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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

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4.0
566 Reviews (566)

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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Mountain

The best course for the money and in the very best
Condition you will want to play again and again

Conditions Excellent
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Layout Excellent
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4.0
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Awesome course

Had a great time, course and folks are great but carts suck!! The brakes are not good and can’t lock them. Other that that, thnx Phil!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Advanced
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
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Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Conditions Average
Value Excellent
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Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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5.0
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First Time Playing

Great Course Highly Recommend

I really liked this course. Staff was super friendly, the range was nice with the shaded rolling canopy (great addition), the layout of the course was great and fun and for middle Of the summer the course was kept in what I thought was great overall condition. Course was not overly tough but not too easy—a few narrow fairways, few greens were tough others were not, etc. overall really enjoyed this course and If the rates stay reasonable I’ll be back.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Always Overrated Anytime of Year

The staff is never that friendly, the round is over priced, the range balls are over priced, and worst of all the greens were sanded and punched and there was no notification on GolfNow that they were going to do that. Typically there is an exclamation mark or notice and I did not see that. Overall, whether you play in season or during the summer the course is over priced. The course also has no views, there are giant power lines throughout the middle of it, and nothing too interesting about the layout.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
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4.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
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4.0
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Previously Played

Greens

Greens a little hard need to be more soft but other then that good shape

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice track

First time we played this course. It was an enjoyable round with lots of challenges. Many holes were narrow and required an accurate tee shot or shot into the green. Lunch was great, too!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fair

Generous fairways, not many creative holes, greens were true, traps need upgrading

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

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.

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

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

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Solid layout pressure on teeball

Good solid course - holds up well in the desert heat

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

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!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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