Ken McDonald Golf Course

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3.8
564
5 Stars
88
4 Stars
299
3 Stars
122
2 Stars
37
1 Stars
18
Conditions
3.7
Value
4.1
Layout
3.9
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.5
88.3%
Recommend this course
481 out of 562 reviews
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Average Rating
4.3
30
5 Stars
10
4 Stars
19
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.4
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.4
96.7%
Recommend this course
29 out of 30 reviews
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Average Rating
4.1
127
5 Stars
30
4 Stars
79
3 Stars
15
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.0
Value
4.2
Layout
4.0
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.2
94.5%
Recommend this course
121 out of 127 reviews
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About

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

3.8
564

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 40
Brunch 13
19th Hole Specials 12
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 68
Water Hazards 60
Narrow Fairways 19
This course/club is great for:
Locals 83
Walkers 66
Seniors 56
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 98
Near the Airport 36
Worth the Drive 23

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Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

greens are slow

besides the greens being slower than usual and a few wet spots around the greens, the course is in good shape... it really slowed down on the back side unfortunately there were four groups on a par four.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Nice Course

Glad cart path only was over. Course was in good shape. Wet and soggy in some areas...to be expected coming off over-seeding. Good course for the value!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
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 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

course in excellent condition

greens were a little slow overall course looked good

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

Great Play

Friendly staff; all the carts seemed to be new or in very good condition. The course was very well maintained and a pleasure to play on. Would definitely recommend this course to anyone!

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

Communication

Nice course, good value. Greens were running very slow but do break for the most part how they read.

However a five hour and forty minute round is not conducive to a good round of golf for me.

Was not told that a women's school tournament was scheduled before making my tee time.

Had I been told this I would have played elsewhere. Also 2 foursomes ahead of our group (college students men) held up play on every tee box. They would play a hole then wait on all 8 of them on the next tee box to get together and talk, wrestle,play extremely loud music and shotgun beers before teeing off. The Marshall

when we did see him which was not often did nothing to speed up play. Four to five groups backed up due to these 2 Groups. Those of us who were trying to be patient succumbed to irritation. Don't get me wrong nice course but come on man YOU CAN DO BETTER THIS!!!!!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

good shape

course is in good shape greens a little slow and furry

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0

Nice course

Great course for the money all staff was very friendly. Like paying this course

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

Greens

Greens are recovering nicely from being aeriated, yet were hairy and slow today. Otherwise great value.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 08/07/2018:
Hello Scott6280909, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our affordable rates and had a great experience at Ken McDonald Golf Course. We also appreciate your feedback on our green speeds. Thank you for visiting us and we hope to see you again soon!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Course in good shape considering summer

Staff in shop was extremely nice & helpful! Played the course in 3 hrs & Considering heat , course was in much better shape than expected on fairways and greens, all in all a good experience !

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Response from Blue Rock Springs Golf Club on 08/08/2018:
Hello jcasteel, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions, the pace of play, and found our staff friendly. Thank you for playing Blue Rock Springs Golf Club and we hope to see you again soon!
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

course in pretty good shape

I will admit in comparison to several other big name courses this course is in better shape. The greens were a little slow considering they were punched a few weeks ago but no sand, and very receiving. The fairways and tee boxes better than most, bunkers were wet and compacted.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 07/31/2018:
Hello garryhill, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and we appreciate your feedback on our green speeds. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe and we hope to see you again soon!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 08/07/2018:
Hello Budlightguy, thank you for the five-star review. We are glad you had an excellent golf experience at Ken McDonald Golf Course. Thank you for visiting us and we hope to see you again soon!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 07/19/2018:
Hello Serf, thank you for the four-star rating. We are glad you had a great golf experience at Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe. We also appreciate your rating on our course conditions. Thank you for playing our course and we hope to see you again soon!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 07/16/2018:
Hello rshaulis, thank you for the five-star rating. We are glad you had an excellent experience at Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe. Thank you for playing our course and we hope to see you again soon!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great Course

This is always a fun course to play. The course layout balances fun and challenging holes. The fairways are pretty bare in a few spots but that’s something that should be expected in Arizona during the summer and the new grass looks like it’s coming in well. The greens were perfect and everything else was well maintained. Definitely will be back before the summer is over while the course is wide open.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 07/05/2018:
Hello u6025429, thank you for the five-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course layout and the conditions of our greens. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe and we hope to see you again soon!
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 06/27/2018:
Hello mike003, thank you for the four-star rating. We are glad you had a great golf experience at Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe. Thank you for playing our course and we hope to see you again soon!
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great experience

Kenny Mac is a course I play often I always enjoy it fun layout and in good condition for the summer definitely recommend it for the price the also have discounted rates for juniors and Arizona residents so check that out

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 06/27/2018:
Hello Eclark36, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course and had a great golf experience. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe and we hope to see you again soon!
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 06/27/2018:
Hello Hemperasu, thank you for the four-star rating. We are glad you had a great golf experience at Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe. We also appreciate your rating on the pace of play. Thank you for visiting us and we hope to see you again soon!
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