The Short Course at Mountain Shadows

4.2132000000 4.2 stars from 5 (319)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 54
  • Length: 2310 yards
  • Layout

  • 5445 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253, Maricopa County
  • (888) 673-8283, (480) 624-5432, (480) 624-5400
  • (480) 905-3151
  • www.mountainshadows.com/golf

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 | Full Scorecard

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 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.4 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 319 Reviews
5 stars:
142
4 stars:
132
3 stars:
26
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
10

recommend this course

292 out of 318 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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"Short Course"


Andithegolfer's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was built the year I was born and is in amazing condition!! As a self-taught golfer, this course helps me improve!! I did par for times


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


Commented on 06/14/2017

Thank you for the review and we look forward to seeing you many times to come.


"Sad Version of what it was!"


Rmarlena's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2017
First time playing Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Before its destruction, Mtn. Shadows was a beautiful scenic, somewhat quaint executive golf course. It had beautiful trees, grass, colorful bushes and it had "atmosphere." Whomever redesigned it as "Eco-friendly" certainly knew nothing about golf courses.Between the tee and the green are long yardages of gravel. The whole course looks drab. Oh, to give some challenge on about 4 or 5 of the holes, they added huge hills, just as if it previously were a dump and they had to hide the trash. This course had class. Years ago I was a member for 10 years. I will never go there again and am passing the word to everyone I know. and will try to erase this ugly memory from my mind.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 06/14/2017

Yes, Mountain Shadows has been completely renovated with an eye to the future. There is less grass from tee to green which reduces water needed in non-play areas. The greens are interesting with a variety of pin placement options and fun for both beginner and experienced golfers alike. We are adding some plantings from tee to green to add some color. Thank you for playing and we hope you will try us again as the course matures.


"The new Short Course"


u000003671500's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Mountain Shadows used to be an executive course. I'm not sure what it would be called now except very short . none of the holes were long and there wetre way too many that were 50,60, 70 yards for the front tees. Some of the greens were very challenging.The staff were all very nice. Not my kind of course any more though.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/31/2017

Thank you for playing The Short Course. It's totally been renovated to be enjoyable and fun with hole lengths from 75 to 195 from the back tees. The 18 hole par 3 course fits the definition of an executive course by being shorter relative to a standard course, comprised primarily of par 3 holes. If anyone is looking for a 2 1/2 hour round of golf with interesting greens and beautiful views, we're a great choice.



bobbur01's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/22/2017
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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


"Great Remodel"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing here since course was closed for a major remodel. They did an excellent job. Friendly staff. Great short game tuneup on this all par 3 executive short course.


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


Commented on 05/20/2017

Thank you for playing the new Short Course. It's a quick, fun and challenging round of golf.


"Great Executive Par 3"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is well maintained. Pace of play was great no waiting between holes. Staff were very attentive and friendly. Beautiful surroundings and they did a great on re-designing the course


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/20/2017

Thank you for the 5 star review!


"More like a Pitch & Putt"


u903418649's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Disappointed. The only challenging holes had gimmicky greens. We ended up skipping some holes near the end because it didn't seem to be worth the effort.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 05/06/2017

Thank you for playing and the input. The course has been completely renovated including brand new bunkers and greens. Being 18 par 3's with lengths from 190 to 75 yards, the goal is a quick, fun round in 2.5 hours with different and exciting green complexes. The most stunning views in Paradise Valley.


"Totally disappointed"


u000002016290's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Was thoroughly disappointed in the whole course--layout, condition of the greens, the so-called improvements, the reverse green etc etc! The course was much prettier 4 years ago! I have canvas prints made from snapshots on my wall to prove it! Also there was an awful sewer smell where the bag drop was located.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 04/29/2017

Thank you for your input. We are sorry you didn't enjoy the new layout. The course was totally renovated with new and interesting greens and a goal of a quick and fun round for both experienced and beginners alike.


"So much fun, new and different!"


Mkimmins's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2017
First time playing Walked Hot weather

Reviewed on

I absolutely love the new design. The new owners did a great job of mixing new modern design with classic Mt. Shadows golf.

The Pro-shop is fantastic and the views can't be beat. Great test of skill as most of the greens, being their only real defense, were very undulated. Not ll, as it is a good mix of challenge and fairness.

I don't understand who couldn't love this track. It is a refreshing change of pace from the "normal" courses. A great, quick break from the "norm".

Golf staff were great, Rusty's (I believe that was the name) was a great place to catch the sunset and have some cocktails.

It did help that I was able to even out the bet on a "press" on the wager hole, which was a pleasant design and a great concept.

Do listen to the "old school" people, this is a new and refreshing change to the sport and the lifestyle!


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


Commented on 04/29/2017

Thanks for the great comments!


"course was way too short need par 4's and 5's"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed the old course much more didn't care for all par 3 holes and pro shop too modern looking like the old one better . I tried the new course but won't return. Good luck


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 04/19/2017

The old course only had 2 maybe 3 par 4's.

I personally love the redesign, it is a new and different look at the game we all love. I welcome new and innovative ideas in the sport!


"Nice views but that's it"


u000004736637's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

This newly opened renovation is trying to hard to be unique. Way too many gimicky greens... miniature golf stuff.

Holes 13 and 14 share a green with 14 hitting backwards... weird!

The greens are new so I guess you can forgive the terrible shape they were in. The best green was the silky wager green between 17&18. All the others were bumpy and impossible to read.

Overpriced for two at $100. No reason to return.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 04/19/2017

I have to disagree. I thought the course was very fun, unique and a good test of short game and putting. When a course's only defense is it's greens, they have to be somewhat difficult.

I loved the course, thought it was very fun and played 18 in 2.5 hours in the middle of a Friday!


"Excellent 2 hour course"


Brian3466643's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great spot to hone your skills, don't be fooled thinking this is an amateur course as it's challenging. Tough pin placements and you can get in trouble quick if you miss a shot. Love this course and it will be on my regular list to hone my short game.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Par 3 Golf"


u459002048's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

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

Reviewed on

Par 3 golf is fun to play. Played course in 2.5 hours.

Distance between holes 17 and 18 is too far when you are walking. Houses take priority over golf design.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course



u459002048's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/04/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


"They ruined the origial course"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2017
First time playing Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The redesigned course destroyed the original Mountain Shadows course. They replaced the fairways with gravel leaving only the tee boxes and around the greens with grass. Being the redesigned course is new, the greens are very slow and bumpy the little grass left around the greens is lumpy. I would not recommend to anyone to play this course for at least another year.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 04/09/2017

Thank you for playing the new Short Course at Mt. Shadows and we appreciate your feedback. The course has been updated and is different from the original. The greens are interesting, fun and improve every day as they mature. We hope to see you again soon. We think you'll enjoy it.


"Fun track!"


u712729824's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really had an enjoyable round on this new course! Nice to be able to complete 18 holes in about 2.5 hours. Great layout and plenty of challenges. Staff was fantastic and pre and post time spent at Rusty's Bar and looking around this new property added to the great day. Will certainly be back soon and let everyone know of this little jewel in the desert.


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


Commented on 04/09/2017

Thanks for playing and happy you enjoyed your day. We strive to create memories as you enjoy our new course, fun atmosphere and great views.


"Very disappointing"


u664779868's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was my first time playing mountain shadows after the renovation. Didn't have much expectations going in but overall it was a very disappointing experience. Staff was extremely aggressive when I first arrived, the old lady at the front desk was rude when I asked if there was a discounted rate for people who live in the community. Greens were in terrible condition and the overall design of the course was overkill. I get they try to make it a quirky par 3 course but they tried way too hard with the layout and slopes of the greens. Not worth $60! Even for a so called "resort course". The only bright spot of the round was the cart girl who was very friendly and had a good variety of beer. Also, the clubhouse had a great view with billards table to play on after your round.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Just pure fun"


Gregg8106559's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The recently reborn Short Course at Mountain Shadows has one thing missing from most golf experiences these days--it's just fun to play. Suitable for all skill levels, with great food and drink at the resort to boot. I played with my beginner wife who had a great time and we completed the round in less than two hours. Highly recommended!


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


Commented on 04/09/2017

We're happy you joined us and couldn't have said it better. We look forward to your next visit.


"Golf Shadow Mountain"


u039071794's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

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

Reviewed on

The course is fun and beautiful. Very challenging. The greens are adulation and tough.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"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



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