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4.1
630 Reviews (630)
5 Stars
105
4 Stars
341
3 Stars
128
2 Stars
37
1 Stars
19
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.4
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.7
94.7%
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546 out of 630 reviews
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4.1
57 Reviews (57)
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
37
3 Stars
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2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.6
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.2
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.6
98.2%
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56 out of 57 reviews
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4.2
89 Reviews (89)
5 Stars
24
4 Stars
58
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.6
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.6
98.9%
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88 out of 89 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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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 72 6743 yards 71.5 125
Middle 72 6316 yards 69.6 118
Forward (W) 73 5782 yards 71.4 116
Scorecard for Ken McDonald Golf Course
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Back M: 71.5/125 364 570 397 513 184 364 356 195 389 3332 515 170 402 216 359 529 443 341 436 3411 6743
Middle M: 69.6/118 346 514 374 490 161 351 332 171 363 3102 489 145 387 183 341 507 424 324 414 3214 6316
Forward W: 72.3/123 325 447 355 473 142 337 312 153 348 2892 461 127 321 157 320 476 415 308 305 2890 5782
Handicap 13 1 11 3 15 17 9 7 5 8 16 12 6 14 10 4 18 2
Par 4 5 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 36 5 3 4 3 4 5 4 4 4 36 72
Handicap (W) 11 3 5 1 17 9 13 15 7 4 18 12 16 8 2 10 14 6

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
630 Reviews (630)

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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4.0
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Previously Played

Good shape

This course was in pretty good shape. When a lot of other courses around the valley have punched greens right now this course was playing well and a good price.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 25 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

burning off winter grass

you can tell it is going through transition from winter to summer grass...several brown spots and greens looking a little drier than usual

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Good municipal course, excellent value

For seniors, walking this is an excellent deal. $24 on a weekend! Seriously. For an extra $3 you can get breakfast or lunch or 2 domestic draft beers. I didn’t do that, but the guys I played with did, and their lunches looked really good.

Course has some nice holes, many trees and the greens roll very well. I haven’t found a better vs,use in the valley.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course for the money, staff is friendly and helpful.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Slow play for a mid afternoon round

Course is in transition , dry , hard and fast fairways & greens , still in decent shape

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

Nice experience

This was a very nicely designed course, offering many low stress holes. Very user friendly, non-punitive, enjoyable course. It was well maintained, with true greens running at medium speeds. Some of the sand traps didn’t have enough sand. Otherwise, very good condition. Plenty of length depending on tees you choose. I really liked this course!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great Value and good condition

Just after a May day rain and the course was lightly booked. Pace of play was good, but as we started the second 9, we got more players and it slowed to normal. Greens were excellent and quick. Overall course was well maintained and in good condition. Even had an employee clean our clubs at the end of the round. Nice touch for a small gratuity! I would definitely play here again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Only course I ever played where rates go up later in the day

Garbage.

Could have played at 7:30 for $14. Or a hot deal at 9-11 for $24 but I try getting out at noon on a weekday in may at a Tempe course as it’s getting warmer is $40!!!!!. Worked at courses my whole life, currently work at ping. What bogus management. I worked at a city municipal and this ain’t it.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Muni golf

Overall great experience. I was a single going out, and pace of play was quick (front 9 in 1 hr 15 minutes).

Back nine a bit of a different story. Pace of play slowed, had to wait on couple of holes...finished in 2 hrs...overall round played just over 3 hrs...I'll take it anytime.

For a muni course, greens were soft and played quick...rough was patchy, but played well. Sand traps soft, no dirt in traps.

Would definitely recommend...

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Very nice people work there. Pro shop is welcoming and courteous.Only the beverage cart people don’t seem interested. Have played there 5 times this year. Most inconsistent beverage cart service in the valley.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

I hesitate...

Ken McDonald is a great value and I hesitate to endorse it because it will get even more play than now. As a municipal course, it delivers value in so many ways - including a great staff and practice facilities - it’s not a resort course, it’s a really well kept municipal course at a really good price.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Flat but fun

Enjoyed the first round of the year. Some very long walks between front and back. Traps were terrible. Greens good.

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

Straight Course

Ken McDonald has been around for a while and although the fairways and greens are well maintained, the ground seemed very hard. There was a lot of roll with the ball on the course. A couple of times, my ball rolled all the way across the green on my second shot from end to end. The fairways are generally straight with only a couple of exceptions. #9 doglegs to the right around water and it is a steep drop off, so it's narrow to the left to keep it up. One must drive across a parking lot to reach most of the back 9. #10 is a long par 5 that goes across the cart path to the right, so it's better to lay up the drive. There's a lot of water around the par 3 #11. #15 has water at the bend as it doglegs to the left, which is hidden from the tees. Keeping it left may reach the water. #17 & #18 are back across the parking lot near the clubhouse. Overall it is a fun course and in good shape.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good course

Course was in excellent condition.
Professional was very friendly at check in. Offered us the meal special where dor an additional $3 we could get either breakfast or lunch or a couple of drinks.
Also offered to get us on earlier if we wanted but we decided to have breakfast instead. Food was good and the staff very friendly.
Course was in excellent condition and the pace of play was great as we finished in 4 hours.
The course layout was challenging but fair.
Would definitely come back and play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

good Value

Old style back and forth fairways. Course in great shape for city course. Just a good as some top level ones.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent Walk

We were 4 playing and we had a very comfortable walk. The course was in excellent shape. We played under 4 hours.
I would recommend to anyone to play this course.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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