The Short Course at Mountain Shadows

4.2276000000 4.2 stars from 5 (312)
  • 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 4.2 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: 3.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 312 Reviews
5 stars:
138
4 stars:
132
3 stars:
25
2 stars:
9
1 stars:
8

recommend this course

288 out of 311 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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"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


"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



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