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4.0
612 Reviews (612)
5 Stars
212
4 Stars
273
3 Stars
81
2 Stars
30
1 Stars
16
Conditions
3.8
Value
3.9
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
85.6%
Recommend this course
526 out of 612 reviews
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3.9
29 Reviews (29)
5 Stars
11
4 Stars
10
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
3
Conditions
3.4
Value
3.7
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
82.8%
Recommend this course
24 out of 29 reviews
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4.1
49 Reviews (49)
5 Stars
23
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.8
Value
3.9
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.4
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.6
85.7%
Recommend this course
42 out of 49 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public
Style Desert
Par 71
Length 7072 yards
Slope 137
Rating 73.3

McDowell Mountain Golf Club (formerly known as Sanctuary Golf Course) provides an eco-friendly option in Scottsdale - a pretty setting, too, on the McDowell Mountains' western slope. The golf course was designed by the architect Randy Heckenkemper, who turned what had been the Bureau of Reclamation's storm-water-retention area into a top Scottsdale golf course, with 6,624-yards of par-71 golf laid out over what truly tries to be a sanctuary for the indigenous flora and fauna.

McDowell Mountain Golf Club's signature hole is the 18th, a 516-yard par 5 that allows you finish your round of golf in risk-reward style, with an eagle or birdie practically begging to be attempted - though it might be just as easy to double-bogey. A bunker on the right guards a skinny landing area, while a wicked wash awaits on the left, but, hit that drive right, and you might just make the green in two.

After your round of golf on the golf course, head back to the restaurant, where you can take your breakfast or lunch daily in the dining room or on the patio - and take in vistas of the golf course and Camelback Mountain.

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Course Details

Year Built 1999
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens TiffDwarf Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round. Closed: 9/30 - 10/16.
Architect Randy Heckenkemper (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes - "McDowell Mountain Learning Center"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Dress code Collared shirt required, no denim

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

4.0
612 Reviews (612)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 60
Patio Dining 55
19th Hole Scenic Views 34
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 80
Undulating Greens 55
Elevation Changes 45
This course/club is great for:
Locals 69
Advanced Golfers 61
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 53
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 80
Worth the Drive 44
In the 'Burbs 41

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Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great day, played in less than 4 hours , dower was the greens were slower than shag carpet and cartpath only meant you had to guess every yardage

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

did not know they were getting ready to over seed. greens are usually great, todat were bumpy and rough.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

fairways are in great condition. the greens were in rough shape.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course and conditions except the greens...

Great layout, holes, staff. Greens were a bit furry and slow, but we’ll be back...

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Pretty Good

The course was nice, however several holes were under construction so we had to play around some of that. If you’re a beginner who slices, beware. This course is a ball loser. Rocky, sandy, and brush filled desert surrounds almost every hole. If you’re not accurate with your drives it’s extremely easy to lose your ball.

We were hoping to get some drinks on the course but didn’t see a cart employee through ALL 18 holes. Kinda bummed about that. Was hoping to get water/brews but didn’t get the chance.

All in all I’d give this course a 7 out of 10. Would recommend.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

We have been playing the course twice a week for 3-4 years.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

OB was as good as the fairways

First time at this course. I was expecting decent conditions considering the price. Yes, it is summer but putting was like rolling a bouncy ball down down asphalt, fairways were beat and dry (I know it’s summer) but when Apache creek is playing like a championship course (fairways, greens) for under half the price.... idc if it’s Scottsdale for that price you would think they could water the grass.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Very nice course

Great course, super friendly staff. Very fast rate of play

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Great Day

It was a lot of fun getting out with my buddies. The course was a little rough in spots, but you expect that in the summer in AZ.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 29
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Should not be open

Course is going through repairs or renovation and should not be open. Awful conditions! Every aspect of the course was sub standard. Not even close to the level of a Troon property and Phil Mickelson association with this property is not a good look for him. They even charge for a dozen or so range balls. Total money grab by this establishment. I honestly do not see where the positive reviews of this place come from. Management shills must account for some or most.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Fair
Pace Fair
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Tourney Play

Who starts a tournament at 11;00 am..? Booked a round at 11. We showed up at 10:45. With a line out the door. Golf Now and Teetime both need to BETTER display events during the booking action. Would simply go some where else versus getting totally MAD.

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

Great course

Will definitely play this course again, very challenging greens. Great vistas.

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

Great Day for Golf

Friendly staff. Course was challenging and fun. We did not feel rushed and we were never waiting. Food was great at the snack bar/ restaurant.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Staff was friendly and helpful as I arrived. I went to the driving range to warm up before the round. There wasn’t much good grass left on the range. It was filled with sand and spray painted.
The starter got us out early due to some late golfers in the previous tee time. He drove us to the first tee and gave us some helpful tips for play.
Most of the fairways were in poor shape. I know the valley has seen a decent amount of high temps. The greens were bumpy and burnt out as well. I was not impressed with the condition of the course for it being a Scottsdale area course and the price.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Poor
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
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