Mountain Shadows Golf Course

4.0747166667 4.1 stars from 5 (378)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 54
  • Length: 2310 yards
  • Layout

  • 5445 E Lincoln Dr, Paradise Valley, Arizona 85253, Maricopa County
  • (888) 673-8283, (480) 624-5432, (480) 624-5400
  • (480) 905-3151
  • www.mountainshadows.com/golf

Year built: 1961
Architect(s): Jack Snyder (1961), Forrest Richardson (2016)
Type: Resort
Style: Executive
Greens: TiffDwarf Grass
Fairways: TiffDwarf Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: No
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Practice hole: Yes
Indoor practice facilities: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Singles allowed: Yes - paired up
Dress code: Collared shirt required, no denim
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Diamond 54 2310 yards N/A N/A
Square 54 2065 yards N/A N/A
Circle 54 1735 yards N/A N/A

The executive golf course at Mountain Shadows Golf Club in addition to being an excellent course has the added benefit of having a picturesque location nestled in the foothills of Camelback Mountain, and it also offers views of the equally majestic Mummy Mountains. The oleanders and palm trees sprinkled throughout the course enhance the pleasant atmosphere. The golf course's 18th hole boasts beautiful views of the sunset during the twilight hours but the signature hole is the par-3 12th hole. It plays uphill toward Camelback Mountain and over a pond and brook to a double-tiered green that is well protected by bunkers.

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.1 stars from 5
Value: 4.1 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.8 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 378 Reviews
5 stars:
170
4 stars:
157
3 stars:
26
2 stars:
13
1 stars:
12

recommend this course

344 out of 377 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city worth the drive near local attractions   Great for seniors beginners locals   Challenges include bunkers water hazards narrow fairways   Great for drinks 19th hole specials patio dining  

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"Gorgeous surroundings"


pimco888's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2018
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A par 3 course that’s beautifully manicured. Pin placements were fair but greens were tricky. Course is hard to find if you’re new. I had to valet park as parking was limited. Great place to work on your short game but a little pricey for such a par 3.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great Par 3"


u366819270's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2018
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Every hole is a par 3. Beautuful, well maintained course. Great for practicing your short game. I played by alone later in the day and the starter told me I could play a 4 some by my self meaning I could play 4 balls on every hole.


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


"Perfect setting for social golf"


Wade5823193's avatar
Skill:  Beginner

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
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It’s all new in the old course setting. The BEST EXECUTIVE GOLF COURSE. COSTA a little more than the “old” and worth the price!


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


"Tricked Up"


John9938317's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
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The greens were highly terraced. Very abnormal plateaus. Not a way to learn real golf. Might be fun for a non-golfer from the resort but not good practice for a full course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course



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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/18/2018
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Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Manager of resort blew me off"


october1945's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2018
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Reviewed on

I have played the course about 14 times,I find

this allows me to concentrate on my iron game

and putting.I have lived in Scottsdale and understand

that peak season finds most courses overbooking

to some degree, this was the worst.

Without going into length, the Resort manager

happen to come out to the compact area near

the 1st tee I asked why xy&z were taking place.

It was the most disrespectful reply with out

curse words one could have heard!


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Not what you would expect."


houstonsp's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2018
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Reviewed on

This is not an easy par 3 golf course.

The greens are protected by huge mounds and bunkers. The desert areas are hard packed sand, so if you miss the grass, your ball will roll out of sight.

The rough was 4 inches thick. The greens very fast with lots of undulations and 4 foot drops in many cases over the length of the greens.

I have a 7 handicap and I've played many challenging golf courses. I thought I liked a challenging golf course. But this golf course wasn't fun for me. I don't know who it will appeal to.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 02/17/2018

Thank you for your feedback. No, it's not an easy course and it is a very different golf experience being all par 3's with interesting greens. Both new golfers and experienced golfers have enjoyed the fun and fast round. We're in Paradise Valley / Scottsdale area with the best views in town.


"Par 3 but plenty of challenge"


u000005792915's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/12/2018
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Great place to work on your Short game and certainly plenty challenging. Grass is in great shape as were the bunkers. Staff were very friendly and supportive. Good value for the money.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Over rated"


stevesartori's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/11/2018
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Course looked very nice but every green was Rock Hard. You could not hold any green with any shot. The greens themselves were way overly undulating. There was no way to get near the hole except with luck. It was only worth maybe 1/2 the price I paid. Pace of play much too slow also. Sand traps were in bad shape in that no one ever seemed to rake them out. Skip this one as there are many other better courses out there. Sorry to have to give this bad review.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 02/17/2018

Thank you for the review. We opened last March and the greens may be firm, but are also fair and maturing every day. We have brand new bunker sand and it's a fun, fast round in the heart of Paradise Valley / Scottsdale.


"Not worth the money"


u000004591962's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/31/2018
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Reviewed on

Short course charging full course money. Hard to navigate your way around. Pin placements were difficult. So many better courses in the area to play for less.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 02/07/2018

Thank you for your feedback, we are sorry you didn’t find the same enjoyment in our facility that many guests and residents do. The game of golf is ever-changing and we believe we have a fun, unique product that allows players of all skill levels to enjoy a beautifully maintained course, in a stunning location with a wide variety of shots and putting challenges. We are sorry you do not find the same level of enjoyment and wish you the best in your search for great golf!



Robert9021099's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/26/2018
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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


Commented on 02/01/2018

Thank you for the 5 star rating and playing our fun and fast par three course in the Scottsdale / Paradise Valley area.


"Nice par 3 course."


u000002356422's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/25/2018
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Had fun sharpening my irons on this very beautiful course. Great staff and loved being in the shadow of Camelback.


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


Commented on 02/01/2018

Glad you had fun and enjoyed the views in the heart of Paradise Valley.


"Friendly and accommodating staff."


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/21/2018
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Fun par 3 course that was good for tuning up short game. Finished in 3 hours flat despite being held up on the last 3 holes.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course



u000005114322's avatar
Skill:  Beginner
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/20/2018
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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


"want to improve your iron game"


october1945's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/17/2018
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Reviewed on

All but 4 holes you are only hitting irons and

you have 4 different T boxes to hit from.

this allows you to come back again and on

holes that you hit a long iron you can now use a

wedge of different lofts.

The most difficult is putting bring your A game and

practice prior to playing,


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Improve your iron game"


u000002251650's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/08/2018
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Yes, it’s just a par-3 course. Make no mistake, this is a challenging track for any player. If you shoot par here, you’re a real player. Some blind landing areas and tricky greens but great fun and good practice.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



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

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


"Great Par-3 Course for convenience and quick play"


celbod's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/27/2017
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Reviewed on

Awesome course for a quick game and for practicing your short game. Layout simple with a few water challenges. Pace of play was great and finished in less than 3 hours. Playing again on Sunday!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Tough Greens"


pimco888's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/26/2017
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While we enjoyed the short course very much we were very frustrated with the difficulty of the greens. We were told that they were set up on Tuesdays for a Skin Game for PGA pros! From now on I will avoid Tuesdays


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"best test of a short game in the east vally"


october1945's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/25/2017
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Reviewed on

being a par 3 course you are hitting from the

back tees on 3 holes 158 - 189 all of the rest

you will be using 7 irons on up to all types of wedges.

the course was pristine other than the greens as

some still have sand in places. If you miss the

green from the tee box the next shot will not be easy.

If you want to improve your iron play this is the course

to do it on as I have played it 7 times.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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