Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club

3.9818058824 4.0 stars from 5 (585)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7011 yards
  • Slope: 131
  • Rating: 72.7
  • Layout

  • 33750 North Dove Lakes Drive, Cave Creek, AZ 85331
  • (480) 488-0009
  • (480) 488-4251
  • dovevalleyranch.com
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Year built: 1998
Architect(s): Robert Trent Jones, Jr. (1998)
Type: Public
Greens: Mini Verde Grass
Fairways: Bermuda Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: No
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

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

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7011 yards 72.7 131
Gold 72 6630 yards 70.2 124
White 72 6138 yards 67.8 118
White (W) 72 6138 yards 72.5 127
Green (W) 72 5337 yards 70.2 117

Robert Trent Jones II designed the golf course at Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club, creating a championship course to shift gently from open play to intimate foliage along Willow Wash. The golf delivers Southwestern authenticity, with etroglyph-etched boulders marking holes. It differs from the "target" golf courses of Arizona in that it features player-friendly golf, manicuring transition spaces so that golfers face minimal penalty when recovering.

At the Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club, Robert Trent Jones II demands strategic and varied shooting, meaning the round of golf will challenge as well as refresh golfers.

After the round at the Dove Valley Ranch Golf Club, head back to the casual elegance of the clubhouse.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.0 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.0 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 585 Reviews
5 stars:
200
4 stars:
275
3 stars:
55
2 stars:
39
1 stars:
16

recommend this course

508 out of 583 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive in the 'burbs convenient to the city   Great for locals advanced golfers wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include bunkers forced carries undulating greens   Great for drinks patio dining watching the game  

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Chris9106972's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

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

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Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


"Great surprise!"


Anne6534452's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Didn’t know what to expect - Dove Valley was challenging, especially the greens, an interesting layout. We played from the shortest tees, almost 5,400 yards.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Dove Valley"


u551341574's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A couple of holes were kind of odd, otherwise the course was fine. Greens were good. Pace of play was pretty slow. 4:45 for 18 holes.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Not worth the money. Go somewhere else."


u589176373's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather

Reviewed on

We ended up getting a tee-off deal which ended up being a big mistake. Don't be fooled by the course making it look like they are giving you a deal with the original cost being over $160. The course also looks nothing like the pictures so do not be fooled.

The front nine is wide open with the back being tighter and more like target golf. We got lucky and were joined by a member as many of the shots on the back are blind and he was able to give us targets to aim for.

Pros:

-Only reason I gave the course 2 stars instead of 1 was because of the great staff.

- Pace of play was under 4 hours but was likely due to the fact that the day was cooler and the golf course was less busy.

- I liked the GPS on the carts as it gave a green view, overhead view of the hole and target yardages

Con:

-No starter or marshal. Therefore groups start whenever they want

-Range balls are not provided. When you are paying over $100 to play the course, you should not be forced to spend more on balls to warm up

- Greens were ball mark ridden

- Rough was completely dead with almost weeds growing through. Any ball hit out of it was a complete guess as to how it would come out with many being mud balls

This course was a complete disappointment made worse by the fact that it was our last course after a great week long golf vacation.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Pleasant round but a little overpriced"


u445283728's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We enjoyed our round here. Front nine easy and open and back nine narrower. Fariways were good but found the greens a little worn here and there.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course



u4270385's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2018
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



Mathew2583047's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2018
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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


"Greens full of ball marks"


DonnRTaylor's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2018
First time playing Used cart Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens all had lots of ball marks that had not been repaired. Worst greens of the courses I've played in the Phoenix area this winter. Does not appear grounds crews do anything other than mow the greens. No ball mark repair. Bunker sand is heavy, but consistent. Number 2 is probably the best hole on the course. There are several holes on the back 9 that are blind. Lost balls that were hit down the middle of the fairway and chased through into the desert. The GPS on the cart was pretty much useless for course layout Don't pay the rack rate for this course as it not worth it at all. Nothing special about this course at all.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course



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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Facilities - Great

Pro Shop Staff - Great

Course - Dry spots on some greens.

Cart girl - not very friendly


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Good day at Dove Valley"


marbros1's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/08/2018
Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This is a very playable course with good conditions and greens that are true and hold a shot. The pace of play on the front was slow, but the ranger moved up the offending foursome by 2 holes and that really helped on the back side.

The front is pretty straightforward while the back side has some quirky holes which can be a challenge for the first time player there.

Overall a very pleasant experience with much appreciation to the marshall. I would play again and found the day to be quite enjoyable.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Slow play"


wrg327's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/08/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

There are no starters, no marshals, the greens have ball marks that are not fixed. Pace of play was slow. Two holes on the back nine a par 4 and a par 5 the design does not allow a person to hit a driver. There is very little chance of hitting a par 5 in 2. Hole 11 there is a very little chance of reaching the hole in 2.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Staff was awesome"


mikx3x3x3's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I almost didn’t pick this course with out of state friends due to some of the reviews. I am so glad I did. The staff was awesome. The course was fun. Front 9 is pretty open but back nine can be tricky. I will be back to play again!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Perfect Day"


tinagarry's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My wife and I have played this course a few times. Have always enjoyed playing there. Nice staff.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Will Never Play Again"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/01/2018
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Reviewed on

No starter. No ranger to control the pace and drunks playing on the course. Staff at end were unprofessional and no Golf courtesy. Really a bad experience. One employee said he only had one more week to work there. Have played golf for years and have never been treated so rudely. We were embarrassed with the Americans and how they portrayed themselves. We had two very nice Canadians playing with us—see why we were embarrassed.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Fair


I don't recommend this course



u279277098's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/31/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Oh man, don't go out of your way!"


AnnArbor's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/30/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

So, we've been seeing lots of adds for Dove Valley and finally drove 45 minutes to play it. It was supposed to be a great course for women. Anyway, what a nightmare. There was not a true bounce on the course. You'd hit a beautiful shot and land in the fairway and then bounce out to god knows where. I rarely lose a ball, but lost 4. It was impossible to gauge where to hit the ball. And, the fairways are the narrowest I've played in quite a while. Plus, a port-o-potty on the course? Really? Gross. Don't bother with this course.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Dove Valley"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/29/2018
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Reviewed on

Beautiful course in the north of Phoenix near cave Creek


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"The staff is awesome"


u834325537's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/27/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing this course. From the bag drop, to the counter in pro shop, to driving range, to starter, to cart return and cleanup by Scott; everyone was super friendly. Very impressed. Course was challenging and in good condition. Pass of play was pretty good for a Saturday. GPS with big screen and ice cooler on carts. Would definitely recommend and will play again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great staff!"


JXD109's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in good shape but what really made the round was how accommodating the staff was after a morning frost delay at a different course made us late for our tee time here. They got us out with only a minimal delay.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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