Desert Canyon Golf Club

4.3114294118 4.3 stars from 5 (577)
  • 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: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.3 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 577 Reviews
5 stars:
220
4 stars:
259
3 stars:
67
2 stars:
20
1 stars:
11

recommend this course

523 out of 573 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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"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
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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
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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
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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


"Fun & convenient"


jimgio's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/06/2018
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Reviewed on

Course is in very good shape. Some fairways are cut a little short. Quite a few ball marks on the greens. Scenery is amazing. Plays longer than the yardage.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Thomas6548005's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Really fun"


Dave4116497's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

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

Reviewed on

Carts have gps which came in very handy as it not only provided distance but tips as to where to place tee shots and others. Lots of variety and elevation changes. Par fours were shorter than some which allowed for good scoring. Very helpful starter and employees in general. Would play again at my first opportunity.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000003825416's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/27/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2018
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Reviewed on

Course was really good shape my only issue was cart would not work on the ninth hall par five and I am old so that was not pleasant they said because of satellite but still should not happen delayed play about 5 minutes


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"One of my Favs"


Rob1575011's avatar
Top 25 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/22/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always a fun time.

Course in fine shape.

Good (Canadian) company .

Keep up the good work.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



mlowe49569's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"You will have to think"


u843426605's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/14/2018
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Reviewed on

The course offers so much value for the money that it's worth the drive wherever that you are in the valley. You will have to be coutious off the green and not take too much club on #3, #4, #7. Those are all irons off the tee par 4s, # 4 tho is a par 5, very reachable but can't hit more than 230 unless you have a perfect draw that you can trust. Par 5s are reachable in 2 (except for #14 where you absolutely have to lay up). Number 10'and 11 will put you in great shape if you hit a 220 shot off the tee, can't do more. It's such a challenging and beautiful course with magestic views. Staff are great, rangers friendly and the new head pro Kurt seems like a great guy. Signature hole par 3 16 plays close to its distance so don't be deceived by the severe drop. Go out there and play it as I'm getting pretty boring. Great course! Cheers!


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



Jeanne2226549's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2018
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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: Excellent


I recommend this course


"First Timer, not Last Timer"


u422331184's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/12/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Wanted a change from some of the central Scottsdale courses, so found a reasonable deal thru GolfNow ($90, mid march, peak season), and gave it a go. Facilities are great, Staff was very friendly and helpful directing us around the course. They included a small bucket if balls on their "irons only" range, which helped work out the stiffness. We were out early (7:15), and played as a twosome. Caught up to a foursome on 3, and they promptly waved us through. Not expected, but a huge thank you! Course was on the short side. We played the 2nd longest tees (Blue) at about 6200 since it was our first time, and I am a high handicapper. Knocked out the front 9 in 1:15, and finished 18 in about 2:45. Sounds like this is not the norm, as it got very busy later in the am. Ranger says they pushed through over 250 the day before. As other reviewers said, the greens are very fast, so stay below the hole. Lots of 2 and 3 putts on the back 9, since we were usually aiming for, and lucky enough to hit, the center of the green. Scores reflected the challenging greens, but we still had a great time. Fairways are tight, but forgiving enough to not frustrate even a duffer like me. Very scenic course with mountain views on almost every hole. 16 is a treat! We will definitely put this course on our list to play next time we are in the area.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good start to the trip"


polishpal's avatar
Wisconsin Advisor
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

We booked our annual 12 person golf trip through Golf Zoo and this was the first course we played on our Trip on a Sunday afternoon. Weather was great and the course conditions were good. You need to play a couple of times to get a good feel for the course as the elevation changes and hole design challenge you the first time. It is a short course so long hitters have to put driver away from the middle tees and several holes. They can pull it out from the back tees but you have to be precise. It's a shot-makers course and precision is required off the tee. The views are great in spite of the homes around the course and it was a good way to start the trip. Nothing spectacular, not terrible by any means. Nice clubhouse and the limited driving range was the only real negative.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Very Nice Place"


Jeffersmith's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/11/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a course with relief. It meanders through hilly terrain with homes near but not really noticeable. The fountain is occasionally visible. The range was irons only but an ample number of range balls are included. The bag drop works well and starter was very nice. The course was in very good shape. It’s not long but shot placement is required. We played in about 4.5 hours in a Sunday afternoon which was fine with us. The views from the course are spectacular, much better than the valley courses.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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