McDowell Mountain Golf Club

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4.1
536
5 Stars
180
4 Stars
245
3 Stars
73
2 Stars
28
1 Stars
10
Conditions
4.1
Value
3.9
Layout
4.2
Friendliness
4.2
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.1
87.4%
Recommend this course
461 out of 534 reviews
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3.9
7
5 Stars
0
4 Stars
6
3 Stars
1
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
3.6
Value
4.1
Layout
4.0
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
3.9
100.0%
Recommend this course
7 out of 7 reviews
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4.0
45
5 Stars
13
4 Stars
24
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.1
Value
3.8
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.9
StaffFriendliness
4.2
87.0%
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40 out of 45 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 71
Length 7072
Slope 137
Rating 73.3
Type Public
McDowell Mountain Golf Club 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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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
Greens TiffDwarf Bermuda
Golf Season Year round
Architect Randy Heckenkemper (1999)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
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
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Collared shirt required, no denim

Reviews

4.1
536

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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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
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing
Used cart

McDowell Mountain Great layout - terrible customer service.

I just recently played McDowell Mountain for the first time. I had heard great things about it and I was excited to play. Unfortunately upon my arrival at the golf course my excitement went south very quickly . From the bag drop to the beverage cart no one was friendly with the exception of the bartender. The staff acted like they were being inconvenienced with us coming to play. Something as simple as a "Thank You for coming" or "are you enjoying the golf course" just makes sense to me in this very competitive golf industry.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Commented On 08/03/2018

I couldn’t have said it better

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Upper mid range Phoenix course with beautiful views

This course is situated in the McDowell mountain foothills with beautiful views to the west across the Phoenix valley. Got a $5 discount for my son who is 16 and free warm up range balls which was a nice surprise based off of prior reviews here. Teed off right on time and finished on pace in 4 hrs 15 minutes. Saw rangers 3 times and they seemed to be keeping play moving. The course was in good but not great shape - greens were very firm, fairways in decent shape but maybe a little ragged on the edges, there were a few muddy spots, and the sand in the bunkers was thin and not quite the best. The course is tight in some spots and sits side hill with several holes featuring severe doglegs that can be tough to find the lines off the tee the first time you play. Expect a few pin placements where you’ll have little to no chance of getting close due to the severity of the slopes on some greens. It isn’t particularly long with several drivable par 4’s and manageable par 3’s. Cart and bag drop staff was efficient but not overly friendly. It was an absolutely beautiful March day in Phoenix for golf, too.

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

Why rip us off at the turn?

It’s a nice course, good conditions and I think fairly priced. That said, why do you have to rip off your clients in the clubhouse? When the hard looking waitress handed over 4 boiled, garage sale quality hot dogs and smirked while saying $28, I just about fell over.

Our entire group went from thinking this was a good course where I would be happy to play again to feeling cheated.

I would not play there again, simply because whoever runs the snack bar had to milk us for an extra $20. Bad management.

Conditions Excellent
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good news, Bad news

Good news: A very fair test. Conditions very good, greens fast and tricky, but very fair and fun to play. Marshall kept an excellent pace (we saw him 3 times), lots of choices of tee boxes (played the Gold/White combo), I'd play again anytime.

Bad News: Range balls ($12 for a medium bucket!!) should be included in green fees. That is cheap.

No photos of hole layouts on scorecard. WHY NOT? As a first time player, I didn't know the layout at all. No GPS on carts. WHY NOT?? Again, that information is vital for new visitors to the course.

Conditions Good
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

Nice round

Course is in great shape and this is a great value in PHX.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Like the course but....

Let me first say that we enjoy the course, the greens are good, love the after golf set up. We played here 2 years ago when in town for golf. This year we played two days at McDowell Mtn. We teed off the first day at 12:30. The group we were behind took 15 minutes from their 2nd shots just to get to the green. As we were waiting, the marshal (Norman) came by and I gave him a heads up that if the group in front of us continued at this pace, it would make for a long day. He said he really didn't want to say anything as it was just the first hole. Eventually the pace picked up some and we were enjoying our round of golf. On the 15th tee we were approached by Norman at which time he asked if we would skip a hole. He said he was concerned that a few groups, several holes behind us (who by the way were members), would not be able to complete their rounds before sundown. We politely declined. The more we thought about it, we got a little upset about that notion. It's not our fault that the people behind us didn't get earlier tee times. And the fact that they were members suggests to me that they know when the sun goes down, so don't gripe about now having adequate time for your round. But most importantly, why should we have to cut our golf short. We paid our fees. We played again 2 days later with good pace of play and got 36 holes in.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Ca

Fun course,not too long.Greens roll nice.Service at the turn and in dining room is always sub par!!

Range is packed sometimes tough to get a spot during prime time months.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing
Windy weather

We ended up getting a tee-off deal which brought the cost down to a level that was considered good value. The course was in good shape with greens that can be tricky to read at times.

Pros:

- Great practice area with target greens at the range, 3 or 4 practice greens with a bunker

-Very quiet as it is not near any major roads

-Did not eat there but the restaurant looked very nice

Con:

-Range balls are not provided. When you are paying over $100 to play the course, you should not be forced to spend more on balls to warm up

-No GPS on the carts

-Odd layout at times

I liked the course and the course conditions and if I was able to get another deal I would return.

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

Nice mountain course

This course is in great condition. Because the tournament was in town the pass of play was very slow. Otherwise great course.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Lunch bag letdown!

Course layout is a bit odd - feels tricked-up because of the fairway slopes and bunkering. I expected a superior challenge, so felt let down. Won't play this track again.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Scenic course

The fairways are wide and fairly easy to hit; but, the greens are challenging. Large greens with breaks that are difficult to read. Sandtraps are steep but the sand is good and not too difficult to get out of if you can get the ball high.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Bad day for starter

Part two: all aspects of course were very nice. Staff, course condition, pace of play price. The only negative part was the starter. We hit balls on range for 45-60 minutes. Never heard or saw him. Five minutes before our scheduled tee time we drove to first tee. The group ahead was leaving the tee. We waited until they got onto the green(a par 4). Saw no one and teed off one minutes after our tee off time. We were on the first green putting and the apparent starter starts yelling at us. “What are you doing? Who told you to tee off? Etc my partner asked him to calm down let me putt and we can walk right over to him, to determine his concerns. He told us to get off the green and wait as there was another player to join us. I finished my putt anyway, he drove off in a hostile manner. Not a very good customer service guy. Cannot say for sure that he was a starter. Although after nine holes which we played in one hour and forty minutes, we stopped to get a drink from the cart lady who was parked on ten tee and the same man from first tee drove by and said to stop talking to cart women and go tee off. Our third player was in restroom so we hit and then waited. The starter just seemed upset at us twice and not sure why. The hostile experience made us wonder what or why he was so aggressive. Thought you should know that he was mean spirited when everyone else was not. We will return but if it occurred again, we would not

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