Looking back from a green at Desert Canyon Golf Club
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Conditions
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Value
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Layout
4.4
Friendliness
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Pace
4.1
Amenities
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Conditions
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Value
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Layout
4.4
Friendliness
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Pace
4.1
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91.1%
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5 Stars
353
4 Stars
347
3 Stars
89
2 Stars
23
1 Stars
12
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.2
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.2
91.1%
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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.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

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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Skill Intermediate
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Great experience

Course was a blast and in great shape. Service was outstanding!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 120
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Arizona Advisor
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Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Summer conditions, but very playable

Definite sparseness of grass cover in numerous fairways but the greens and tees were pretty decent yet.
Lots of slopes with which to contend .The cart was clean, the cooler was full of fresh ice and the GPS worked flawlessly. Staff was good.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once every three months
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 35
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Hidden Gem

No matter how many times i place this track it gets more enjoyable each time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
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Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

The DESERT is winning!!

Course layout is interesting. However, fairways are pretty poor, mostly dirt and extremely dry. Three to four holes were aerated but we were not advised. Thus the ball did not roll at all in the fairways.

Greens were fair but extremely slow. No refreshment cart offered when the temp was 109 all day.

Don't pay too much to play at this time. Lots of other courses around for less money and better condition.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 45
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Excellent greens, some rough spots

The greens were lush and level, a little slow. We played early in the am and they seemed to get faster on the back nine. There were some thin and bare spots in the fairway, understandable in the prolonged drought. We were always able to find grass nearby and moved the ball when appropriate. Play was fast, never waited on anyone and no one waited on us. Beautiful scenery.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Avoid until Fall

Besides the course being in very poor shape which is somewhat understandable in summer conditions, my group was disappointed that there was no beverage cart and the outside staff lacked customer service skills. Most fairways are really, really thin and I’d wait until the fall re-seeding before I pay the high rates they charge.to play here.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Desert Canyon is a dream

I really enjoyed this track. Views on just about every hole and the in the middle of the summer it is maintained beautifully. I highly recommend this hidden gem in Fountain hills.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played

Jacked up price

Course in tough condition, year for a mid day tee time if you book without knowing will charge you about $50 bucks and more! On golf now and other apps I found this course under $20 and at times $13 for 18 holes and range balls. They won’t tell you how bad the course is until you experience it for yourself. Unfortunately have a buddy who didn’t know how bad the conditions are of the course and booked us a tee time tomorrow and got screwed for $50 a person. Should be extra round tossed in or s

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Good features, but..

This course was beautiful, staff was somewhat friendly, but I was extremely dissatisfied that there were NO water stations in any of the courses? It is summer prime heat in Arizona, and every other course I’ve been to has had water stations at every few holes and this course had zero. My boyfriend and I were very dehydrated towards the end and had already drank through the big thing of water we brought; but due to how hot Arizona is I am shocked there were zero water stations through the course. If we were to play here again we’d just make sure to bring a gallon or more of water jugs, but I personally like the other courses we’ve played because they all had water stations.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
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Commented on 07/03/2020

I'm sorry that you ran out of water while playing at Desert Canyon GC. We have two ice and water stations located at the club house and offer drinking water near our tee boxes about every second to third hole. Number 9 brings you back to the club house before you reach the back 9. The next time you visit we'd be happy to help you locate them.

Martin Ort
General Manager
Desert Canyon Golf Club

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Commented on 07/03/2020

I'm sorry to hear that you ran out of water. We have two water and ice stations at the club house, water jugs filled with drinking water about every second to third hole next to our tee boxes and number 9 brings you back to the club house. Next time you visit we'd be happy to help you locate them so you don't run out of water again.

Martin Ort
General Manager
Desert Canyon Golf Club

Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

WARNING! DO NOT PLAY UNTIL Mid-July!!

I would STRONGLY encourage people not to play here until at least the 2nd or 3rd week of July. Easily the absolute worst mid-June course conditions I've seen on a AZ golf course in my 25+ years of playing here. Every aspect of the course was a wreck from the combined impact of a very severe aeration, green scalping, sanding and the annual winter rye die-off and pre-summer Bermuda grass growth. Probably 60-70% of the fairways had no/minimal grass and the greens were like putting on a beach. I've never seen such a heavy-handed aeration and scalping of greens here.

In my opinion, June is always the worst golf month here because all of the winter grass has died by now, but the summer Bermuda hasn't come back yet so many courses have terrible conditions, but this course sunk to a new low.

I like the layout and the course is usually in good shape for the price, but I felt like they robbed us blind with even charging $45/player. Give it at least another 2-4 weeks.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 28
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Fun & Fast

Got there a little early and golf shop let me right out!
Love that when they let you go in the summer, a very nice twosome of ladies let me through on 1 and I was on my way.
Going through transition with the summer heat rolling in but the greens were excellent and overall course is in good shape.
Thank you

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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