Ken McDonald Golf Course

3.7706764706 3.8 stars from 5 (543)
  • 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: 3.6 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 543 Reviews
5 stars:
83
4 stars:
283
3 stars:
122
2 stars:
37
1 stars:
18

recommend this course

460 out of 541 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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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



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



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
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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!

"Experience playing the course"


golfer847239847487's avatar
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

What a nice surprise playing KM! Friendly and helpful Pro Shop and restaurant staff complemented nicely the excellent experience playing the course. The greens were in excellent condition and so were most of the fairways. However, the green side bunkers were so uneven that one wasn't sure which wedge to bring. The reduced distance range balls are OK but I longed for a ball where I could get normal flight conditions on both irons and the driver. I guess they have to use the reduced distance range balls given the emergence of long drivers in teens and young adults who hit regular flight balls over the fence at the end of the range into the boonies or near golfers playing holes on the west side of the range. One can see the improvements made in the last year which make playing KM a great value. We are fortunate to have such a nice municipal course where you can complete 18 holes in less than 4 hours. I will be back with friends!!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

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 05/08/2018:

Hello golfer847239847487, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course, the pace of play, and found our staff friendly. We also appreciate your feedback on the bunkers and range balls. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe and we hope to see you again soon!

"Kenny Mac is very Forgiving"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Every time I step foot on this course I feel honored to get to play the game of golf


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 04/30/2018:

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

"Pace was slow"


mckmik1963's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

They had a senior tournament that had just ended when we arrived. Some of them played another round and were slow. They have no ranger and it took us 4 hrs to play. The course was in good condition . The greens were hard and did not hold a shot..

I booked with golf now at a rate that was far cheaper than what the course offered, so if you play book it on golf now and save some money.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 04/26/2018:

Hello mckmik1963, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course conditions and we appreciate your feedback on the pace of play. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course and we hope to see you again soon!


brett3060637's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 04/25/2018:

Hello brett3060637, thank you for taking the time to rate our course. We are glad you enjoyed our friendly staff, the pace of play, and off-course amenities. We also appreciate your rating on the course conditions, rates, and course layout. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe and we hope to see you again soon.


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 04/25/2018:

Hello stbischo, 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 your business and we hope to see you again soon!

"Conditions moving in the wrong direction"


berg8624's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played here in December, and it was the best shape I've ever seen it. Played here in April, and while the greens were still in great shape, there were lots of dead spots in/off the fairways and in some cases entire tee boxes nearly lost completely. Seems like the City of Tempe might be cutting corners to save a few pennies. The beer cart must have died, because they were using a maintenance vehicle with ice chests in the flatbed. The beer cart girl ran out of cups AND ice, so we bought hot Gatorades. Then at the turn, stopped to get some ice in the restaurant, where there was one waitress total who appeared to be having a bad day since she was running the whole place. Garbage cans overflowing on a couple holes probably because they are cutting staff to save a few bucks. Kenny Mac is still a decent value at $40 in the current conditions, but I'm hoping the City doesn't let this trend continue.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Response from Ken McDonald Golf Course on 04/25/2018:

Hello berg8624, thank you for taking the time to write a review of our course. We appreciate your feedback on the course conditions, beverage cart, staff friendliness, and garbage on the course. We escalated your feedback to the appropriate departments. Thank you for visiting Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe and we value your feedback.

"Pigs Playing Golf"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I enjoy playing Ken McDonalds GC. Sadly there those who show-up thinking they can take their lunch at the turn on to the course and just through the trash near the small trash can. Following them, I made the effort to pick-up their trash and push it all down into the can before the wind would have blow it into the lake. Also if you're going to play our golf courses, make sure you wear golf attire, not muscle t-shirts when you don't even have muscles.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

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 04/25/2018:

Hello arphx, thank you for the four-star review. We are glad you enjoyed our course and we are sorry you had to pick up after the groups ahead of you. We also appreciate your feedback on the golf attire and etiquette of the other golfers. We escalated your feedback to the appropriate departments. Thank you for playing Ken McDonald Golf Course in Tempe and we hope to see you again soon!


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