Desert Sands Golf Course

3.1617941176 3.2 stars from 5 (203)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 67
  • Length: 4029 yards
  • Slope: 89
  • Rating: 58.9
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

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

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt, no cutoffs, denim ok.
Credit cards accepted: None

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Middle 67 4029 yards 58.9 89
Forward (W) 67 3739 yards 59.8 89

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.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.2 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.7 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.1 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 203 Reviews
5 stars:
16
4 stars:
75
3 stars:
71
2 stars:
24
1 stars:
17

recommend this course

149 out of 203 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city in the 'burbs worth the drive   Great for seniors locals beginners   Challenges include undulating greens water hazards   Great for drinks  

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Reviews


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"Greens are nearly impossible"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/23/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

To make this a playable course they decided to make the greens ridiculous. You can’t stay on them. Steep. Raised. Etc. The area is surrounded by double wides. Some abandoned. Not conducive to either a good course or good play. Snack bar closed on a Friday.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Great Course!"


u122970724's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/11/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Desert Sands is a wonderfully classic course nestled in old snowbird community and the charm spills onto the course. I love the difficulty of the greens and pin placement. Definitely coming back.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 02/15/2018:

Awesome! That's what we like to hear. Thank you for playing Desert Sands Golf Course. We're glad to hear how much you enjoyed the unique style of our golf course. Be sure to Like us on Facebook for the latest course news and specials.

"Tuff greens"


Stingray57's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/07/2018
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Reviewed on

Slow start hour delay because of back up. Once started pace of play was fine. Greens are tuff they are crowned, hard to keep ball on green. Good day.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 02/13/2018:

Thank you for playing Desert Sands Golf Course! We apologize if your round was delayed at the start but we're glad to hear that the pace moved along smoothly once you got going. We're glad you had a good day and we hope to see you again soon!

"Bad Experience with the Marshal"


Tsenre45's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/04/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Played on Super Bowl Sunday early afternoon. Waited to tee off briefly at almost every tee box on the front nine, then things opened up a little on the back nine. The marshal approached us at the tee box on the par 5 13th hole and asked if we could speed up a little. He said the group behind us had requested that. At that point we were about 2 hours into our round. We complied with the request by playing best ball on13, then we were back to a slight wait for the group ahead occasionally. We would normally have the group behind play through, but it wouldn't have done them any good.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 02/09/2018:

Thank you for playing Desert Sands Golf Course! We apologize if there was some miscommunication in regards to asking your group to speed up even if there was nowhere to go. We hope you'll consider giving us another chance in the future. Be sure to Like us on Facebook for the latest course news and specials! @DesertSandsGC


u000002672013's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 02/05/2018:

Thanks for the 4 stars. Come back again soon!


lcmonroe's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/01/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 02/03/2018:

Thank you for your feedback. We hope you'll give us another try in the near future.

"Fair value for your money"


easyone's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/30/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My wife and I enjoyed our round and were extremely happy with the 2 Gentlemen who were booked at our same tee time. Very short wait times between holes. The greens are a bit tricky and require some putting skills. The course yardage is short which is suited to my Wives game due to health conditions. Fairways in fair condition. Great course to work on your short game. Overall a great golf experience.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 02/03/2018:

Awesome! We're thrilled to hear how much you enjoyed your overall experience at Desert Sands Golf Course. It's always great when you get paired up with friendly people. We hope you guys come back to play again soon!

"Don't Bother"


CMZ's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/29/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We tee'd off at least 20 minutes past our tee time. It was extremely slow; some tee boxes had 3 groups waiting to tee off. We paid for 18, but stopped after 9. From our original tee time to the end of 9 holes was 2-1/2 hours for a Par 65 short course. And the course is not in good condition. It's a course for the local older adults who live on the course and can wait and socialize while on the course. We purchased a hot deal, but I've paid the same for much better golf courses in the area.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I don't recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 02/03/2018:

We appreciate you giving us a try and we hope you'll join us again out here at Desert Sands Golf Course soon. 2.5 hours for 9 holes is definitely not the norm and we apologize if that's what you experienced. Thank you for sharing your feedback.

"definitely a desert course"


u124486690's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

first of all we were delayed 1 hour on our tee time because of Frost I should have called first but who's to know but we got a half a bucket of balls and hit at the driving range they have a decent driving range then we went and put it on the practice green the greens were fast and don't the holes were put in decent placement on the Green but some holes we're a little unfair the greens did not hold the ball so you had to play in front to have any chance of a low score we were paired with another couple who are very nice but seem to slow our pace quite a bit it was a pretty good value and that's what we were looking for for an inexpensive round the fairways were very hard and very difficult to get underneath the ball and hit a normal shot but if you like to practice your pitch and run it was ideal I'd recommend to give it a shot and then move on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 01/30/2018:

Thank you for playing Desert Sands Golf Course! We appreciate your kind words and feedback. We apologize if the frost delay started your day off on the wrong foot, but it sounds like you still had an enjoyable round. We hope you come back again soon!


u000002672013's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 01/30/2018:

We're saddened to only see 3 stars. What can we do better next time?

"A little tired"


iwarrack's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/23/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A little disappointed with the general condition of the course especially the tee boxes. Looks like they didn’t hardly overseed. Greens were mostly domed which made them the most challenging part of the course. On a positive the staff was extremely friendly as they were challenged with a one hour frost delay.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 02/03/2018:

Thank you for playing Desert Sands Golf Course! We did overseed this season but it did not grow in as nicely as it has in the past and we apologize for that. We're glad to hear that you enjoyed our friendly staff though and we hope to see you out here again soon!


peatman2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/16/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 01/18/2018:

Thanks for the 4 stars!

"Decent Executive course but don’t play in afternoon"


ozzyid's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/15/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played here many times, the greens are tricky and good test for short game . Usually play in the morning and have never taken more than 2 1/2 hours walking. Played in the afternoon yesterday and took 4 hours. This is way two slow for this course. Other than pace the day was fine.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 01/18/2018:

Thank you for continuously playing out here at Desert Sands Golf Course. We apologize if your most recent round experienced slower than normal pace of play. As you know that is not the norm. We hope to see you again soon!

"Price is Right"


392700dpc's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/12/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was a cheap round, but not a very nice course. It was good value


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 01/18/2018:

We're sorry to see that you had anything short of a 5-star experience. We hope you'll reconsider teeing it up out here again at Desert Sands Golf Course in the future.

"Crowned Greens"


scotiaboy's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good value course for the money. The staff wasn't very helpful...or friendly for that matter. A nice layout for an executive course with plenty of length. The greens however were simply unfair. The only green with a decent slope was #16. The rest were shaped like an upside down bowl or were placed on the side of a hill. Impossible to stick on. I was playing with two beginners and my advice to them was to not take anything from their putting performance at this course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 01/18/2018:

Thank you for playing Desert Sands Golf Course! We apologize if the customer service you experienced was not top notch. That is definitely not the norm. As for the greens, we understand they can be difficult but hopefully you'll give them another try in the future.


funstonf's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/05/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 01/18/2018:

Thanks for playing your first round of 2018 with us! We appreciate your feedback and we hope to see you out here for many more rounds this year.

"Good startup course for us snowbirds"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/04/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Short course, good to get your swing going. Fairways tight and very dry on sides (beware homes). Greens nice and little challeging. Met some nice people to golf with. thank u


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 01/07/2018:

Hi John, thank you for taking the time to share about your recent experience with us, Desert Sands Golf Course, and for the 4 stars. We value your feedback regarding the course layout and conditions, and we're glad to hear we can be beneficial for improving your golf game. Thank you for choosing to golf with us in the Mesa area, and we look forward to having you back soon!

"Inexpensive golf"


u000001022692's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/01/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Good value for the money, pace of play was slow, very friendly staff


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 01/07/2018:

Hello, thank you for taking the time to review us, Desert Sands Golf Course in the Mesa area, and for the 3 stars. We're glad to hear you received a good value for your round and that you had a positive experience with our staff. We appreciate your feedback regarding the pace of play and course conditions so we may work on any improvements for your future experience with us. Thank you for choosing our course, and we look forward to having you back soon!


u061075810's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 01/07/2018:

Hello, thank you for taking the time to share about your recent experience with us, Desert Sands Golf Course, and for the 5 stars.We're so glad to hear you had a friendly experience with our staff and enjoyed the course. We value your feedback and hope you had a great round. We can't wait to welcome you back soon!


u000005127849's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/20/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 12/27/2017:

Hello, thank you for reviewing us, Desert Sands Golf Course in Mesa, and for the 3 stars. We're glad to see you had a nice, smooth round with us, and received a good value for your tee time. We appreciate your feedback regarding the course layout as well, and any additional feedback on how we can improve your experience with us in the future. Thank you for choosing our course, and we look forward to seeing you again soon!


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