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4.3
458 Reviews (458)
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Conditions
4.3
Value
4.0
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.3
84.1%
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397 out of 458 reviews
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4.1
27 Reviews (27)
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Conditions
3.7
Value
3.9
Layout
4.5
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.8
77.8%
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4.2
46 Reviews (46)
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Conditions
4.1
Value
3.9
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.7
82.6%
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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. 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 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.

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4.3
458 Reviews (458)

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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5.0
First Time Playing

Really fun course

Just reopened after over-seed and the course looks great. The course is bordered by tall natural desert grass which gives a nice contrasting color to the green fairways. There are lots of risk/reward par 4s that are under 400 yards with well placed bunkers . Some of the bunkers were a bit crunchy around the greens but other than that the condition was perfect. This course is on my “gotta play again list”. Finished around 4 hours . My group had to wait on a few tee boxes but only because the group infront searched for their ball in the tall desert grass. However on the first tee box the ranger tells you to take a lateral drop if your ball goes in there because you wont find it. If your ball goes in the tall grass its gone..

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

A nice challenging course

Almost a links style course but without a lot of the trouble of a links course. The fairway bunkering provides a good challenge when placing the tee shot and around the greens, there is adequate bunkering as well. Most of the holes are straight with the exception of 1 or 2 which can make the play a little boring, but the landing areas are tight and you have to be precise to score well from the tips. The sand wasn't in the best condition out there however, it was pretty hard and playing a blast wasn't really an option because of it. All in all a fun afternoon at a reasonable price.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Outstanding

Buddy came in town treated him to this course and it was a great choice.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
3.0
First Time Playing

Camelback ambiant

Played the ambiant and it was not as expected. Several fairways had a lot of debris. Trash in the alleys. Water was hard to come by across the course. Staff were really friendly however.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Challenging course, will play again.

I've played multiple times and each time I have been totally pleased with the course condition and amenities. Fairways and greens were in great shape. Don't hit the ball in the links grasses, you'll never find your ball!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Play it again

Very nice course and staff. Glad they have shorter tee boxes for short hitters, it made the day fun, but still a challenging course that requires good shots.
I would play here again.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Ambiente

I love Ambiente. Great layout, plenty challenging, great condition, even late summer.

My issues. Fairways and Tee boxes not mown. I love the course, and it's worth it to me, but $99 in the summer is a lot. That would be fine I guess, but mow the fairways and tee boxes if you're going to charge top dollar. Also, the rates are kind of fluid depending in where and when you book.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Arizona Advisor
Verified Purchaser
Top 25 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Links-style Course in the Desert

This is as close to links-style golf as you get in the desert. The course has all the features--the fescu, the bunkers, the quick greens, etc. Apart from the heat (111 F) melting my game, this is a top tier course to play.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Excellent Golf Course

If you are looking for a links course in Arizona, then Ambiente is that course. Great challenging holes and lots of tall fescue grass off fairways. Greens are fast and fun. The best choice you could ever make is to play Ambiente at Camelback.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played

Smoking hot deal

It wasn’t 105 degrees playing at high noon. Not for the faint of heart But a course that charges upwards of $200 in season (because they can) is worthy of a look this time of year. The course, while not taking a huge footprint has really interesting holes and presents a nice challenge

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Disappointed

Was looking forward to playing this high end course, but was disappointed. Course was so dry that fairway grass actually crunched when you walked on it! There was little or no grass around greens.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Very enjoyable day

First time played so as a single I was taking my time discovering the layout and planning my shots and yet I only had one single go through me and never caught the group ahead of me, seemed like I owned the place on a 115* afternoon between 12 and 4. Fairways are pretty spacious. Greens had been punched long enough ago that they had filled in pretty nicely and putted true. Sand was firm not fluffy. The usual sparse, dry, hard spots on any areas of slope where water doesn't soak in like any course this time of year. The pro shop let me demo a 3hybrid at no charge and the beverage cart gal was friendly and informative. I enjoyed the course immensely and will play again soon.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

this course need work before tourist season!!!

Ambiente at Camelback resort has a lot of promise but current conditions are very bad. VERY bad. Fairways are barely acceptable but all areas saround greens are in horrible condition. the sand traps are very inconsistent--some are ok but many others have a concrete type feel just below surface so that there is no way to play ball out in a traditional manner.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pretty much perfect

Two of us played Ambiente in two hours fifty minutes. Not racing in the least. Leisurely, in fact. Demonstrates just how slowly most people play.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Camelback Ambiente

Course was in rough shape. Grass growing into perimeter of ALL sand traps and some large traps with 1 rake, give appearance that course conditions are more attributable to neglect, than weather conditions.

There are many golf options available in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area. This was definitely NOT worth $100 to play!

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

greens

the course plugged the greens two weeks ago but are still very bumpy. hard to keep putts on line

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Poor
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Aerification

You should acknowledge when a course has major maintenance ongoing, such as aerification when booking on Golfnow.com. Camelback is a great course however it was disappointing to find out the greens and fairways were aerified only a few days ago. We didn’t find out until check in. If we’d known this we would have played elsewhere.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Challenging greens

Played this course for the first time and really enjoyed it. Fairways and greens are in nice shape and the greens were consistent speeds for the whole round, which is something that has not been the case for other tracks we have played this week. There are enough bunkers to provide a challenge and catch miss-hit shots, but the biggest challenge on this course is the elevated, firm, and undulating greens. It was hard to hold the greens on a long approach shot, and you really need to have your putter dialed in.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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