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4.4
708 Reviews (708)
5 Stars
290
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
22
1 Stars
12
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.1
93.4%
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644 out of 708 reviews
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4.3
35 Reviews (35)
5 Stars
15
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
2
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2
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.1
StaffFriendliness
4.5
91.4%
Recommend this course
32 out of 35 reviews
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4.4
114 Reviews (114)
5 Stars
61
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
2
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.5
93.0%
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106 out of 114 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Traditional
Par 71
Length 6410 yards
Slope 124
Rating 69.5

Nestled within Fountain Hills, the course at the Desert Canyon Golf Club offers a championship course with a variety of elevation changes with views canyon and mountain views. It is a desert-style course with some elevated tees and open fairways that play tight with a few doglegs. Water bunkers come into play on a few holes as well as numerous well-positioned sand bunkers. From nearly every hole on the golf course, views of the signature fountain in Fountain Hills, which is the world's tallest fountain at 550 feet, can be seen.

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Course Details

Year Built 1971
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect John Allen

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - $29
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Men: collared shirts/mock turtlenecks. Shorts do not have to be Bermuda-length. No: tattered jeans/jean shorts that have holes, tank tops, T-shirts, cut-off shorts.

Reviews

4.4
708 Reviews (708)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 45
Patio Dining 35
19th Hole Scenic Views 27
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 104
Bunkers 43
Undulating Greens 41
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 73
Locals 58
Advanced Golfers 47
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 78
Convenient to the City 47
In the 'Burbs 42

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3.0
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Conditions Fair
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Fun track but in mediocre condition.

Challenging fun little track. Nice views. Not in the best condition for the price. Plenty of course in the valley that are cheaper and in better shape. Paid $45.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Great course

Amazing layout, the rough was a little bare, but otherwise the course is in great shape.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Arizona Advisor
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Top 25 Contributor
Previously Played

Canyon Play

I have reviewed this course previously. The entire course winds through a picturesque canyon, creating some very calculated play. Either the tee box will be elevated or the green will be elevated, and assessing what club adjustment is needed becomes one of the bigger challenges. The result is a lot of fun golf.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Dirt Track

This course was complete garbage. Tee box’s are all dirt, fairways have small patches of grass & the greens were dirt. Wouldn’t play here again even if round was free.

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

What more do you need?

Challenging course in great shape with beautiful views. Good location, friendly staff and played the round in 3.5 hours. Looking forward to playing again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Outstanding views

A gem no one talks about. This course is very nice with spectacular views. Fairways a little beat up but just on the edges. This time of the year in Arizona that is expected. Great course will definitely play it again

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

For this time of year I thought the course was in good shape with exception of the tees that need some TLC.

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

Great track

I’ve played this track twice, both in the summer and a year apart. Excellent condition for August, greens are nice and fairways are good too. Just a really fun track and different than most in Phoenix. Lots of elevation change and elevated greens/tee boxes. Great views of surrounding mountains as you dip in and out of canyons. I need to make a point to play here more often.

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

Shaggy greens and all this is a gem.

Best course for the money. The course is recovering from getting punched. But the staff is awesome. And it is a fun course to play. Found where I will be spending the rest of the summer.

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
First Time Playing

Nice but....

This course is nice. However, three s were dreadful. They’ll be good and probably were not long ago. However, there was a LOT of sand on them. Even several large clumps of sand. We just adopted the two putt policy....everyone two-putted everything. Otherwise, it was a great course, good fairways and tee boxes. Driving range was mats only, also. Hate that. Still, for the price, it was a fair value.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Very Scenic Course

I drove from Florence Arizona to this course and after playing this course it was worth the hour and sixteen minutes drive. We took pictures because the backdrop of the mountains and the course being in the valley of the mountains was spectacular. Staff was friendly, golf course was in supreme conditions. Will definitely play it again before the price to play goes up extremely.

Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good value and wonderful views

We played on a Saturday morning and were a bit surprised that there was no starter to ensure groups were teeing off at their scheduled tee time. We were a foursome stuck behind a slow playing foursome and the ranger stopped by several times letting us know he was doing everything he could to pick up the pace of play as the group ahead of us was 2 holes behind pace of play. We appreciated his efforts and enjoyed the round. Very disappointed that the cart woman stopped her services at 10am, especially when playing in 100 degree weather, we were thirsty! Good course and well worth the value.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Arizona Advisor
Verified Purchaser
Top 25 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Course Layout

I love the layout of this course. The entire course winds its way through canyon terrain, requiring shots from elevated tees or up to elevated greens. Club selection is always at a premium as you try to adjust to the different approaches required on each hole. Some approach shots require you to 'club up' as much as two clubs to reach your target. On this round, the course was not in its best shape. There were two holes (6 & 7) that were seemingly under repair and a number of places otherwise that were in stress. The greens had also been recently sanded and aerated, so putting was a bit of an additional challenge. I still recommend this course, but maybe give it a couple weeks to let some of the repairs resolve.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Milan

Alfhough not a long course...still challenging and you need to play it well and place your shots in the right places. Fun day of golf

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

My new favorite golf course in Mesa AZ area!

Went out early by myself. Staff were great in giving me tips to play the course since it was my first time at Desert Canyon. I had played with locals at other area courses over the last week. They said you have to play Desert Canyon. Glad I did! Course condition was great for this time of year. Much better than other “must play” courses in the area. Greens were great. They held shots and putted true. Not too fast or to slow. Hard to rate pace of play as I went out by myself at 6:10am. I was back in my car on the road by 8:30am and did not rush at all. To really top it off, I lost a towel and someone from the course maintenance staff ran me down and returned the towel. That wouldn’t happen anywhere else. I played from the blues at 6,200 yards. It was a great time and I enjoyed the course. I will return my next trip back. You have to get out and play this gem.

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

Improved course

Desert Canyon has improved over the years. Particularly the better speed of the greens. Several challenging holes even for a good golfer. Play the back tees.

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

Hidden Gem

Desert Canyon doesn’t disappoint. Very nice course in the middle of Fountain Hills. Lots of hills and elevation changes, greens are super fast, but the cart paths were brutal. This course is well-kept and is a great value. Pretty challenging for your first time but will get easier next time. Breathtaking views and houses around every corner.

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