Ken McDonald Golf Course

3.5939823529 3.6 stars from 5 (487)
  • 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 3.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.1 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 487 Reviews
5 stars:
66
4 stars:
252
3 stars:
117
2 stars:
34
1 stars:
18

recommend this course

408 out of 485 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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"Good value for money course"


Kangaroo1's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The pace of play was quite good, but slower than some courses. Took 4.5 hours to play 18 with a cart. This course allows walking so the walking groups slow the pace. The fairways are green but the rough areas are dead grass. Course gives a lot of roll. Booked as a twosome and were paired with two young gentlemen who were enjoyable to golf with. This course will always pair you so if yo want to play with those you know, book elsewhere. The greens are lush and quick. Overall, the course offers good value for the price you play, but because of the pace of play, don't book after two if you want to finish 18.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Greens were nice"


golfiggy's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2018
Previously played Used cart Cold weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in pretty good condition and the greens were in nice condition and rolling true with a bit of speed. Was pleasantly surprised by the round and although a pretty full course the pace of play was decent.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good course for the buck!"


tomjorgensen's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good course for the money and always have fun here.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 02/22/2018:

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

"Slow play"


Kangaroo1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The pace of play was very slow. If a Marshall was on course we never saw him. It took 4:30 minutes to play 15 holes before darkness arrived. There was a group in front of us that had an empty hole in front of them almost on every hole. No one was there to tell them they needed to play ready golf. The course itself is in good shape and the greens are fast and in great shape. The only major complaint we had was the lack of course management resulting in very slow play. I certainly won't be back on a weekend day.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 02/21/2018:

Hello Kangaroo1, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course and playing conditions. We also appreciate your feedback on our pace of play. We escalated your feedback to the appropriate departments. Thank you for visiting Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe and we hope to see you again soon!

"Great value"


u768819490's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2018
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Reviewed on

Fairways and greens in excellent shape. All i needed was to hit them. Great value right now. Practice area in good shape also.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 02/21/2018:

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

"Interesting Course"


u643379896's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Although it was very windy the day I played, I enjoyed the round. The course was in good condition and the pace of play was great. They could use some better signage to direct you from hole 9 to 10 and from hole 16 to 17.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 02/22/2018:

Hello, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our pace of play and course conditions. We also appreciate your feedback on our signage, we escalated your feedback to the appropriate departments. Thank you for visiting Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again the next time you are in the Tempe area!

"Ken McDonald GC"


david3589's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/10/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing this course, really enjoyed it. Course was in very good condition. I am looking forward to playing it again. I found the greens in great condition and faster than most public courses.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 02/14/2018:

Hello david3589, thank you for the five-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and our green speeds. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again the next time you are in Tempe!


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 02/12/2018:

Hello raisshoot67, thank you for the four-star rating. We are glad you enjoyed our pace of play and course conditions! Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again the next time you are in the Tempe area!

"Good value"


morganii's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent value and course in good shape

Will play again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 02/08/2018:

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

"Good greens!"


Gjdwsutherland's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Got several 1 putts. And back to back birdies on the front nine. I'm rating this course as "friendly"


Pace of Play: Average

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 02/08/2018:

Hello Gjdwsutherland, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you putted well on our greens and made back to back birdies on the front nine! Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again the next time you are in the Tempe area!

"Better Than I Remember"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It’s been a couple of years since I played there. I was pleasantly surprised by the improvement in course conditions. Grass tees on the range. Tees, fairways and greens were not lush but quite playable. Pace of play was just over 4 hours ( a bit slow) but overall decent value


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 02/08/2018:

Hello Smstewart, thank you for the three-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and affordable rates. We also appreciate your feedback on our pace of play. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again the next time you are in the Tempe area!

"This is an outstanding and challenging course"


uRYLW6963RY's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff and services provided are above reproach.


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 02/07/2018:

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

"great conditions and good price"


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 02/04/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the greens are excellent, best value so far i have seen in the valley lately. All the other course are way overpriced and just banking in on the season. Ken McDonald is in better shape than most for half the cost.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 02/06/2018:

Hello garryhill, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed the conditions of our greens and affordable rates! Thank you for visiting Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again the next time you are in the Tempe area!

"Quick greens"


Bobcat2013's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2018
First time playing Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Just arrived back in Az. First time playing this course. Met my expectations for a municipal course and the price range. Staff were friendly. We golfed with another twosome who were familiar with the course, otherwise we would have been confused by the layout.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 02/08/2018:

Hello Bobcat2013, thank you for the three-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and found our staff friendly. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again the next time you are in the Tempe area.

"Excellent value for your money"


u000008227579's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/30/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in excellent shape. Fairways and greens were great. Pace of play was good . Finished in 4 hrs as a foursome. Would definitely recommend this course .


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 02/01/2018:

Hello, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and pace of play! Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again the next time you are in the Tempe area!


ifjimenez62's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/28/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 01/30/2018:

Hello ifjimenez62, thank you for the five-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and affordable rates. We also appreciate your rating on staff friendliness, the pace of play, and off-course amenities. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again the next time you are in the Tempe area!


u000002056976's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/25/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 01/29/2018:

Hello, thank you for taking the time to rate our course. We appreciate your rating and we hope to see you again soon at Ken McDonald Golf Course!

"Terrible greens"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/25/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Not one for warning others but even for a decent price this course is undoubtedly experiencing the worst greens. In the last 3 months of regular golf their greens are the worst...WORST in all Phoenix area. Sorry but you need better maintenance!! Not impressed with whoever is taking care of course ...

Wouldn't recommend due to greens...sorry


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average


I don't recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 01/29/2018:

Hello Lolalachance, thank you for taking the time to write a review of our course. We appreciate your feedback on the conditions of our greens and we have escalated your feedback to the appropriate departments. Thank you for visiting Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to earn your business again.

"Great Condition"


u000001013199's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/25/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great condition, greens were great also. Pace of play was a little slow, two groups backed up on a couple of par threes.Great practice area.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 01/29/2018:

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

"Nice level course"


Tedk49's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/23/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Municipal Course keep in excellent condition. Very good practise facility.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 01/30/2018:

Hello Tedk49, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and practice facility! Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again the next time you are in the Tempe area!


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