McDowell Mountain Golf Club

4.1737588235 4.2 stars from 5 (517)
  • 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: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 517 Reviews
5 stars:
177
4 stars:
233
3 stars:
69
2 stars:
28
1 stars:
10

recommend this course

443 out of 515 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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4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/15/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Bad day for starter"


Billiard5511's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/11/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Part two: all aspects of course were very nice. Staff, course condition, pace of play price. The only negative part was the starter. We hit balls on range for 45-60 minutes. Never heard or saw him. Five minutes before our scheduled tee time we drove to first tee. The group ahead was leaving the tee. We waited until they got onto the green(a par 4). Saw no one and teed off one minutes after our tee off time. We were on the first green putting and the apparent starter starts yelling at us. “What are you doing? Who told you to tee off? Etc my partner asked him to calm down let me putt and we can walk right over to him, to determine his concerns. He told us to get off the green and wait as there was another player to join us. I finished my putt anyway, he drove off in a hostile manner. Not a very good customer service guy. Cannot say for sure that he was a starter. Although after nine holes which we played in one hour and forty minutes, we stopped to get a drink from the cart lady who was parked on ten tee and the same man from first tee drove by and said to stop talking to cart women and go tee off. Our third player was in restroom so we hit and then waited. The starter just seemed upset at us twice and not sure why. The hostile experience made us wonder what or why he was so aggressive. Thought you should know that he was mean spirited when everyone else was not. We will return but if it occurred again, we would not


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



u000005684263's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/10/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great layout."


u7355717's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/07/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in excellent condition and was a very challenging layout. Greens were in good shape and difficult to read. Many slopes and the pin placements were in difficult spots. One of my favorites in the Phoenix area.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



u000005684263's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/06/2018
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


"Brett"


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Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Disappointed with the course conditions at that price. I know there are many better options in the valley for less money than that.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u000003496393's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"McDowell Mountain GC"


64ismybest's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/28/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great golf course, very enjoyable and in excellent shape. Good mix of holes, greens were in nice condition, quite fast. I would definitely play there again. The range was a treat as the course offered new Callaway balls, but modest target areas. Winter sun (close to the horizon) made sunglasses / eyewear a must.

Nice after round lounge area / restaurant. Enjoyed the flat iron steak and beverage. Definitely had the feel of a private club. A great find and I will play here again...!


Pace of Play: Good

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


"Great Service"


jeffemme's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/15/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed the course - little disappointed there weren't better mountain views, but still nice. Also wished the carts had course screens and yardage. Bring your watches or range finders.

But staff was excellent. Played as a single - they went out of their way to pair me with a fun group.

I will return if I find another GolfNow deal!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Best course yet"


Bigmook61's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/10/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had a great time the staff was friendly and very helpful I would definitely recommend this course and I would definitely return the next time I'm in the area


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000005684263's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/06/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"The course is in excellent condition."



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/05/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoyed the round. Didn’t get to play with a group but the course is well laid out with a number of very interesting holes. It is well worth playing.


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


"Miserable experience at the course and before I went"


Mikenrose's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/03/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It is a shame that I will not play this course again. The people in the proshop do NOT know what they are doing, especially when it comes to Golf Now.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Challenging"


u000007007356's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoyed this course very much. The narrow farrow fairways and quick greens made this course very challengin. I would call it a great desert course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Pretty course-enjoyed it"


Gary6500201's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/22/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

When I booked a tee time for this course, in view of the fact that it is considered a desert course,I envisioned having to hit over actual desert areas as compared to the desert areas that were on either side of the fairways.I was not disappointed at all and I enjoyed playing the course.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great golf day."


Shelande12's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoyed playing this course. Beautiful weather. Course was in good shape. No real complaints except it could have played a little faster.


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


"Awesome deal"


Jeff5745869's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/18/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Got a $10 Saturday afternoon hot deal round. Can't beat that! Course was in really good shape, green and lush...except for a couple of bunkeers that I noticed appeared to be in bad shape and a bit rocky or had some overgrowth in them. Greens rolled nicely and seemed fair, not too quick or too slow. I played my 18 hole round in just over 3 1/2 hrs. Enjoyed the layout very much. First time there but wiill be back for sure, especially if I can find some nice deals like that!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Very enjoyable afternoon"


Stevendlee's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/16/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent service, very friendly and helpful staff. Great course for seniors like myself. No need to have to hit it a mile but still a great challenge. Definitely will play again.

Thanks for a great day.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"overrated"


susanmel's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/15/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

This course is overpriced. This course has nice wide fairways very fast greens and no views or trees. It's grossly overpriced. This is a $45.00 course not a $90.00 course. The clubhouse is nice but a cup of tea is $3.50. Everything says it's trying to be a country club without the country club flare or the staff to support it. The ranger was condescending, no water on the course, and because there are no trees the wind blows through. Apparently, golfers who play there like don't like to fix their divots, lack of respect for others. This course has nice wide fairways very fast greens and no views or trees. It's grossly overpriced. This is a $45.00 course not a $90.00 course. The clubhouse is nice but a cup of tea is $3.50. Everything says it's trying to be a country club without the country club flare or the staff to support it. The ranger was condescending, no water on the course, and because there are no trees the wind blows through. Apparently, golfers at this course lack respect for other, cut they don't fix their divots.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



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