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511 Reviews (511)
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1 Stars
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Conditions
4.1
Value
4.0
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.4
83.0%
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4.0
44 Reviews (44)
5 Stars
24
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
3.7
Value
3.7
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.6
75.0%
Recommend this course
33 out of 44 reviews
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4.2
71 Reviews (71)
5 Stars
41
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
3.9
Value
3.9
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
80.3%
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Links
Par 72
Length 7225 yards
Slope 138
Rating 73.9

Camelback Golf Club features two courses, Padre and Ambiente (formerly known as Indian Bend Course). The Ambiente Course underwent a major renovation in 2013. Making the course more eco friendly was one of the major goals of the renovation in addition to improving the layout's playability for a wider range of skill levels. The creatively shaped greens offer a variety of different putting options that present interesting risk-reward opportunities. The renovation added 100 acres of native desert and grass areas that add not only beauty but also require a third less water. Rolling terrain is the defining characteristic of the Ambiente Course, from the undulating fairways to dramatic drops in elevation. There are five sets of tees with forward tees that have easier approach angles and no forced carried, allowing even beginners to approach the golf course with confidence.

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Course Details

Year Built 1970
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Snyder (1980) Jason Straka (2013)

Rentals/Services

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

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 VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed Non-metal spikes are preferred.
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Walking Allowed No
Dress code Collared shirts and Bermuda length shorts for men and appropriate attire for women. No denim is allowed for men or women.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Lounge, Locker Rooms

Accolades

Reviews

4.2
511 Reviews (511)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 44
Patio Dining 32
19th Hole Scenic Views 19
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 117
Undulating Greens 102
Thick Rough 72
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 100
Locals 68
A Weekend Splurge 54
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 114
At a Resort 47
Near Local Attractions 42

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Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
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Previously Played

WOW

Might be the worst kept track I’ve ever played. Half the tee boxes were mud, the collars were all being replaced ( as in cut out waiting for sod ), hard pan, standing water. Dissapointed to say the least. Price should have been half of what it was.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Summer conditions

I heard the greens were good, but been airified 2-3 weeks ago so a few greens were good and some were ok. Typical summer Arizona conditions, lots of burn outs. I’m sure during the overseed season (September through April) would be so much better.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great Day to Golf

Course is a “meadows “ design so important to stay in the fairway. No water to worry about but shot placement is key. I wouldn’t suggest this course to high handicap or beginners.

Course was on ok condition considering it is summer in AZ. Very muddy in some areas from overwatering and some areas near greens were burnt out. Overall greens and fairways were well maintained.

Staff friendly and everyone was wearing masks for COVID. Oops almost forgot, they have placed water coolers all over the course and the beer cart was around frequently.

A truly wonderful round on Fathers Day.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 20
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Terrible

I have played this course before and I like the layout. However understanding I received a hot deal on this course it was in terrible condition. Hot deal or not the fairways, greens, and tee boxes were in playing condition only.. Very sad to see this course in this condition.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Poor course conditions, no marshall

We were excited to play Camelback, however we ended up being very disappointed. There was a 4-some in front of us, obviously playing for money, with nobody ahead of them for several holes. No marshall came around at all. Worse yet, due to lack of rain, the course was in terrible shape. Do not play here unless you get a true opinion of the course conditions.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Horrible shape.... dont play.

The course was airrated and the pro shop said the were giving us a 25 percent discount but then charged us the same price we locked in on golfnow. The greens were poor but the rest of the course was really bad. The tee boxes looked liked there were dirt only. The fairways had patches of green but not around the greens. It looked like they hadn't maintained the course at all. The couple we were assigned to play with said they played the course 20 years ago and it was a great course then. My father played 15 years ago and said the same. Everyone agreed it wasn't worth the money at half of what they were charging. I made the comment to the staff that the course was a little rough and he went on to say it was the airation and that's the reason for everything, tee to green. It would be great in 2 weeks. He must of thought we were idiots. The course isn't worth playing now. You can find much better at half the price.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 12
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Not ready yet - more warning needed.

Course is under major maintenance. Not worth the money till it's done.

Greens are heavily aerated, fairways are either mud or hard pan.

Pace of play was 4.5 hours and started late.

Cortney on cart was around often and was the lone bright spot.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Not what we were expecting.

Booked this course for 6/9 after never playing it before along with 3 friends. We were all super excited to play at such a nice place. Unfortunately it wasn't a good experience. Not only were the Greens just freshly aerated but the entire course was aerated. It was also very wet in certain places, had to play out of mud or grass that OK but was actually just mud underneath. It was nearly impossible to hit a straight putt. The biggest problem is that we were not warned or notified that the course was aerated. We would have never paid the price to play a course in this condition. The course website or GolfNow normally give you a warning but not this time. I'm sure it's an amazing place when in decent condition.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Great value

Good track for the money. Greens nice and quick
Favors a draw out and back. Not friendly to slicers. Okay I fade.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 113
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Arizona Advisor
Verified Purchaser
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

dry hard greens

The summer heat is coming and the course is showing a few burned out spots. The greens were dry and hard. The ball would roll off easily. Oddly several of the aprons to the greens were wet. So you could either hit into the apron and have the ball stop or land on the green and hope it didn't roll off. The rest of the course was pretty decent shape. Carts ran smooth and had GPS on them.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 7
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Always a great course. Wonderfully managed. Very appreciative of staff attentiveness with social distancing. Pace of play was good. Course conditions are pretty good considering time of year. Layout will give you all you can handle. I’m a mid handicapper who played green tees would recommend the combo tee options if your not sure. I should have done so.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Second time around

Course was very wet. First 10 holes played directly into the wind which made it extremely difficult, but I find the challenge fun.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Our favorite course in the area

Everything is top notch! Practice facility is excellent. Layout and conditions are fantastic!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 63
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Last minute course change

We got there and said we had to change to Padre course, and we were pushed back about a half in your...we have never been able to play abiente yet..keep trying...so we got the Padre.. .little disappointed but staff was polite about it and the course was nice

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 77
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 20
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

One of our favorites!

Ambience has a great layout excellent conditions! I especially enjoy checking out the mansions surrounding the golf course. This is one of out favorites!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 15
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

10 hole

Clean up 10th hole driving range golf balls some have been there so long they are barely visible in the ground I lost a good prob 1 in that mess

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 32
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

LONG & STRAIGHT

You’d better be able to hit them long and straight off the tee box. Some of the berm was 150-200 yds wide, before you found the fairway. And if you missed the fairway, it was tough to find your ball in the long grass. The fairways also had plenty of sand traps along the sides, in the middle, and guarding the green.
Other than that, the course is in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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