Camelback Golf Club - Ambiente Course

4.4409941176 4.4 stars from 5 (395)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7225 yards
  • Slope: 138
  • Rating: 73.9
  • Layout

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: No
Practice hole: No
Simulator: No
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: No
Metal spikes allowed: Non-metal spikes are preferred.
Singles 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.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7225 yards 73.9 138
Verde (W) 72 6630 yards 75.8 135
Verde 72 6630 yards 71.8 132
Camel (W) 72 6123 yards 72.4 127
Camel 72 6123 yards 69.0 124
Teal (W) 72 5538 yards 69.1 120

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.2 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 395 Reviews
5 stars:
192
4 stars:
147
3 stars:
32
2 stars:
11
1 stars:
13

recommend this course

343 out of 395 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city at a resort near local attractions   Great for advanced golfers locals a weekend splurge   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens thick rough   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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"Excellent Course"


Chief2021's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Course is beautiful and in great shape! Very friendly staff and pace of play was excellent! Love to see golf ranger checking up on everyone like they do at this course to keep pace where it should be and tee times must not have been overbooked like a lot of courses do. Will definitely be back. Little pricey but not bad.


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



sandquist30's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/08/2018
Previously played Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff both inside and out are extremely friendly and welcoming. The golf course is in great shape and the contoured fairways and greens make it very interesting. Expensive but it's high season.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Pure"


saltyk9's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/07/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Have been wanting to play this course for a long time after seeing it when playing Padre. Got a hot deal on golfnow to make it a reality.

The course is lush throughout. I think the teeboxes would putt better than some of the greens I've played on courses in the east valley lately.

Fun layout with challenging bunkers. Very undulated greens. Great views of camelback mountain and some monster homes on the course. Looking forward to the next time I get to play it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great track"


Warren6959540's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great track, play it all the time! They just spayed that day with fertilizer so it was a stinky round no pun intended!!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"A course too young for the price"


u9150086's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

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

Reviewed on

I booked this round without knowing much about the course. The price was around 200 usd for ambiente side. Good course layout, but the greens were not in the shape I would consider good value.

If I played this course again it would have to be at a reduced rate.

Staff was fantastic and a very bright spot on the day.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course



GREG1951's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/29/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



u000005560677's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/25/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Not sure if the course was worth the money. Pro shop nice just not overly friendly. Course was in good shape. Finished right at dark and bar closed at dark.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/18/2018
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Reviewed on


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



jimd6758's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/12/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great greens"


MDLR's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/06/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The greens were fast and true. With the speed of the greens, hitting the proper approach shot was key to a low score. . Course was in great shape. There were a number of challenging holes, especially the 200+ Par 3s. Staff were very accommodating and friendly.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Tough course if not on fairway"


Dajavo's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/02/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I really liked this course. If I could I'd give it a 4.5 star. Only con is the greens, which were in very nice condition were somewhat hard and rolled very quickly plus your ball didn't create much of a divot so when it hit the green it didn't stop and would roll off. Therefore play in front of green and have ball roll on. The course was in great condition. There were quite a few sand traps and very strategically located. For instance you would have a right and left sand bunker or left/right sand with opposite side being wasteland at about 230 yards making you have to hit the center of fairway on some holes. Most greens were narrow with right and left (and sometimes surrounding) sand bunkers. If you were off green right or left you would have to make a great sand (or ruff) shot or your ball would hit the green and roll off into the opposite bunker because the greens tended to be long and narrow. Did I mention that the sand bunkers aren't those flat, roll out of bunkers but the high majestic type that sometimes require a lob wedge instead of a sand wedge to overcome. Tough course but in a good way. Bring your A game. I normally shoot in the mid to high 80's but walked off this course hat in hand with a 99. I can't wait to play it again. Golf aside, the staff was very friendly, helpfull and courteous.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



"Very Nice Golf Course"


avergnetti's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/01/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in excellent condition. Greens pretty fast but rolled true. The only complaint was the slow group in front of us. Had to wait on most holes.


Pace of Play: Average

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



u741208854's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/30/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/28/2017
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Reviewed on


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


"Fun course"


u000005327477's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/08/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fun course. Very well maintained. Excellent course for great scenic views. Lots of native grasses.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"course condition"


Brnewton's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/07/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

condition was excellent. Greens could not have been better


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Great Links play in Scottsdale"


jperrie's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/06/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My first play since this course was redone and I like the new layout. The Links style layout was lush and green. The greens are large and prisine with some having big undulation and slope making most approach shots challenging. The bunkers were numerous and many had steep faces. I didn't like the large grooves in the ranked sand (I was in a few) but I think it is part of the links design. A great play if you can get a good rate.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fantastic Course"


Jeff3773609's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/06/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great course. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The condition of the course was perfect. Lush fairways and smooth greens. Just the right degree of difficulty for a 20 handicap.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Perfect conditions"


pastorleigh's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/05/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Wow this course was in great shape. Not sure how they do it. The fairways were perfect, the greens were marvelous and even the tee boxes were a 10. Truly a great experience with little play and I was sent out an hour before my tee time. The practice area was also unbelievable. From sand to chipping to working on my irons it couldn't get any better. I played Ambiente and it was a challenge but not particularly unusual. The course layout was a but basic but that is my only criticism. Great place to play. I will return.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Course is in fantastic shape- layout a little boring"


u504132723's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/02/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is built around an arroyo. The first 10 holes go straight out one side of it, the last 8 holes come back the other side of it. So the layout was a little boring. Many of the holes looked the same. Par 3's were ALL 200+ yards. It was in lush, pristine condition, but I thought the layout was repetitive. I'm glad I played it. Nice clubhouse and great burger.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average


I don't recommend this course



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