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4.4
744 Reviews (744)
5 Stars
317
4 Stars
315
3 Stars
78
2 Stars
22
1 Stars
12
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.3
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
93.6%
Recommend this course
678 out of 744 reviews
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4.5
47 Reviews (47)
5 Stars
31
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
91.5%
Recommend this course
43 out of 47 reviews
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4.5
95 Reviews (95)
5 Stars
59
4 Stars
29
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.6
94.7%
Recommend this course
90 out of 95 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
744 Reviews (744)

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 105
Bunkers 43
Undulating Greens 42
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 74
Locals 58
Advanced Golfers 47
This Course's Location is:
Worth the Drive 78
Convenient to the City 47
In the 'Burbs 43

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4.0
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Previously Played

Prime time in the Valley

Got a terrific Hot Deal on Golf Now to take the bite out of the winter rates. I live two minutes from the course and I've never seen it in better condition. Lush fairways and soft greens. The sand traps, generally a problem in the Valley (concrete sand, no sand) were spectacular. Well maintained, pristine; for once I didn't mind being bunkered. So plaudits to the greenskeeper and his crew. The layout is rolling, with beautiful views, especially #16 and #18.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
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Plays Once a week
3.0
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Mediocre

Greens and fairways were decent shape but this is a very short and relatively boring course. If you hit your driver 240 there are many holes where it will stay in the bag. If you are a short hitter or elderly where your distance is limited this could be a good course for you.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Desert Canyon

Great day, course was is in really nice shape. The greens were a little firm and had a little sand but overall rolled well.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Fountain Hills Gem

Absolutely gorgeous day. A minor frost delay but reasonable pace of play once we got going. Great course conditions. Beautiful views and lots of coyote sightings.

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

Wonderful staff

We were delayed after being under a frost delay at a previous course and the staff was exceptional in making every accommodation possible in allowing us to play as many holes as possible. All of this was done in making us feel special when a lot of staff at other courses would have made us feel like we were putting them out.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

Spectacular Vistas

Great course with very tricky greens. Not long but still very challenging. The staff were great right from the guest services that get your cart loaded to the starter that gives you an information filled (tips) talk before your tee off. The grounds crew have the course in immaculate shape from tee boxes to greens. The greens were fast and roll true.... a real pleasure to play on. The elevation changes were the best part with vistas that will just take your breath away...... you will need to re-focus on your golf shot or you can get into plenty of trouble. We played on a cooler day and would have liked to seen the speed of play a little faster as we waited on every tee box. We play courses all over the Phoenix area when we come to escape the cold Saskatchewan winters and have found a new favourite in Desert Canyon.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
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
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Putt putt greens

Course was in good shape but the pins were placed so you were 3 putting. For example, all 4 of us were on a green and putted our balls to the pin. All reached the pin but all rolled back over 6 feet. It’s a short course and most likely have these greens to offset for the short length.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Course

Beautiful weather to play a beautiful course with great scenary!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Desert Canyon

Wonderful course. Well maintained. 4 hour 5 minute pace of play. Layout is awesome with lots of elevation changes. Play the tips if you are 10 hcp or better

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

Great course

I highly recommended playing, bring your putting stroke.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
Incentivized Review
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun and fabulous scenic views

Course in great condition! Fun to play and fantastic views. Many elevation changes making for interesting play! Highly recommend!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Used cart

Beautiful

The course was beautiful and in wonderful condition. We enjoyed our round of golf

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Quebec Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Can't go wrong with Desert Canyon

Possibly the best value course in Fountain Hills. A fun layout with great views, friendly staff, GPS-equipped carts, good service... even the golf shop had good choice swag at affordable prices.

We were advised when we started that the course was full, and were paired with 2 gentlemen as a foursome; yet the pace was very reasonable at 4:10 for the full round, so good job of managing players right there!

The teeboxes were recently reorganized into 4 sets plus combo options, providing proper yardage for all players.

A few small negatives:
-The course is close to the main streets of Fountain Hills so you do hear traffic noise on several holes.
-Some fairways are tight and houses come into play a few times.
-The cart path routing is showing its age and would benefit from a do-over; on one hole it is set up in the middle of the fairway.

None of those should prevent anyone from having a good time at a fair price, which Desert Canyon excels at!

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