Desert/Canyon at Phoenician, The

4.3499000000 4.3 stars from 5 (683)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6068 yards
  • Slope: 130
  • Rating: 70.0
  • Layout

  • 6000 E Camelback Rd, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251, Maricopa County
  • (480) 423-2450
  • (480) 423-2475
  • thephoenician.com
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Year built: 1981
Type: Resort
Style: Traditional
Greens: TiffEagle Grass
Fairways: TiffDwarf 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
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt and bermuda shorts required. No denim.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 70 6068 yards 70.0 130
Phoenician 70 5695 yards 68.0 127
Forward (W) 70 4777 yards 64.0 107

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 683 Reviews
5 stars:
351
4 stars:
248
3 stars:
63
2 stars:
14
1 stars:
7

recommend this course

621 out of 678 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city at a resort near the airport   Great for wildlife/ scenic views a weekend splurge entertaining clients   Challenges include elevation changes water hazards bunkers   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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"Nice Track, but Beware"


u116877028's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The resort is under refurbishment, with a number of holes closed (they normally have 3 loops of 9) the 18 we played were a mix taken from all 3 loops.

Otherwise I would recommend the course, and given the opportunity I would go back.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Offerings"


u283842202's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2017
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The course was beautiful and considering it was under construction play flowed very well.

A yardage book was promised as part of the package. The course had no idea nor did they have any yardage books. You would think if something is being offered by such a up scale facility they would follow through on their offerings. It would be great if we received the books as I was visiting my daughter and son in law and will play the course again. Thank you. Sandi Rudenko


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Hodge podge"


Llvander's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/15/2017
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You were on different courses especially on the 17th and 18th. They are renovating the course and you were driving to another course for the 17th and 18th hole. Frustrating! I wish that was told to me upfront so I could have booked another course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Oasis yes, Desert no"


randyhair127's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We enjoyed the first nine holes we played, The Oasis nine. Parkland style, interesting & fun. My problem was with our back nine. The Desert nine is not a desert course in the sense that it runs through the desert. There is desert on the edge (usually one side only) of some of the holes, but you never feel like you are in the desert. This nine has some extreme elevation changes and a couple of good holes, but overall it's more tricked up than interesting & I have no desire to play it again. The Canyon course looks interesting, but was closed due to a major remodel of the resort. I would like to give it a try on another trip one day.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2017
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I recommend this course


"Little value"


artsmart's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

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

Reviewed on

Regardless of cost, when you sit for 15 minutes on the T box hole after hole, it simply detracts from the rhythm of the game. Ultimately the pace of play became extremely slow and we left the course after the 15th hole. Secondly, there is a significant amount of facility construction, and the laborers are clueless about golf etiquette. I would hope someone in management takes their position seriously. No evidence of same on Friday.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Beautiful!"


u668821447's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2017
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We played the Desert and Canyon for our 18. On almost every hole, the view of Camelback Mountain, the valley, Phoenix, and the actual golf holes are breathtaking. People might even pay to just rides the cart and take in the view. The course was fun to play. The staff was friendly and helpful. It was a fun day.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Amazing experience on and off the course."


Casey4137442's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2017
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From the moment we turned off of Camelback into the resort we had smiles ear to ear. The resort is beautiful, well laid out, manicured landscaping and ultra friendly staff. It was our first time playing here, and definitely not our last. We played Desert/Canyon 18, the course at this time of year is very green and lush, not burnt out at all. The design is challenging but playable and fair. I read some reviews of it being shorter, it may be, but this is a definite must play in the valley and did not play "short". The practice faculty is also in mint condition, again lush and the greens rolled true just as on the course. I can't say again how happy we are with the Phoenician and can't wait to play here again next time in town. Ps. Bring a camera or a good camera phone, amazing views from many tee boxes!!!


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


"Close to perfect"


u000001843271's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2017
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Loved the layout. Staff was very friendly. We were finished within 4 hours. My only complaint is the bunkers. Unfortunately, I was in quite a few bunkers and the material under the sand with showing in a lot of areas. The bunkers need some sand in them. Other than that the fairways were in great condition the greens were running fantastic... great experience. Best compliment anybody can give is... I would go back.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u947550761's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Good course"


eke's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/20/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Seemed like Marshall would push us even thou we were not playing slow not giving us time to look for golf balls so he could find them.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



jm4luttrella's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot 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:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Don't care about their golfers."


u000003140372's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I recently played the Phoenician golf course on Easter 2017, Thinking it would be a fast play and should be short of players, that was not the case. They have different courses to play but they put me (a 42 yr old male) above average golfer with 2 seniors females (lol) to play along with. Well lets just say i wasted my time and money that morning. We played 4 holes and they told me to play ahead if i wanted to because well they were NOT good at all (understatement), little did i know the course was busy all the way through. I left after 4 holes because i didn't want to spend 5 hrs on the course on a holiday. I called the clubhouse after leaving as a courtesy not to make a scene and they had no answer just silence and no apology for me, and to that resolve will not recommend this course to anyone, golfers beware poorly run staff.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



chad2179's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect 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:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"First time at the Phoenician"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/10/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For your reference, my guy shoots around 80 and I average around 93. This course is very scenic. He thinks it was pretty good, maybe its not long enough for big hitters (approx 6200 yards from the tips.) I loved it. Not overly easy, not so difficult either. I absolutely enjoyed every whole. We did not get to play the Oasis nine.... we played Desert then Canyon for our 18 holes. You do not have a wide berth, yet there are truly no narrow holes on those nines. Great couples course, we would go back for sure to get the Oasis in :-)


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Good round, a bit pricey"


mgblair's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I played Canyon/Oasis course. Perfect weather and great company for the round. The course was in great shape with a bunch of different type of holes (water, dogleg, blind shots). Great practice facilities (watch out on the 8th hole of the Oasis course). The course is a bit pricey, but is connected to a resort, so it is expected.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"The course is in wonderful condition."


uVXGS8304VX's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course! The day we played was windy which added to the difficulty of play. We enjoy the course and would play again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Tricked up"


u000007985977's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2017
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The courses are unnecessarily tricky. Probably the result of sticking 27 holes into a space that would easily have accommodated 18 good holes.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course



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