The Short Course at Mountain Shadows

4.2633000000 4.3 stars from 5 (300)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 54
  • Length: 2310 yards
  • Layout

  • 5445 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253, Maricopa County
  • (888) 673-8283, (480) 624-5400
  • www.mountainshadows.com/golf
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Year built: 1961
Architect(s): Jack Snyder (1961), Forrest Richardson (2016)
Type: Resort
Style: Executive
Greens: TiffDwarf Grass
Fairways: TiffDwarf Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Singles allowed: Yes - paired up
Dress code: Collared shirt required, no denim
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Diamond 54 2310 yards 0.0 0
Square 54 2065 yards 0.0 0
Circle 54 1735 yards 0.0 0

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 300 Reviews
5 stars:
134
4 stars:
130
3 stars:
23
2 stars:
7
1 stars:
6

recommend this course

281 out of 299 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive near local attractions   Great for seniors beginners locals   Challenges include bunkers water hazards narrow fairways   Great for drinks 19th hole specials patio dining  

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"The Best Short Course in AZ"


Strizzo's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/24/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Wow - totally blown away by the remodel to Mountain Shadows! They did an outstanding job recreating the holes, while adding a bunch more character and style. It was in excellent shape, and the staff there was very friendly and excited about the future the property holds. Be sure to check out the hotel there, too, as it matches the beauty of the course - simply stunning. Great courses to play if you're sneaking out of work early, are with the family, or are just looking for a fun and challenging round that you can play in 2.5 hours. This is going to be a regular stop for my group! Great job and congrats to everyone involved in the remake of this club - you did an excellent job! Perfect blend of retro and modern in a golf course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Beautiful TINY course"


u404461098's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course but shorter that most short courses we've played on. Course undulations make for good chipping and putting practise.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 03/24/2017

Thank you for playing The Short Course. Great views and fun to play. Yardages vary from 75 yards to 195 yards.


"Poor value for the price!"


Tiger2000's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/17/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Other reviews were glowing so our foursome's expectations were high. From the minute we drove onto the property they dwindled. Construction everywhere, pro shop was a disaster, dust/dirt/detours, and for $50/person this was very disappointing! Course was interesting and the views were nice, but not spectacular. Tee boxes were top-notch but the greens were terrible for this price - bumpy and slow! And the fringe was gouged - mowed very unevenly.

With these conditions the fair price would have been more like $30 - $35. We walked and it's a very walkable layout with interesting holes - a few blind shots into gimmicky greens but, hey that's golf and a few surprises are OK. The staff tried valiantly but the construction & conditions were unacceptable for that price. We won't be coming back and we won't be recommending this place to anyone else!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 03/24/2017

Thank you for playing The Short Course & thank you for putting up with our dust as we finalized the golf shop and resort. The course is interesting and the views are beautiful. Fun for any golfer.


"Fun For All"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My. Shadows is a vintage course that has been completely redone over the past two years. It is an executive course with extremely challenging hole selections, rolling terrain, and slick and undulating greens. This course is fun for beginners and a real challenge for those concerned with their end score. Beautiful scenery is a highlight of this course. This an amazing remake of a tired but beautiful and classic old course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Not a relaxing round"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I am an avid golfer and have golfed every kind of course you can imagine.

But this course is the most unusual course I have golfed.

First of all, I have to say that the course was in great shape and the staff was friendly.

It turned out that going from par 3 to par 3 was not very relaxing, it felt very rushed.

And only 1 cart per foursome, which I get, but it was very confusing about who would drive versus walk. And cart path only left the driver putting last.

And the black tee box markers all looks the same, which was also confusing.

Lastly, there is no shade.

I love the concept, but actually golfing the course was not enjoyable.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


"Sad to see you go"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent value for this par 3 course. Sad to see it go while renovations are happening over the next 2 years. Missing cart girl puts a little damper on the day.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Very nice for an executive course"


Rawhide1943's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice facilities and course, especially for an executive course. It has been our experience that executive courses are not at the level of above average 18 standard courses. However, Mountain Shadows is! It was a fun place to play, and we will be back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Great course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/15/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Gorgeous course. Breathtaking views. Very friendly staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great course"


u000005300145's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It has been a couple of years since I played this course. I will be going back a lot.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"My review"


u824416148's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It is a beautiful course. I did not care so much for the back nine holes under 100 yards.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"The course is beautiful and so is the surrounding scenery."


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/10/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We love the location and the speed of play and the Mountain Shadows staff.


I recommend this course


"Great executive course"


Sharon7102012's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is is good shape- play soon they close at end of May for 18 months due to construction.

Really enjoy the staff there-


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great Short Iron Course"


u396984199's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great little executive course! Staff is exceptionally friendly. Greens and sand were dry but the fairways were in great shape. A lot of sand, but a few nice water holes that are more challenging than they appear.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great Course!"


hmhunter65's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Excellent weather

Reviewed on

This is a great course for the beginner and intermediate golfer. More advanced golfers may also find it challenging. Many of the fairways are not as wide as many 6000-7000+ yard courses. So you better hit the ball fairly straight down the fairway. Also a great place to work on your short game.The price is also reasonable for this time of the year, the condition of the course is good to excellent, and the staff is friendly. The sand is a bit hard in several bunkers so be careful or your ball may get away from you if you hit it to hard. Pace of play can be slow during more crowded times of the day. My golf buddy and I play at this course nearly once a week.


I recommend this course


"Not a course for the avid golfer"


Michael4546601's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2015
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This par three course has great views of the north side of Camelback Mountain, The look of the course at first is very impressive. the greens are like cart paths. super hard and very fast. the bunkers have NO sand in it. They will not hold any shot. I would not recommend this course unless you are a beginner. I drove over thirty minutes to have a terrible experience.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Closing down"


Kay24's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

No bev cart, was easy to tell that they were in closing mode


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great course for beginners"


cklala's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/10/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My husband and son and I golfed here and really enjoyed the course and our day. The course was in really good condition and was perfect for my son and I who are just starting to golf. My husband enjoyed working more on his short game. It was perfect for all three of us.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Get Sharp on a Par Three"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

An interesting challenge for a e par three. Accuracy required to play well.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Always Fun!"


flynn1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Never had a bad day at Mountain Shadows. About to have a complete makeover and hope to play again in 2017. Play it now while you can. No better executive course in the country.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"A short course but a fun course!"


u000005123336's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Short does not mean that it isn't challenging! The course was in good shape, the price was reasonable, and the people we played with were great! We didn't spend any time waiting on the tee boxes, which was great. It was a very pleasant experience. I'd go back and play again in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, the course will be closing in June for revamping.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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