McDowell Mountain Golf Club

4.0224000000 4.0 stars from 5 (446)
  • 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

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 446 Reviews
5 stars:
143
4 stars:
209
3 stars:
63
2 stars:
23
1 stars:
8

recommend this course

383 out of 444 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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5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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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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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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

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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
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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


"Exceeded expectations"


Alvin1733710's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Had a great day out at McDowell Mountain Golf Club. The facilities were very nice all around, with an excellent practice facility available. Course is a fun challenge, in great shape, and the greens roll true and fast. Courteous staff. Completed the day with a nice meal on the patio of their beautiful clubhouse. Highly recommended and good value.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000006182561's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2017
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Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



patrick1967's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2017
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Reviewed on

Good layout with great greens and fast.

Bunkers need a little help with more sand but overall a great experience


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



q3367's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Pushy on pace of play"


u253927253's avatar
Skill:  Advanced

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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This course strictly adheres to a max 4 hour round. No problem with that, we played in 3.5 hours. But despite our quick round we were continually pushed to catch up with the group in front of us, who must have played their round in about 3 hours. Rangers should pay more attention to the clock not just the gaps between groups. No fun to get pushed to complete round in less than 3.5 hours.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great day, good value!"


SteveIk's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/10/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Our group played McDowell on day 2 of a 3 day trip. We enjoyed it so much we opted for the replay and got in an additional 11 holes before the sun went down.

Nice clubhouse, bar and restaurant. Friendly staff and good practice facility. The condition of the course was good and layout enjoyable. The course was challenging but every hole has a bail out area; i.e. if you play smart you won't walk away feeling beat up!

Good value on GN and twilight replay a good deal! We'll be back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"General comment"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/10/2017
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I've played here many times with positive results. This time was disappointing. Bag drop staff (one of them particular) was snotty not only to me but others as well. Not a good start. Pro shop staff were great. Now the beverage cart girl seemed like she didn't want to be there. We had to flag her down so she would stop. Not friendly or cordial. We asked what brands of beer she had and she said go look for yourself. Really!?! And no beverage cart on the back nine at all on a hot busy Friday afternoon. Really!?!. We called the kitchen from the course and we were told they were not sure if the beverage cart was still working or not. Really!?! This just added to a negative experience for the day. I won't be going back any time soon. Lots of other great courses in the area to play. I was a golf club board director so customer service is very important to me. I'm hoping this is an isolated event for this golf course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



u00003650607's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Pretty good value, excellent course"


jakennedy00's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Great layout and not bad for walking (with the exception of getting to and from a couple of holes). The course was very well maintained. Green fairways, very nice tee boxes, gorgeous sand traps. The greens were a bit slow, which was surprising. The marshals do an amazing job of keeping the pace of play at 4 hours (we tee'd off at 7:30 so pace wasn't much of an issue for us, but the range was packed around noon so I could imagine it gets a bit more challenging later in the day).

Next year, we will definitely plan to walk the 18.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/04/2017
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Reviewed on


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


"SLOW!!!!!"


lenfriedenbach's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Group in front was two holes behind. Ranger did nothing. 5.5 hour round.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Good Experience"


cboron's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Played around 10am during the week and the course was pretty packed. We got breakfast burrito's from the restaurant and it was delicious. Range and facilities were nice. Course had a Taylormade demo day so prior to my round I was able to test out some drivers that I had been looking at. That was a huge bonus!!! Pace of play was good considering they were booked til the late afternoon. Course was in good shape and fun. We got paired up with a few guys that had played the course so he was able to give us some tips. The starter "Tito" I believe, was extremely nice and helpful. Would play her again because of the excellent views and nice course conditions. Only issue that day was with the rangers. Yes, it was packed that day but they were slightly rude and need to respect the golfers better. One example I will share, included a ranger that told me to drop a ball as I was looking for mine because I was not going to find it. I was looking around a bunker that merged into a waste area. I had not been looking long and the golfers in my group were still hitting their second shots. We were maintaining pace of play well so it was not his place to step in. Had a few other run-ins with the Rangers but it did not deter our experience. Overall, a fun and enjoying day on the course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great Experience"


cboron's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This was my first time playing at this course and my first time playing in AZ. I would definitely go back considering the course conditions and the scenery. The range and practice facilities were also nice. They had a Taylormade demo day which gave me the opportunity to try out some drivers I was interested in, so that was a plus. The starter was very friendly and provided some good course insight. The course was slammed that day and the place of play was very good. We ordered breakfast from the restaurant and it was delicious.

The one knock on this course was the course rangers. On the front nine, I felt the rangers were watching our every move. I hit a ball in the waste area (not far off the fairway) and was looking for it while the other golfers in my 4-some hit their balls. I had not been looking for the ball for very long when I hear the ranger tell me to drop a ball because I wasn't going to find it. Then on the next hole the other cart in our group drove on the waste area (no cacti or rocks in sight) and yet again the ranger came up and said something to them. Finally, we were teeing off on the back nine (hole 10) when the ranger stood right behind each one of us as we teed off. Then he followed us and was sitting behind one of our golfers while he was hitting his second shot. We had to ask him not sit behind us as we were hitting because it was a distraction. After that, we did not see the Ranger again and had not issues.

Overall, great experience, great weather and great conditions. The rangers could chill out a little and respect the golfers a little better. Still a very nice course and challenging. I would go back to play here again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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