McDowell Mountain Golf Club

4.1765117647 4.2 stars from 5 (474)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 7072 yards
  • Slope: 137
  • Rating: 73.3
  • Layout

  • 10690 E. Sheena Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85255
  • (480) 502-8200
  • sanctuarygolf.com
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Year built: 1999
Architect(s): Randy Heckenkemper (1999)
Type: Public
Style: Desert
Greens: TiffDwarf Bermuda
Fairways: Bermuda
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Rick Smith Golf Academy"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt required, no denim
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 7072 yards 73.3 137
Gold 71 6407 yards 70.2 131
White (W) 71 5724 yards 71.6 129
White 71 5724 yards 67.0 118
Red (W) 71 4880 yards 68.1 109

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 474 Reviews
5 stars:
159
4 stars:
217
3 stars:
65
2 stars:
24
1 stars:
9

recommend this course

408 out of 472 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive in the 'burbs   Great for locals advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens elevation changes   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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howard8290990's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Challenging course!"


u044486626's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
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Great course! Offers unique tee boxes with blind approaches on the front with a more direct approach on the back. Greens were a little fuzzy but in great shape with the recent monsoon rains. Overall, awesome place to play in AZ. Not your average cookie cutter AZ course at all.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Look for Specials and follow a great one's footsteps."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/02/2017
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Used to play this course a lot before it became overpriced. That being said they sometimes have deals. The course is in good shape and the mosquito problem seems to have been taken care of. The course is varied enough to make it interesting with undulating fareways and elevations through the valley. Traps are well maintained and strategically placed, sometimes saving a ball from going into a culvert. The views are stunning, especially Camelback mountain in the distance. Phil Michelson did a good job of remodeling this course and it's always fun to follow the footsteps of a great one!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fun but not optimum conditions"


butterat1983's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/29/2017
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Nice course layout with some great architecture. Some good views. Greens were pretty slow and a bit bumpy. Some areas were bare and mow scarred.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course



Adam1295124's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



maxkhill2009's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/10/2017
First time playing 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



Richierich78's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



raltons's avatar
Age:  55-64

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bit disappointing"


rathke's avatar
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Arizona Advisor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2017
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Reviewed on

Played McDowell Mountain on a hot deal from Golf Now. Very nice golf course that is in average to poor condition. All fairways are burned out in spots and greens are baked and rock hard. Like the layout of the course with several interesting and challenging holes. Glad I got a great deal to play but would not recommend spending big dollars to play this course anytime soon. Will not be going back this year.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Poor Conditions"


findinghemo12's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
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Reviewed on

I played this course last year and really enjoyed it--layout is reasonably tough, fairways were in good shape, and greens were nice. Played it yesterday, on Memorial Day, and the fairways were 80% dead, the greens were bumpy, the ground was extremely hard, and the rough was unkempt. Similar to conditions to some of the cheapest courses in the Valley.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Awesome but challenging"


Javier7752245's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great condition. Greens were challenging with the slopes it has. Defined check your yardage to hazards and so forth. Would definitely come back to golf!


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



u000002424238's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Too Many Other Good Courses..."


Matt3858222's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

There are just too many courses in Phoenix to play something like this. I'm not sure if they are going under or what's the deal, but the conditions and the setup we're awful. I know it's transition time to bermuda, but how can you do that without water. On a majority of the holes, you can't tell what is fairway and what's rough. Greens we're burnt affecting putts. Just water the course, every other track in Phoenix can do it...

Today probably 14 of the 18 holes we're cut on a knob or a slope of some kind. Also very few flat lies, from the tee boxes or from the center of the fairway.

To be fair, the staff and course rangers did well. But the course is the reason we come to play. I'll never be back unfortunately.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Course with something for everyone"


u1929902's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The McDowell Mountain course provides something for everyone. It is challenging but at the same time playable by golfers of all abilities depending on the tee box you choose. Great service by personable people and excellent facilities from the driving range to the dining facility.


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


"Big guy"


Drubenow's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Paired with two others. Pace of play was good. Greens were in good shape. Would play the course again.


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



Leon4372697's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2017
Previously played 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: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Excellent value and good test of golf."


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played this my second time and enjoyed it yet again. Friendly staff at check in and the marshalls kept the pace rolling. The layout and greens are amazing.


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


"Fabulous!"


u327366255's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Really enjoyed this course! Challenging but not too tough, awesome scenery, great condition. The deal on golfnow made it even sweeter!

Highly recommend to anyone looking for a nice AZ track.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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