McDowell Mountain Golf Club

4.0392000000 4.0 stars from 5 (459)
  • 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

Average Rating 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 459 Reviews
5 stars:
151
4 stars:
214
3 stars:
63
2 stars:
23
1 stars:
8

recommend this course

396 out of 457 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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"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
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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
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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
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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


"Nice Course"


Spowellnis's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

No one in front of us, no one in back of us....went out as a 2-some. Had a great day.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Good course with great mountain view. The only real disappointment was the staff were distracted at the restaurant with very little service.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Nice afternoon"


u000002297020's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

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

Reviewed on

Nice course, very friendly staff. Power line going through the middle of the course, tho. Expect to pay $18.00 for a large bag of range balls.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Look forward to playing it again!"


dougrempp's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/03/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played in just under 4 hours on a very nice course. I was lucky and played with someone familiar with the course and that helped for the 1st round.


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




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Nice course"


u000003618158's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2017
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Reviewed on

Nice course, very good condition. Marshalls very friendly and understanding. Overall a very nice layout and experience. Amazing mountain views.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"A must play"


RAJ8785J's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2017
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Reviewed on

Fairways and greens were in great shape. This is a. very fair course. Keep it in the fairways and out of the bunkers and you will be rewarded.

It would be nice if there were washroom facilities on the course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great course!"


Adubb30's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Everytime I play this course I have a great time. The yardage difference between the championship tees and two sets of forward tees plus women's tee's make this course either very challenging or very managable for any handicap. Fairways, rough, traps, and greens are always well maintained and the rangers do a great job of keeping groups on pace throughout the round. Nothing more you can really ask for when it comes to having an enjoyable round 5 stars all around!


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




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2017
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Almost perfect. but..."


u000004391178's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed our afternoon at McDowell Mountain. Course in very good shape; no major complaints. Had issue with paying what is typically a three figures greens fee then having to pay extra for range balls...Stupid. Service in the patio grill was ridiculously slow..wound up hurriedly banging a few range balls and running to 1st tee.. Played in about 3h 50m, almost unheard of today.. power lines take away from the views and nice backdrops...


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Dave4116497's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Elite golf course"


austin356's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/07/2017
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Reviewed on

Loved quality of golf course and condition of such .

Only downside is prevalence of high tension wires but nothing can be done about that


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Mb7631's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall a good experience. The course was very forgiving and open but the tough greens protect low scores. Ranger was a little pushy to get us to the tee and then noticed we were early and become more friendly. Only negative part was waiting 12 minutes at the turn for two hot dogs which caused a bit of a backup on 10 tee and caused us to feel rushed until we caught up to the group ahead of us again. Overall a great course, fun to play and would play again for sure.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Worth the drive"


u814253046's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Very nice golf course, pace of play and conditions are excellent


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000002711078's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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