Desert Sands Golf Course

3.2988588235 3.3 stars from 5 (226)
  • 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 3.3 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 2.8 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.9 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.2 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 226 Reviews
5 stars:
21
4 stars:
85
3 stars:
77
2 stars:
26
1 stars:
17

recommend this course

170 out of 226 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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"Fun Time"


RATAST's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2018
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Reviewed on

Played with a very beginning golfer. What a great course to start somebody on. Flat and greens are challenging. Course is long enough and has enough short holes to make an experienced golfer enjoy their round


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 05/31/2018:

Thanks for playing Desert Sands Golf Course! We're glad to hear you enjoyed our unique layout that caters to golfers of all skill levels. Come back again soon!

"Golf Desert sands"


David6209522's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2018
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Reviewed on

Great fun, not a push over course, pin placement makes it a challenge


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


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 05/09/2018:

Thanks, David! We're glad you enjoyed playing our course. With our unique layout, we try to make it a bit more challenging where we can. Come back again soon!


lasbus1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 05/09/2018:

Thanks for the 4 stars!

"Great game"


David6209522's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
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Reviewed on

Played in about 2 1/2 hours, Challenging greens,

Friendly cart girl, and golf pro shop cashier, greens good shape, but lots of slope, fairways pretty good, par 3,4,and 5 ....


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 04/26/2018:

Sounds like a great day out here at Desert Sands Golf Course! Thanks for the 5-star review, David. Come back again soon!

"Great for all-wide fairways"


ciervolino's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2018
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Reviewed on

I played 2 days in a row. 1st day I played with a senior. We played the white tees. Next day I played by myself Black tees-600 yards further.

Very wide fairways, very forgiving. Greens are in good shape.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 04/19/2018:

Thank you for playing Desert Sands Golf Course! We're glad to hear you enjoyed our course enough to play it two days in a row. Come back again soon!


johnny1960's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 04/17/2018:

Thank you, Johnny! Be sure to Like us on Facebook for the latest course news and specials.



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/09/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 04/12/2018:

Why only 3 stars? What can we do better next time?

"Good morning"


ray2474968's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2018
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Reviewed on

The course was in great shape there was a tournament started right after I teed off the starter did a great job of not letting them a bunch up good course I will play it again


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 04/12/2018:

Thank you for playing Desert Sands Golf Course, Ray. We appreciate your kind words about the course conditions and pace of play. Our starter does a great job. We hope you come back again soon!

"good value for the money"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/02/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in pretty good shape, some bare spots, but ok. Greens were very challenging as they all have slopes rounding up to the middle of the greens. expect a lot of break on your putts.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 04/12/2018:

Thank you for your thoughts and kind words. Yes, definitely expect a lot of break on your putts. Our greens, although difficult, make our course a fun challenge. Come back to Desert Sands Golf Course again soon!

"great course"


bkrecek's avatar
Age:  35-44
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

for a course that a little shorter this one is awesome

will be back again


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 04/03/2018:

Thank you very much! Your kind words and 5 stars are much appreciated. Be sure to tee it up out here at Desert Sands Golf Course again soon.

"Nice little course"


psheehan's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens were well kept. Fairways reasonable for the time of year . More par 3’s than hoped but a great course to work your irons and perfect accuracy .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 04/03/2018:

Thank you for your review and 4 stars. We hope you come back to work on your irons and accuracy again soon.



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 04/03/2018:

What can we do better next time?

"Review"


WilliamD4820013's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Challenging if you’re over the green. I always try to play short and pitch up.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 04/03/2018:

Thanks for sharing some good advice, William. Be sure to book another tee time with us soon.

"SLOW SLOW SLOW"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2018
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Reviewed on

This is an ok Executive course that runs through mobile home park. No sand one pond but a decent place to practice short irons. Sunday had 2:40 tee time but did not tee off until 3:05. Starter who was clearly having a bad day, very crabby, told us we were up after group on the tee, then sent different group out ahead of us. First hole 300 yard par 4 took them 20 minutes to play. Said something to starter he said he has no control how people play!! Front 9 took 2 hours I have played 18 here walking in 2 hours!! Group in front of us had three beginners and one person who was giving them “lessons “ on the course by 12 they were two holes behind and when we gave up on getting to play through and skipped 16 it was getting dark and course was empty. We walked off18 at 640 after skipping holes!! Saw Marshall on 3rd hole never again!!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 03/22/2018:

Thank you for your feedback. We sincerely apologize for the slower than normal pace of play. Next time, if you don't see the marshall out there feel free to give us a call in the pro shop and we'll try to assist. Again, we're sorry if your round was not the best but we hope you'll give us another try in the near future.

"Fun on a Sunday"


RoughAshlar's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2018
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Reviewed on

Great little course for 2 couples to have a fun afternoon of casual golf

Greens are a challenge. Course & greens were in nice shape.

Will play there again


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 03/22/2018:

Awesome! We're glad your group had fun playing Desert Sands Golf Course. Be sure to Like us on Facebook for the latest course news and specials. See you again soon!

"Short and Nice!"


u555257241's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/15/2018
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Reviewed on

Course was cute, but fairways could have been in better condition, greens were fine. Snack bar leaves much to be desired. There wasn't enough tuna on the tuna melt to even make it smell like fish! Staff was very friendly!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I don't recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 03/22/2018:

Thank you for your kind words and feedback. We definitely have a unique layout that can offer challenges but also is also fun. We hope you'll give us another chance in the future.

"Good value"


Susan6093525's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

This course is big enough for those of us that are not long hitters and trickiy enough for those who are. It is very popular in the winter hence the compaints of slow play. The reason it is crowded is it is a good value with many specials, it is in as good a condition as most courses in the winter in arizona. Putting is challenging but i find that complaint every course I play. Putting is just a crapshoot on winter rye. There has been a staff change this year and the staff are nice and helpfull———all of them. If I really have to dig up a negatve it would be frost delays when other courses are not on the same day. They seem a little cautious about that. That makes some days a little slow, but at least they send you an email advisory


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


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 04/03/2018:

Thank you for writing this review and for being such a fan of Desert Sands Golf Course. We apologize if the frost delays can be an inconvenience at times but we want to make sure our course conditions are not negatively affected by letting golfers out too soon. Thank you for your understanding and we're glad to hear you are getting the email notifications. Come back again soon, Susan!


u8177880's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/09/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 03/22/2018:

Thank you for playing Desert Sands Golf Course. What can we do better next time?

"Fivesome"


u1219068's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2018
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Reviewed on

Very nice little course but very slow play as people came out of houses and join foursomes in front of us to make a fivesome. The course Marshall and the pro shop did not care and stated it happens all the time.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 03/21/2018:

Thank you for playing Desert Sands Golf Course. We sincerely apologize if the pace of play was slower than normal during your round. Please give us the chance to exceed your expectations in the near future.


Paulino3rd's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/06/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I recommend this course


Response from Desert Sands Golf Course on 03/09/2018:

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


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