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3.5
284 Reviews (284)
5 Stars
32
4 Stars
109
3 Stars
92
2 Stars
31
1 Stars
20
Conditions
3.3
Value
4.0
Layout
3.4
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.2
77.2%
Recommend this course
215 out of 284 reviews
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3.5
11 Reviews (11)
5 Stars
2
4 Stars
4
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
2.8
Value
4.2
Layout
3.4
Pace
4.5
Amenities
3.3
StaffFriendliness
4.4
81.8%
Recommend this course
9 out of 11 reviews
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3.5
54 Reviews (54)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
22
3 Stars
15
2 Stars
5
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.3
Value
3.9
Layout
3.4
Pace
3.8
Amenities
3.2
StaffFriendliness
4.2
75.9%
Recommend this course
41 out of 54 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Desert/Traditional/Executive
Par 67
Length 4029 yards
Slope 89
Rating 58.9

Located in Mesa, Desert Sand Golf Course is an executive length course with a short layout that is most suitable for beginners, but it is also a good place for golfers of all skill levels to work on their short game skills. Due to its flat terrain, the course is easy to walk with few elevation changes. The greens are remarkably fast and water hazards come into play on five holes. There are also sand bunkers scattered throughout the course. The Desert Sand Golf Course facility offers a chipping area and putting green and it is also home to a golf school.

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Course Details

Year Built 1968
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Blue Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Snyder

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted None
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared shirt, no cutoffs, denim ok.

Reviews

3.5
284 Reviews (284)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 8
Brunch 6
Course Challenges Include:
Undulating Greens 31
Water Hazards 11
This course/club is great for:
Seniors 34
Locals 29
Beginners 28
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 27
In the 'Burbs 12
Worth the Drive 6

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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Absolutely TERRIABLE SERVICE

I tried to book a tee off time online for 2 hours and it wouldn't reserve the tee off time. I called every day durring the week of October 4-11 and no where did it say they were closed. Not on voice mail or website. So I finally got to the pro shop to book a tee off time and with him knowing that I couldn't book online he wouldn't honor the rates. Very poor customer service and wasted hours of my vacation trying to get a tee time!!!!! STAY AWAY FROM THIS GOLF COURSE - they appriately dont care about you!!!

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 10/12/2019

To u022390288,
We do apologize for the frustration, but we want to thank you for pointing out we missed updating the answering the voice mail. As far as online and website, we did not have any tee times loaded during the time we were closed. As far as issues with booking a time, we always suggest contacting golf now with any issues. If you are back in town next year we do invite you to come out. Make sure to check https://www.azgolf.org for the overseed schedule of all courses in the phoenix area.
Thank you again,
Desert Sands GC, Management

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice little executive course for short game.

Easy course layout for beginners to intermediate golfers considering dry condition because of summer month in AZ.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 09/19/2019

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. Thank you for the 4 stars! We aim for a 5-star experience, so we always welcome feedback for improvement. Thank you for playing Desert Sands Golf Course.

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Handicap Don't know
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a year
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

This Review is Probably Unfair

I enjoyed playing this course, in spite of the (deserved) 1 star on Course Conditions.

The Conditions were dismal because they are just about to start their overseeding for winter and it was dry and packed. It truly earned it's moniker: Desert Sands.

However, I'm quite sure that if I were to return after the overseed is complete, once the winter grass is in, the course would probably earn 4 or 5 stars for Conditions.

Thus the unfairness -- I'm giving an accurate report about conditions as I found them, but I'm pretty sure they are not permanently that way.

Nevertheless, the staff was quite friendly, and the course looks like it will be quite pleasant in the winter.

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 09/19/2019

Let us first say that we are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We work hard to create a seamless experience with so you can focus on enjoying yourself and let us do the rest. We also want to thank you for your honest and constructive criticism of the course. Your comments are presented in a way we can incorporate them into actual change. We are going to escalate your review to our team in charge and do everything we can to improve before your next game. Thank you for visiting and playing at Desert Sands Golf Course. We hope to see you again soon!

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Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

good deal for the money

Only paid $10. Fairways were OK, Greens were a little rough. Some were better than others. Nobody else was out there so I finished in 2 hours.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
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Commented on 07/11/2019

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes on the greens. Thanks for visiting Desert Sands Golf Course. We hope to see you again in the future.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 07/03/2019

Thank you for the review! We appreciate feedback from our golfers, and we are so happy to see that you enjoyed yourself.

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I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Commented on 04/15/2019

We appreciate you leaving a review and rating us. We will inform the entire team, so they know their hard work is paying off. We look forward to having you back!

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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

16 greens were mounds.
Just like putting on s turtle shell.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
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Commented on 04/15/2019

Your feedback is important to us as we are always looking to improve and grow for our golfers. We hope to have you back in the future.

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Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

The course has unplayable greens

While it is a very nice little course , the greens are unfairly hard. For the weekend golfer, the greens hamper a person's mindset. Tee times are too crammed. Waiting for seniors to play (which are 90% of the players)but the tee times are just 4-7 minutes apart. The cramming results in a cart delay, no carts left. Although the pro shop stated it was a frost delay in February and the temp. was 40-50 F. The beverage cart calls last call at 2:30 on an 80 degree day....a positive are the cart return staff, top notch.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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Commented on 04/15/2019

Thank you for taking time our of your day to leave us a review. We appreciate your feedback and we hope you come back and see us soon. We aim to give you a 5-star experience!

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Not worth the money

This course cost as much as other courses around town that are MUCH nicer. I was disappointed at the quality of course for the money paid. The pace of play was also unbearably slow.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 04/15/2019

We apologize for your negative experience. We will make sure this gets noted and we hope you come back and see us when conditions improve!

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2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

terrible weather

Because we had a hot deal and couldn't cancel we started to play. We played 6 holes, course wet and mucky, completly soaked, clothes and equipment. Open window cart with no protection for clubs. No rain check unless it thunder but we did get hail today, Course seems to be a par 3 course with par 3 and 4. We have played at better courses for same price regular booking, no hot deal. We played Bear Creek in Chandler last week, much better course same price as today. No more hot deals for us!

Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 05/06/2019

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are going to pass on your feedback to the teams in charge so they can work to make changes. Thanks for visiting Desert Sands Golf Course. We hope to see you again in the future.

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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

Desert Sands - Great for iron game

The course is great for working your irons and short game. The greens can be tough as a number are domed and slanted where you need a delicate touch to putt and not roll down hill. It has many par 3 holes and around 6 par 4's and 1 par 5. I think you will enjoy the course. The staff is friendly and it is very reasonably priced, especially for spring training baseball when many courses gouge you.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
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Commented on 05/06/2019

Thank you for the feedback, we always aim for a 5 star experience, so your input is important to us. We will make sure this gets passed along to the right team and we hope to have you back in the future.

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Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Another fun round at Desert Sands

Play this course fairly frequently during the winter season, and this is the second best I have seen the overall curse condition this good.
The biggest challenge playing this course, is the domed green in nearly every hole.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Commented on 03/06/2019

We appreciate your 4 star review! We hope to see you again.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Tournaments

Golf now or someone needs to post that there are tournaments on these days you book ,so that some people will know. Some people who are walking might feel rushed and especially for people still getting use to the rate of play.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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Commented on 03/06/2019

We appreciate all feedback as we are always looking to improve. Thanks for taking the time to leave us 4-stars! We hope to see you again.

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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Not worth the green fees being charged. We were not told of a tournament to be played with we checked in. We were subsequently pushed between the tournament players.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Poor
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 03/06/2019

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are sorry your experience was anything less than 5 stars. We will pass this information along. We hope you will consider coming back to give us another shot.

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Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Small Ball cap greens

Course is so-so, greens are like putting on a ball cap, not just one all of them. Not liking it.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
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Commented on 03/06/2019

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us. We are sorry your experience was anything less than 5 stars. We will pass this information along. We hope you will consider coming back to give us another shot.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice greens

This is the best the course has been in 4 years. New management is doing great getting golfers out there. I hesitated playing there with all the snowbirds.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 03/06/2019

Thank you for your 5-star rating! Book another round with us soon.

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Will be back!

Enjoyed the cource, the friendly staff and also the fellow golfers.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Commented on 03/06/2019

We appreciate your 5 star review! We hope to see you again soon.

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