Ken McDonald Golf Course

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4.0
594
5 Stars
99
4 Stars
317
3 Stars
123
2 Stars
37
1 Stars
18
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.2
Layout
3.9
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.6
91.8%
Recommend this course
511 out of 594 reviews
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Average Rating
4.3
40
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
26
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.3
Value
4.5
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.5
100.0%
Recommend this course
40 out of 40 reviews
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Average Rating
4.2
112
5 Stars
33
4 Stars
70
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.3
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.3
96.4%
Recommend this course
108 out of 112 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

4.0
594

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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Handicap 10-14
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4.0
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Cold weather
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Hit it and chase it

Great course to break in your game. Course is an exceptional value in this area. Greens moderate speed but greens and fairways very lush for a public course. Flat terrain, wide fairways, bunkers in nice shape. Friendly staff. If you are a beginner or a snow bird shaking off the rust before tackling more challenging courses you will more than get your money's worth here. Played in just over 4 hours.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
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Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Excellent Value

Great muni course that's actually affordable during the winter months. The course is always in good condition. Speed of play is usually pretty steady.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
First Time Playing

Deceiving

I saw this course one day while driving down Rural Rd. I figured it was some rinkydink muni course, but was quite surprised. Although it's flat it was very challenging with lots of sand, trees, water & length. It's 7000 yds from the back tees! It was in great shape: fairways, green & tee boxes. Bunkers were a little hard, but it was after a day of rain. I will return.

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

We would come back...

We really liked this course. It was our first time playing there, but I'll be back. The course was in great shape, from tee to green. Lush green in the fairways contrasted nicely with the dormant grass of the rough. There was plenty of width to be able to hit away on the tee with little fear. There isn't much variety between the holes, but that was ok. The length of some of the holes is what gives them their difficulty. Four hundred plus par fours, two hundred plus par threes. Other than that, there weren't too many places to get in trouble. The greens were soft enough to hold the long approaches. All in all, a good place to work on your game. Not to mention the driving range, the putting green, the chipping area and the bunker practice areas. Get there early to try them out.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great municipal golf course!!

This is a great course in Tempe!! Condition is the best in years!! Friendly staff nice layout always a great day at Kenny Mack!!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser

Great course, great value. Course in excellent shape.

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

Good value/we'll maintained

Only of thing is the layout of holes 17 and 18.. What genius decided to separate holes 16 and 17 by half a mile?

Otherwise the course is a great "Muni".

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

Course is in excell my shape Abe pace of play very good

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

It's why we play public courses

Courses like this are for enjoying your round without having to grind over every shot! You have the opportunity to use every club you carry. Go play it and you will be glad you did. Bunkers the day we played were wet. Trusting the sand pro is normally run thru them when sand is dry??

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Great place to walk

Good place for walking. Flat and lots of trees. Really enjoyed the walk. Greens were very good and staff friendly. Could play here every day.

Senior rate walking is a great deal.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Great municiple course

The course was in excellent condition today. Greens were fast and the tee boxes were healthy too.

The only downside to the course was the condition of the bunkers. They need to be cultivated to fluff the sand. All of the bunkers our group played out of we very compact.

We love this course and will be back to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
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
Cold weather
Used cart

rushed to the first tee good shape

the staff rushed us to the first tee prior to our tee time i think due to a cancellation. we ended up catching the group ahead of us and had to wait anyways...the course is in good shape the greens rolled very true. just like most courses this time of year are over charging

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Excellent Condition

The greens and fairways are in excellent shape! Pace of play was very good. Staff very friendly.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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