McDowell Mountain Golf Club

4.0259000000 4.0 stars from 5 (464)
  • 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: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.8 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 464 Reviews
5 stars:
152
4 stars:
214
3 stars:
65
2 stars:
24
1 stars:
9

recommend this course

398 out of 462 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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"Bit disappointing"


rathke's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

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


"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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Reviewed on


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
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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
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



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