McDowell Mountain Golf Club
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.
|White (W)||71||5724 yards||71.6||129|
|Red (W)||71||4880 yards||68.1||109|
|Black M: 73.3/137||429||366||225||575||402||394||432||191||542||3556||440||448||380||532||161||474||339||234||508||3516||7072|
|Black/Gold M: 71.4/134||397||366||196||541||402||394||404||163||542||3405||422||421||380||532||161||435||339||201||382||3273||6678|
|Gold M: 70.2/131||397||331||196||541||374||337||404||163||510||3253||422||421||353||498||132||435||310||201||382||3154||6407|
|Gold/White M: 68.5/124||397||331||196||541||374||337||404||163||510||3253||404||390||310||466||99||378||266||156||347||2816||6069|
|White M: 67.0/118 W: 72.4/127||368||303||147||503||332||271||360||153||471||2908||404||390||310||466||99||378||266||156||347||2816||5724|
|Red W: 67.9/114||336||250||109||461||298||240||308||94||407||2503||316||309||266||435||69||314||239||102||327||2377||4880|
Generous fairways, not many creative holes, greens were true, traps need upgrading
Great shape and great layout!
Haven’t played here in a couple of years and I took someone who never played here - he absolutely loved the layout and the course was in great condition- will definitely play here again.
Nice features but...
Course was well laid out but the greens needed some work. Also, there should be more water on the front nine and maybe another bathroom
Solid layout pressure on teeball
Good solid course - holds up well in the desert heat
Great desert course with great variety in hole design
Just a great day from beginning to end. Range offered ample grass and targets to pick, course conditions were great on a perfect golf weather day, playing partners were enjoyable, pace of play was very good, and a low score was the final reward.
I really like the variety of the hole designs and the scenery of the mountains and valleys as you play. Greens were is great shape - pretty hard and fast but would hold good irons shots into them. I just realized I did not hit a bunker all day so cannot comment. Overall great day. I will be back!
Don’t be so cheep!!
Don’t charge for a couple range balls so a guy can warm up a bit . It’s so cheep doing that ,
Don't Waste Your Time
Course was in terrible condition. Fairways were bare and greens inconsistent. No GPS on the cart and no yardage markings on the course. There were foursomes followed by threesomes followed by singles, etc. Where was the starter/ranger? Way overpriced given the poor conditions. You would be better off playing Silverado or Starfire if you want a muni style course in Scottsdale - much cheaper.
Came back again
We played his course 2 years ago and enjoyed the layout. That’s why we came back again. The pace was great! Finished in 4 hrs and 10 minutes. Course was in excellent condition.
Over-seeding - cart path only
Course in good shape. Greens on the course slow but for some reason the practice green was much faster which led to some extra putts on the first few holes. 5 hours to play 18 was disappointing but the perfect weather provided a good outing...
Always a winner!!!
Course was in good shape for late in the overseeding phase. Greens in good shape, rolling about 10. Cart path only was no big deal. give it two weeks and it will be perfect. We play this course every time we are in Scottsdale. Great outdoor bar!!!!!!
Consistently Sub Par
Trending (in the wrong direction): I've been coming to MMGC for three years and they've lost their edge. Prices are increasing while the service, quality and experience is decreasing. Here's a recap of my experience this week.
1) Outside Services: Upon arrival, OS watched me walk across the parking lot with my bag and allowed me to get all the way to the carts before greeting me or taking my bag. He was also friendly-ish at best. OS at the end of the round was great.
2) Food & Beverage: They've hired some great people. The exception being the guy that bartends evenings who is comically not nice. The entire operation is mismanaged. The beverage cart has been out of basic mixers on my last two visits. After the round we sat at a table for 10 minutes without being greeted or acknowledged. So, we moved to the bar where we were never offered menus, etc.
3) Course Conditions: The course had only been open for one week post overseed. So, it's not fair to make comments about the greens being slow. Overall, the condition was as expected. However, they had just cut the fairways but neglected to blow them. So, there was grass clippings everywhere on each fairway.
4) Pace of Play: We went off 10~15 minutes late (not sure why). Ranger presence was exceptional. However, they send groups off at 8-minute intervals. So, there was some waiting due to the volume of players.
I want to love this course but the last two visits have mirrored the experience above. If they don't start paying more attention detail, I will be looking elsewhere.
The course just opened from overseesing. It would have been nice to know this before booking. It was cart path only and the greens putted like fringe. Like the course but a heads up on overseeding would have been nice.
Good day for golf
Course was in the process to be ready for reseeding having brown spots in many places. Greens were fast, but without a true roll on the ball bumping constantly due same reason mentioned before. It will be unfair to give a bad review under the circumstances.
McDowell has a very interesting layout, having a variety of fairways with challenging approaches. Nice place to play once is ready after reseeding.
People and course condition very good. Layout a little limited, but very enjoyable.
The only person that was helpful was the cart and bag staff. The gentleman at the desk wasn’t very personable. It’s summer and I saw the cart girl just twice the entire round and that was just the front 9. Course layout was okay though it felt as if it was kinda thrown together along the canal and under some power lines. Had a hole or two that was covered in range balls at the landing areas of your drive. I play callaway balls and they use callaway range balls so it was an Easter egg hunt locating my ball. Over all it was an okay experience. Not the greatest and would have expected a troon type experience especially being a Phil Mickelson course and located where it was. Had more of a municipal feel. I’d say I played it but not sure if it would be my first mention for courses in the area but we shall see I plan on playing talking stick this week
This course is a fun layout for many people to enjoy. The staff was extremely friendly, and was very helpful. The only bad thing was the course punched a month ago and the greens were a little slower. Back nine needed a little more water but overall the course was good for an Arizona course in the summer.