Dobson Ranch Golf Course

3.6123411765 3.6 stars from 5 (166)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6593 yards
  • Slope: 117
  • Rating: 71.0
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Back 72 6593 yards 71.0 117
Middle 72 6176 yards 69.1 113
Forward 72 5598 yards 71.34 116

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 166 Reviews
5 stars:
29
4 stars:
89
3 stars:
27
2 stars:
13
1 stars:
8

recommend this course

134 out of 166 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near the airport in the 'burbs   Great for locals walkers seniors   Challenges include undulating greens bunkers water hazards   Great for drinks brunch watching the game  

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"Dobson ranch Oct 11_17"


James8698235's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2017
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Dobson is a good course with great green design. It is a Muni that is in real good condition. Lots of practice facility and easy to find. Highly recommend. If your looking for a very good golf course with tough greens, try Dobson.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Pleasantly surprised"


Dshabby's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

I was surprised about this course. It was a better fit for me to play from the blue tees but generally I play from whites. Course was in pretty good condition, par 5 were quite far, 1 long par 3. If you keep drives in the middle of fairways, you will have a better opportunity at hitting the greens. Trees and water hazards seemed to be the main hazards that get you into trouble. Pace was a little slower. No water stations but cart girl will provide container with ice to keep beers cold. 11th hole has snack shack...Chicago dog is tasty. Fairly flat and can be walked but it was hot out there and no water stations....cart was better for us.... The greens rolled pretty true and were not super fast like other courses we have played but there are some undulating slopes that can make some putting a challenge. Most clientele appeared to be beginner to intermediate types. It was a better course that I envisioned it would be and enjoyed my round.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"First timer"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyed the course. Greens were in good shape and speed was good. On the downside 7 minute tee times cause backups especially with so many walkers. Staff very friendly and accommodating.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice track, nice value"


u000006524114's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/02/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

A nice course that was in excellent shape. Greens were very tricky but also in excellent condition. Very good value for money.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



Weiser1960's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Water/Ice"


u000006480686's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

No water stations on course, only hot drinking fountains.

No ice chests on cart to keep my own bottled water cold (95% of courses I play have ice chests).

Woman in restaurant/bar told me it would be $3 for a bucket of ice if I didn't buy anything from the bar.

Seems pretty harsh in AZ to take that stance on giving customers ice.

I've been a Mesa resident (mostly in Dobson Ranch area) for 30 years. This is the closest course to my house and I rarely play it because of details like this.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"A break from target golf."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It's nice to play a more traditional course, with trees and larger fairways. The course is wide and forgiving. The greens however have some undulation, and can present some challenges.


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


"Love the course conditions"


u723929470's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played an early morning tee time with a tournament starting behind us. Marshall was friendly, just reminded us once to keep up a good pace due to the tournament. Course was in beautiful shape, and layout was challenging. But not overly difficult or intimidating.


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


"A Summer Challenge to Walk"


jsimmons65's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2017
Previously played Walked Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was my first time playing Dobson Ranch in several years, and three of our four players walked. It was hot, but not unbearable. However, the length, plus the heat can start to affect your game if you are walking and are not in fairly good shape. Take plenty of water and sun screen, and look for the shade, while standing and waiting your turn to play. Bumkers are somewhat crusty in the summer, bu playable, but by-in-large the greatest challenge is the length. It's nice if you have a decent drive and second shot on the longer holes.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"One of my favorite courses"


jgolferlady's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have been playing Dobson Ranch since they opened in l974. It's always in great shape, challenging, but fair and a very friendly staff.


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



u00000668687's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



John7342936's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


drumshtik101's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great value for your money. The course was in fantastic shape for the end of April. Nice open Parkland style course very similar to Encanto and Biltmore adobe. Great course for my wife who is in her first year of golf and there was some good challenging greens for myself.

We definitely will be back


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Dobson deal"


James8698235's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Dobson ranch is a good golf course with very tough greens. The greens are quite undulated and smooth . Fairways were in very good condition. Getting off fairways presented some challenging lies which is fine, and the tree lined holes were always present to keep you thinking. I have played Dobson many times in the past and finally got back there and enjoyed it very much. If you have not played it, you won't be disappointed. This 3 handicap had his hands full. Dobson offers enough challenge.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"yuck"


Gmills65's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I'll never play there again. Driving range balls all over two fairways and members firing balls at you to make you play faster.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Dobson Ranch"


Mike3197693's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was good practice area good pace of play was slow. Ranger was on course but one group in particular was slow all day


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



HotPinkGolfBall's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Great greens but that's all"


u291472768's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Terrible pace of play! It took us 5 hrs 15 mins for 18 holes. Never saw a course marshal. Sometimes there were 3 groups waiting at the t-box. Greens were great but fairways were hard as concrete, even my wife was driving 225 yds because of the bounce and roll.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course



Jametsa's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Greed slows pace of play"


Fisherman573's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in decent condition. We played two weeks ago and were done in 4 hours. The pace today(Sunday) was slow. Had to wait over 5 minutes at every tee on the front nine. The course marshal said they were using 7 minute intervals. The pace picked up on the back nine but it took FIVE hours to play. That is unacceptable and just shows GREED. Come on, City of Mesa, space out the tee times so your residents can enjoy the game.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



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