Golf Club at Johnson Ranch, The

3.7556235294 3.8 stars from 5 (898)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7162 yards
  • Slope: 137
  • Rating: 73.3
  • Layout

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  • 30761 N. Golf Club Dr., Queen Creek, AZ 85243
  • (480) 987-9800
  • (480) 987-3800
  • www.johnsonranchgc.com

Year built: 1997
Architect(s): Kenny Watkins
Type: Public
Style: Desert
Greens: Bermuda/Annual Rye
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 of any color required. No jeans or t-shirts.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7162 yards 73.3 137
Blue 72 6656 yards 70.7 126
White 72 6204 yards 68.3 119
Gold 72 5493 yards N/A N/A
Red (W) 72 5376 yards 70.0 119

The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch boasts a championship course with a front nine that winds through the Sonoran desert and a back nine that finishes at the base of the bordering San Tan Mountains. Naturally, the first half of the golf course is relatively flat and the latter half has a hilly terrain. In contrast to its categorization as a desert course, this course has grass from the tees to the greens but the cactus-filled landscape definitely implies desert. The greens are quite large and undulating and the fairways are fairly open with generous landing areas. Strategically placed sand bunkers and water hazards come into play throughout the Golf Club at Johnson Ranch.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 3.8 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 3.7 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.5 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.0 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 3.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 898 Reviews
5 stars:
184
4 stars:
431
3 stars:
175
2 stars:
58
1 stars:
50

recommend this course

732 out of 892 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

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

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"2nd time a charm"


rockyrich's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/23/2018
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Reviewed on

Gave this course a second chance after 50 minute wait the first time, all went smooth with very little waiting and there seemed to be enough carts.

Definitely will be back, good value golf!


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



conductor3'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 02/23/2018
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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



u375695045's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Did not play my tee time was canceled."


u00000331324's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2018
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The course had a major delay so my tee time was canceled.

I expect a refund from golf now.

Thank you in advance


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


"Beautiful Front Nine Layout"


Ian5419258's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2018
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Reviewed on

We had a 12:38 tee time but we were delayed for about 75 minutes due to a frost delay. Other than that, we will go back. We received a rain check for the back nine.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"One 9 better than the other"


u810272349's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2018
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Reviewed on

One 9 was better than the other but both were pretty good!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch on 02/22/2018:

Thanks for the 4-star review of Johnson Ranch. Please come back and visit us soon.

"Suprised"


Shypoke55's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

We got rained out on the 3rd hole so went back the the club house and had a few refreshments and hang out and visit. We also got a rain check and it was for a $ amount and not a round of golf I had never seen that before in my life I have always got a rain check for a round of golf with the rest of the year to use it!! Well this rain check expires in 30days WTH!! To me that’s a racket!! Love this course but there are things that need to change to make this course a customer friendly first!!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch on 02/22/2018:

Sorry to hear that you got rained out. Have you reach out to the Pro Shop about the length of your rain check yet?

"Slow"


u000006796954's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Our Tee time was delayed an Hour, due to Golf Now was their excuse at the clubhouse. The past 3 times golfing there, they have had an excuse for the delay of Tee Times. Always Slow at Johnsons Ranch. Course is in Beautiful Condition right now with the past weeks rain.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch on 02/22/2018:

Thank you for the review of Johnson Ranch, glad to hear you still enjoyed your round despite the slow start. Hope to see you soon.

"Tale of two nines"


Rrowlands54's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

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

Reviewed on

The front nine winds though the hills with some nice elevation changes, both up and down. The back nine winds through the houses on flat terrain with straight away 400 yard holes. Not much memorable holes here. The course was in decent shape, just a little rough around the edges.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch on 02/22/2018:

Thank you for playing Johnson Ranch. Please come back and visit us soon.

"Awful pace of play"


rwbendall'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 02/18/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pace of play was awful! We had 12:23 tee time & finished at 5:18. No carts available until 4 minutes before tee time? We've played this course numerous times since it opened. Pace of play will become more of a issue which management needs to address sooner than later. Course Marshall needs to enforce the no more than 4 hour 20 minutes posted on the carts. It's a great course but if the pace of play continues many frustrated players we'll look at other options for golf than Johnson Ranch.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch on 02/22/2018:

Sorry to hear the pace of play was poor when you came to play. Glad you still enjoyed your round despite the pace of play!

"Slow Pace Of Play"


michaelnrasmussen's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

Absolute horrible pace of play!! It was for an afternoon tee time at 1:30 and we could not finish before dark!! They were running 30 minutes behind and also had no carts when we arrived. It took 2 hours to play 6 holes!! No regulation of the pace and also the people in front just didn’t care. Despite numerous attempts to play through, they would act like we were not there. Finally it became too dark to play after 16 and as we were driving in, one of our carts died. We piled into the other cart and informed the attendants and they blamed us!! This is exactly what they said “Well it would have been nice of you to come in when the cart died. Now we have to go out in the dark and get it!!” We explained the cart died on the way in and he walked away.

It is a nice course and fun layout but they stack tee times so close together everything becomes log jammed the minute some hackers go searching in the desert for their balls.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Average


I recommend this course


Response from The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch on 02/22/2018:

Sorry to hear the pace of play was poor while you were playing your round. We hope it is much better next round.

"PHX Golfers: Don't Play Here"


AZnative's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I'm not one to write negative reviews, but this course was extremely underwhelming. I'm surprised this course has 4/5 stars overall. Three major issues (also common to other reviews):

1. Starting time: Started 25 min late on a 12:30pm tee time (actually quite lucky based on previous reviews).

2. Pace of Play VERY slow on the front 9 which is much more difficult than the back 9. 2:45 hr on the front, 2:00 hr on the back, 4:45 hr total.

3. Poor course conditions (Quite bad considering other similarly priced courses in PHX)

- Note: There is a distinct difference between "dormant" rough (some PHX courses) and dead rough (i.e. dirt) at Johnson Ranch.

The front 9 has memorable scenery although that doesn't compensate for the unbearably slow play and poor course conditions.

If you have to drive more than 10 min to Johnson Ranch then it's not worth it. A comparably priced course anywhere in Phoenix will likely be better than what you'll find here.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Response from The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch on 02/22/2018:

Sorry you did not have a great experience at the course today. We hope that your next round will be much better. If you do not mind, reach out to the pro shop about your round.


u000006745792's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch on 02/22/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Johnson Ranch. Please come back and visit us soon.

"Awesome course!"


u543808853's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2018
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Reviewed on

Had a great time as always! Course was in great condition, could have used a little faster pace from groups ahead.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch on 02/15/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Johnson Ranch. Please come back and visit us soon.

"Never on time"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2018
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We ended up not playing. We had a 4:00 time (only playing 9) but they were 35 minutes behind at 3:30 and play was not picking up (it was 20 minutes behind when we got there). As a result we chose not to play.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch on 02/12/2018:

Sorry to hear about your experience when you visited us.

"Fairways poor"


gozenya300's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2018
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Reviewed on

Fairways are in very poor conditions. Greens were in very good condition and quick.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


Response from The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch on 02/12/2018:

Sorry to hear you did not enjoy our fairways. Thank you for playing Johnson Ranch.


martyk's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/07/2018
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch on 02/09/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review of Johnson Ranch. Please come back and visit us soon.

"enjoyable round of golf with great views"


johnkrn'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 02/07/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

you will enjoy this course just stay away from the desert areas and the rattlesnakes. Great views of the valley with challenging holes and greens.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch on 02/09/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review of Johnson Ranch. Please come back and visit us soon.

"Fun course"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2018
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The course is in very good shape, I like the nine holes mountain nine holes desert. The pace of play has been very good


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch on 02/09/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review of Johnson Ranch. Please come back and visit us soon.

"Challenging but fair"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
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Very challenging course with interesting variations in the front nine. When the wind is against you, #1 lives up to its handicap rating (1). Pin placements add to the degree of difficulty. Only drawback the numerous brown or bare spots around the greens.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from The Golf Club at Johnson Ranch on 02/07/2018:

Thank you for playing Johnson Ranch. Please come back and visit us soon.


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