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3.9
551 Reviews (551)
5 Stars
183
4 Stars
253
3 Stars
75
2 Stars
29
1 Stars
11
Conditions
3.8
Value
4.0
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.1
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.0
88.9%
Recommend this course
474 out of 551 reviews
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Average Rating
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3.7
15 Reviews (15)
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.7
Value
3.8
Layout
4.1
Pace
3.9
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
3.9
86.7%
Recommend this course
13 out of 15 reviews
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3.8
22 Reviews (22)
5 Stars
3
4 Stars
14
3 Stars
3
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
1
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.9
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
3.9
90.9%
Recommend this course
20 out of 22 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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McDowell Mountain Golf Club
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 71 7072 yards 73.3 137
Gold 71 6407 yards 70.2 131
White (W) 71 5724 yards 71.6 129
White 71 5724 yards 67.0 118
Red (W) 71 4880 yards 68.1 109
Scorecard for McDowell Mountain Golf Club
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
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
Handicap 10 18 16 6 8 14 2 12 4 11 1 13 5 17 9 15 7 3
Par 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 5 36 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 35 71

Course Details

Year Built 1999
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens TiffDwarf Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
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 - "Rick Smith Golf Academy"
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

Reviews

3.9
551 Reviews (551)

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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Fair

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

Conditions Average
Value Good
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Pace Excellent
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5.0
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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
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Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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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
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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
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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
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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 ,

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

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.

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

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.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

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...

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

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!!!!!!

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played

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.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Oerseeded

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.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

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.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great value

People and course condition very good. Layout a little limited, but very enjoyable.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

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

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

Great layout!

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.

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