Desert Canyon Golf Club

4.3327235294 4.3 stars from 5 (589)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 71
  • Length: 6506 yards
  • Slope: 125
  • Rating: 69.9
  • Layout

  • 10440 N Indian Wells Dr, Fountain Hills, Arizona 85268
  • (480) 837-1173
  • (480) 837-1346
  • desertcanyongolf.com
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Year built: 1971
Architect(s): John Allen
Type: Public
Style: Traditional
Greens: Bermuda Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: No
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt, no cutoffs, denim ok.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 6506 yards 69.9 125
Blue 71 6171 yards 68.4 118
White 71 5813 yards 66.6 114
White (W) 71 5813 yards 70.8 116
Red (W) 71 5230 yards 68.0 114

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.2 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 589 Reviews
5 stars:
228
4 stars:
262
3 stars:
67
2 stars:
20
1 stars:
12

recommend this course

534 out of 585 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive convenient to the city in the 'burbs   Great for wildlife/ scenic views locals advanced golfers   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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"Terrible Experience"



1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/11/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

When we booked the reservation they did not let us know that it was in terrible condition and they were overseeing. The course was in unplayable. My mother was visiting from Chicago for her birthday. This ruined her birthday round.

There was also hardly any staff on. They had no cart girls running.

When I mentioned our disappointment to the staff/pro shop. Nothing was offered in compensation or rain check round.

I will not be playing this course ever again.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Greens good but heavy sand covers dirt on most green front edges"


u000003089889's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2018
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Reviewed on

Fairways & greens above average for July, but lots of sand in areas in front of most greens - don't hit it short.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Perfect"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in excellent condition and it was a hot windy day, so was not to bad.


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


"Awesome Course"


Scott1978621's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

For the money this course was a great place to play. Staff was helpful, course was challenging and the views were great.


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/27/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great Course"


Allen2343344's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/16/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We loved this course. First time playing here but definitely plan to come back. Great views and lots of elevation changes. The course was in excellent condition


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Fun course"


ngonzales's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Overall, this was a fun course to play. Lots of opportunities to rip it, but balanced with some required precision. We would definitely play this course again. We finished in 3.5 hours. It also helped that buddy in our foursome got a hole-in-one on #2. :-)


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Fabulous Course"


jTano's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I play this course at least once each year. I enjoy the challenges of rolling, sloping hills and dog legs. It also has spectacular views of the surrounding area. The experience for the money is well worth it.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fabulous course"


byrongf's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/02/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great views, challenging greens, varied elevations, very well maintained


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Excellence"


Vg21046's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course and greens were impeccable!! Play was a little slow on some holes but nothing to impair the play. Overall a very nice course I'll play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



Richie4326581's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Boston Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



HotPinkGolfBall's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather 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: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Would definitely play again."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was well worth the drive. For lower handicap women there is lots of fun to be had with a combination of short, easy holes and tricky, uphill greens. Beware the greens sloping away from the front to back. The course condition was good for the time of year and considerably better than other public courses we had played. Wish the gold tees had been rated for women.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



u000003093639's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Nice challenging course,good greens,fun to play,always go another club for uphill greens


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Not our style"


sdigel's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/19/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in good shape and the pace of play was fine. The layout just isn’t our style. Narrow curving fairways with many elevation changes and a lot of uphill greens sloping back to front. The fact that it was really windy didn’t help either. We seem to generally prefer more classic layouts. If target golf with a lot of elevation changes is your thing than you’ll probably have fun.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Excellent Greens"


lhameist's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/15/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Majestic course nestled in Fountain Hills. Challenging course, greens are near perfection. Highly recommend.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great desert course"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This was a well maintained ciourse that was fun to play!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Needed a Marshall"


u525760772's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/10/2018
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Reviewed on

The pro shop was kind to let us tee off earlier than our booked tee time, However we waited on every hole and it was evident that the group in front of us was two holes behind.They allowed us to play thru as we were a twosome however on the 16th hole there were three groups waiting to tee off,on 17 the same and on 18 there were four groups, seriously what the heck , there was no Marshall and watching the first group out of four tee off I realized that they were likely the culprits.There is nothing worse than slow play especially for,the money you spend.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good layout and course"


mcdrball1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in excellent shape (greens and fairways). Pace was a little slow but only because of an event in front of us. Even with that we finished in around 4 hours. Played here several times and always had a good experience.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Great course in the desert"


u000002890067's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is probably our favorite course in the valley. It is beautifully landscaped and provides great variety in the types of holes. As a senior I still felt that I had a reasonable chance of making par even though I played the black tees which are the middle of the five tee boxes. They have frequent drinking water containers on the course as well as cups of ice and water at the pro shop and a frequent cart person if that is not sufficient. Also a snack bar at the turn. All in all a fun course to play!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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