Ken McDonald Golf Course

3.7837529412 3.8 stars from 5 (550)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6743 yards
  • Slope: 125
  • Rating: 71.5
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "The Core Golf Academy"

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Proper golf attire required.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

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

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 550 Reviews
5 stars:
85
4 stars:
288
3 stars:
122
2 stars:
37
1 stars:
18

recommend this course

467 out of 548 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city near the airport worth the drive   Great for locals walkers seniors   Challenges include bunkers water hazards narrow fairways   Great for drinks brunch 19th hole specials  

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Serf's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



rshaulis's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


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!

"Great Course"


u6025429's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/30/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


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!


mike003's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


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!

"Great experience"


Eclark36's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

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


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


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!


Hemperasu's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


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!


thenaysm's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/21/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 06/27/2018:

Hello thenaysm, thank you for the four-star rating. We are glad you has 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!


Costa19's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 06/20/2018:

Hello Costa19, thank you for the five-star rating. We are glad you had an excellent golf experience at Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe. Thank you for visiting us and we hope to see you again soon!


sherlock1961's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 06/20/2018:

Hello sherlock1961, thank you for the five-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our affordable rates and had an excellent golf experience. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe and we hope to see you again soon!


thenaysm's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 06/13/2018:

Hello thenaysm, 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 visiting us and we hope to see you again soon!

"Good Course to play"


GCoxPMDRX's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good Course and in good shape considering the hot weather


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 06/13/2018:

Hello GCoxPMDRX, thank you for the five-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and had an excellent golf experience. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe and we hope to see you again soon!

"Average Course - Weird Layout"


zepelin1's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/02/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nothing much to say about this course. The greens were smooth, but slow. Had a few perfect drives in the middle of the fairway that ended up in dirt. Importantly, this course is not conducive to walkers. The old layout made much more sense. Finishing on the old #1 and #2 holes adds about a half a mile to your walk. When it's over 100 degrees, that can make a difference. Overall, it's a muni course...don't expect much more.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 06/12/2018:

Hello zepelin1, thank you for taking the time to write a review of our course. We appreciate your feedback on our layout and course conditions. Thank you for visiting Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe and we hope to earn your business again.

"The course was in good shape"


Norman6's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/31/2018
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Reviewed on

It was a good day for golf. The course was in fantastic shape


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 06/06/2018:

Hello Norman6, thank you for the five-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and had an excellent golf experience. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe and we hope to see you again soon!

"greens are good everything else ok"


garryhill's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

greens were good nice roll, fairways, tee boxes, and rough you can tell are lacking water in certain places. Overall ok conditions but need to get with the times on the price though


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 05/30/2018:

Hello garryhill, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed the conditions of our greens and our affordable rates. We also appreciate your feedback on our course conditions. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again soon!

"Nice Muni course"


castingguy2005's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I won't call it a hidden gem, maybe a hidden precious metal? Get the biggest negative out of the way: beverage cart didn't show up until the ninth hole then got indignant when we said we're just gonna stop at the turn. Yup, you guessed it, didn't see her again rest of the day.

Layout is nice and scoreable, fairways were in great shape for early summer, and greens were true. It was great fun, course is showing it's wear, and it was just a little over priced for it's condition but hey, it was a holiday weekend and pace was very good considering. 7am tee time, off course by 11:30.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 05/30/2018:

Hello castingguy2005, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and our pace of play. We also appreciate your feedback on our rates and on our beverage cart. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe and we hope to see you again soon!

"Excellent Golf Experience!"


PhantomF4's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This is one of the few courses where you will use all the clubs in your bag if you're drives aren't in the fairway.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 05/31/2018:

Hello PhantomF4, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course layout and had a great golf experience. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe and we hope to see you again soon!


raisshoot67's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens in great shape. Fairways good for this time of year. Excellent value.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 05/21/2018:

Hello raisshoot67, thank you for the four-star review, We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and our affordable rates. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe and we hope to see you again soon!

"Great Course!!"


cschaeffer's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/13/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is great as well the service!! we enjoyed

CS


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 05/16/2018:

Hello cschaeffer, thank you for the five-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course and found our staff friendly. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe and we hope to see you again soon!

"A friendly place"


Provine's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I like Ken McD for its staff, the value for the money, the layout of the course, and the quality of the fairways and greens. It is challenging, without being daunting. And I can usually find my ball (and sometimes someone else's).


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 05/09/2018:

Hello Provine, thank you for the five-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course, our affordable rates, and found our staff friendly. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe and we hope to see you again soon!

"Great Greens"


TIMOTHY9140523's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens ran true. Overall great condition just keep it on the fairway.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 05/07/2018:

Hello TIMOTHY9140523, thank you for the five-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions, especially our greens. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe and we hope to see you again soon!


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