasonable for the course condition and pace of play - but I have to ask: if this was intended to be the kickoff to their winter season, do they really expect players to pay the usual $100+ fee in December? Other courses invest in watering not only greens and fairways during the winter - Dove Valley should do the same or just hold their fees at the $70 range for the current conditions.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great neighborhood course ......."


mlefkowitz's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/06/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Course was in great condition after reseed (cart path only) but pace of play late in the PM was very slow on the back side. Need to send out a ranger to move people along.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Exceptional"


ekruse1dak's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Phoenix September course not crowded; getting ready to overseed. Customer service is a high priority. Exceptional value for this time of year.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Improved"


u000004194507's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/13/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Kudos to greenskeeper and crew. Course is substantially better since renovations.


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


"Never Dissappoints"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Our go to course as we live in the area. Well maintained and always in great shape! Front 9 tantalize you then the back 9 challenge the heck out of you!!

Friendly staff and good amenities.

Don't hesitate to play this tract!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice Course"


u000002026247's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/20/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had a great time.

Pace of play very good.

Course condition very good.

Nice staff. Only suggestion is

To have cold pre made sandwiches

available. Nice layout, tees accommodate

various skill levels.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Very enjoyable round."


u432519495's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course design, condition, greens, and pace could not be better!


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



u265587246's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Twice a year

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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



Kent6390655's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u000006921019's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Dove valley is a nice layout with very nice greens.

Service in pro shop is excellent and the staff appreciate your business. Will definitely be back many many times.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice challenging yet playable golf course"


azcrazy20's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played Dove Valley many times over the years. I always enjoy it there, and am always treated well by their professional staff. The course feels like two different courses to me -- but maybe it's just me. The front nine feels like a links course, and the back nine feels like a pure desert course. So don't relax too much after playing the front, because on the back you will have to hit it straight, and to the correct distances.


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


"Very disappointed .....horrible greens!"


drumshtik101's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Driving all the way out to Cave Creek from Scottsdale to play an RTJ course sounds like a great plan. It is in the case of Las Sendas in Mesa and Wigwam in the Litcfield area out west.........BUT Not in this case!

This is a very very basic layout from RTJ.......nothing asthetically appealing from a course design perspective on 90% of the holes......great views of mountains........but I play golf......... This has to be the reason why they have tried to make their greens as hard and unreceptive as possible. When your throwing 60 degree wedges from the fairway at your spot and they are rolling to the back......that's RIDICULOUS......it's time to stick some holes in them and some H2O. I have played over a dozen rounds in the last two weeks on more difficult and higher rated courses and these greens were the worst by far.

How this course has such a high slope is also super questionable......played the tips..........should be in the mid 120's

Leaving on a positive....... the fairways and t decks were nice, carts were good and the club drop was well set up.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/27/2017

I played this course on 6/26 and I completely disagree with this post. The greens were awesome. They rolled pure and true on every hole. Approach shots landed slightly firm but my friend and I had no issue getting the ball to stop. I would definitely recommend playing here.



jflores2058's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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