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4.1
717 Reviews (717)
5 Stars
130
4 Stars
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3 Stars
136
2 Stars
37
1 Stars
19
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.5
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.9
95.2%
Recommend this course
630 out of 717 reviews
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4.2
73 Reviews (73)
5 Stars
22
4 Stars
45
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.7
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
97.3%
Recommend this course
71 out of 73 reviews
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4.1
123 Reviews (123)
5 Stars
31
4 Stars
78
3 Stars
13
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.6
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.6
96.7%
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119 out of 123 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Traditional
Par 72
Length 6743 yards
Slope 125
Rating 71.5

Located in the metropolitan Phoenix area, the affordably priced Ken McDonald Golf Course is a championship-length course that is suitable for any level of golfer. The flat terrain of the course makes for an enjoyable stroll, while the water hazards that come into play on eight holes provide plenty of challenge. The water hazards are provided by the Western Canal, which flows directly through the golf course. The par-5 11th hole is the longest on the course at 570 yards; it is very difficult to reach in two shots. In addition to the course, Ken McDonald Golf Course offers several other amenities including a restaurant, club fitting and repairs, and professional golf instruction.

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Course Details

Year Built 1974
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Snyder

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "The Core Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Reviews

4.1
717 Reviews (717)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 40
Brunch 13
19th Hole Specials 12
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 69
Water Hazards 61
Narrow Fairways 19
This course/club is great for:
Locals 84
Walkers 67
Seniors 57
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 99
Near the Airport 37
Worth the Drive 23

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Skill Intermediate
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4.0
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First Time Playing

Good value

Nice wide fairways not a lot of trouble to get into

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

This is an average city maintained course

I would play this course again. The fairways are narrow but the dormant Bermuda grass is forgiving. I do think they could do a better job on the grounds for the course.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very Enjoyable

We golfed with a couple from Alberta and had a very pleasant day on the course. Fairways in great shape but some of the greens were starting to show some brown. The distance from the ninth to tenth tees and from 16 green to 17 tee was quite the distance for someone walking. Overall, a very pleasant day of golf.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

The only down-side to this visit was the group ahead that walked the course extremely slowly. As we sat and waited at most holes, not a mention was made about playing through...and as the day progressed, and they became slower and slower, no courtesy was shown. Maybe a Marshall could have intervened.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Extremely helpful and friendly staff

I decided to branch out and try an east valley course. This is a muni course... I got there for an early tee time and was greeted by a very friendly staff member. He made sure I got the $3 special which was 2 draft beers, 2 mixed drinks, or a sandwich at the turn or after the round. The food was also pretty solid. The “beer angel” was readily available as we saw her more often than most courses I’ve been to.

Traps were in great shape compared to the concrete feel most courses at this price point offer.

All around this was a fantastic experience and I wish I lived closer so I could play it all of the time!

I will DEFINITELY be back!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Great Course

Played this course for the first time. For $25.00 it is a steal. Course is well managed and maintained. I could tell the employees at this course take pride in their work. Everything was well maintained. I was not expecting much, and boy was I surprised at the shape the course was in. The greens are well guarded by Sand Traps and present a challenge on approach. Course management is essential off the tee. One miss guided shot brings a big number into play. I have played a lot of courses in this area and this is by far the best value for the money. Can't wait to play it again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Traps

The fairways are green and cut short so you get lots of roll. Sand traps are huge and have adequate sand in them. It would be helpful to have more than one sand rake in each trap since they are so large. Greens are generally consistent. Lots of geese on the water hole so much goose crap on the greens @nd fairways.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Cold weather
Used cart

Ken McDonald Course

Fairways and greens were fine.......layout fairly straightforward.....for the price it is a good time.

Philip H
Carefree, AZ

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A great course to walk.

Perfect short game area. Every course should be like this. Fabulous staff. Restroom s very clean. David

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great time

The staff could not have been friendlier, and the course was in great shape and a fun time. Will see you again soon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice course

Tee boxes and fairways in great condition Greens not lightening fast, which was nice. Quality sand in the bunkers. Friendly staff. Played in 4 hrs. And for $50, it was a tremendous deal.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good day

Staff very nice I like the course fairways good shape greens too

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Good Value

Fairways are green. Greens are a little rough but generally good. Pace of play was good. Some sand traps need a bit more sand!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

local muni in tempe,az

first staff Very Friendly,from starter to girl in the restaurant,,fairly flat golf course not much sand in the bunkers and hardly any rakes so lots of unkept/raked bunkers,greens ok but as the round went on got kinda spotty and lots of pitch marks that had been poorly fixed or not fixed at all(it is becoming a huge problem in the Phoenix/Tucson area) kinda a weird layout after nine holes have to go almost 1/4 mile to play the 10th hole across the parking lot and canal to play 7 ho;es and then come back to play the last 2 holes

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Lush fairways

Course had lush fairways and challenging greens. Good pace

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played

Great Muni

Played on a day where it rained lightly all round. Needless to say the course got saturated. However, it still played well and was fair. Regardless of rain course was nearly full but pace excellent, finishing in under four hours.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A municipal course worth playing

This course is a gem.
Greens were in great conditions.
Fairways are beautiful

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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