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4.1
670 Reviews (670)
5 Stars
117
4 Stars
365
3 Stars
132
2 Stars
37
1 Stars
19
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.4
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.8
95.2%
Recommend this course
585 out of 670 reviews
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4.1
53 Reviews (53)
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
33
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.6
Layout
4.2
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.4
96.2%
Recommend this course
51 out of 53 reviews
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4.1
109 Reviews (109)
5 Stars
29
4 Stars
69
3 Stars
10
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
4.6
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.3
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.5
98.2%
Recommend this course
107 out of 109 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
670 Reviews (670)

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
Used cart

good condition

The course was in very good condition considering it was coming out of over seeding.It is a very flat course with most holes straight out in front of you .
The traps are well maintained, greens were good, and the fairways were neatly cut.
Pace of play was very good also. i would recommend this course to anyone

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Not to bad

I think they are starting overseeding process soon. But the course was still green, greens were fast and firm. Not bad for the time of year. The value was unbeatable.

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

Great Muni

Considering over-seeding is just a week away, the course was in great condition. Staff is always friendly and professional, including the cart lady. Course was surprisingly busy for a weekday, yet pace was outstanding as we finished in just over four hours. Can't wait to play once the winter grass has taken root!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Terrific course

We are out of towners and this was our first time golfing here. The whole experience was enjoyable. The staff were great, the course in great shape and the other players congenial. We will definitely come back.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Poor management

Ken McDonald is struggling to maintain decent conditions with the 12 dollar an hour temporary workers. The greens with terrible cup cutting and large widespread weeds on the hole course along with numerous water leaks that have turned into muddy swamps it seems that downtown mangers know nothing about golf course management and don't seem interested in learning it.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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 Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

tight fairways

The course is fun to play and has a nice layout for the holes. Par 5 are tough and long for high handicappers. Greens could be faster and bunkers are rock hard. A sand wedge tends to bounce off the sand resulting in thin shots and skulls. You could play this course differently each time and I will play differently the next time. Also the fairways need work.

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

Great Golf Course

Ken McDonald is always a pleasure to play. The parking area is a bit distant from the Pro Shop but that is my only complaint. The greens were a bit slow but rolled true and were very receptive. Overall a great experience as always.

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

Great value.

Course is in good shape especially for the summer. Played 18 in around 3 hours despite having to wait for groups ahead of us for the last 6 holes.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

excellent course for the price!! we both had a great time no waiting to tee off . layout is great.. greens are slow so you just have to give a little more swing power on your chip shots. definitely play again

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

Condition of course and pace of play

The course was in good condition and the pace of play was less than four hours.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great day of Golf

I enjoyed the course. The grass was well kept. The course overall was great. There were some challenging courses to keep things interesting and the variation of long pars and short pars was wonderful.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

A nice, underated city-run track.

I've played here since 1999, and it is kept in better conditions than ever. I'm not a great player, so I love the parkland-style, wall-to-wall grass and wide fairways. I played at Dobson alot, similar style course - but that city now lets a private firm run it - not as good anymore!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Quality Course

This course located in Tempe is reasonable in price, challenging (unless you are a PGA card holder), and works well with the goal of trying to play golf with improvement and fun in mind.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great local course-long

Ken Macdonald is a very nice course. It is not too difficult although it's rather lengthy. You can drive the golf cart into the parking lot which saves a lot of effort.

The course is in pretty good shape for middle of summer. Generally they keep good care of the greens and fairways During the summer months, the price is reasonable

Staff is friendly

1st timers - When driving to Ken Mac- be careful that you don't miss the entrance. It is tucked away in a quiet neighborhood

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