5402 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, Arizona 85253, US
(480) 948-1700
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About JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

Historic JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn dates back to 1936 and is set on 125 acres at the base of Camelback Mountain. This 425-room and suite property in a pueblo-style features a spa, tennis courts, heated outdoor pools, garden terraces and desert hiking trails. Camelback Golf Club features two 18-hole courses, the Padre (designed by Arthur Hills) and Ambiente (by Dana Fry and Jason Straka). In addition to these championship courses, there is also a small pitch 'n putt golf course onsite. Dining is highlighted by Lincoln Steakhouse & Bar, while Rita's Cantina & Bar is more casual with a southwest flair. Spa and poolside dining is also available. The golf club has American cuisine at Acacia. Spacious guest rooms feature outdoor living spaces and kitchenettes. Onsite car rental is available as well as 127,500 square feet of meeting space is available for large groups.

Facts

Price Range$$$, $$$$
Property Class★★★★★
Acres125
Year Opened1936
Number of Units300-500

Amenities

RestaurantsBar, Fine, Casual
Room TypesRoom, Suite
PoolAdults Only
Short CourseYes
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?Yes
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

Reviews

4.3
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Handicap 5-9
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Camelback Ambiente

Excellent course. Back nine is very challenging. Excellent course conditions for July.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Excellent greens and fairways

Played the Padre, best greens I've played on all summer. Quick. The course is in very good overall shape and offers an excellent track. Staff is always professional and I felt safe. Both courses are enjoyable and plenty challenging without being overly difficult.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Value

Love this course but Padre was not in good condition and they should not be charging $80 a round.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

WOW

Might be the worst kept track I’ve ever played. Half the tee boxes were mud, the collars were all being replaced ( as in cut out waiting for sod ), hard pan, standing water. Dissapointed to say the least. Price should have been half of what it was.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Summer conditions

I heard the greens were good, but been airified 2-3 weeks ago so a few greens were good and some were ok. Typical summer Arizona conditions, lots of burn outs. I’m sure during the overseed season (September through April) would be so much better.

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

Great Day to Golf

Course is a “meadows “ design so important to stay in the fairway. No water to worry about but shot placement is key. I wouldn’t suggest this course to high handicap or beginners.

Course was on ok condition considering it is summer in AZ. Very muddy in some areas from overwatering and some areas near greens were burnt out. Overall greens and fairways were well maintained.

Staff friendly and everyone was wearing masks for COVID. Oops almost forgot, they have placed water coolers all over the course and the beer cart was around frequently.

A truly wonderful round on Fathers Day.

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

Father's Day round

Staff was friendly and inviting. We were paired up with a a couple that were club members. They were friendly and helpful around the course. I have played here a few times and it is always a good time.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Terrible

I have played this course before and I like the layout. However understanding I received a hot deal on this course it was in terrible condition. Hot deal or not the fairways, greens, and tee boxes were in playing condition only.. Very sad to see this course in this condition.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Camelback

Beautiful well manitained golf course. First time playing here but I will be back. Layout is fair for the average golfer. The greens are tough. They are fast so you need to control the pace of the put. Otherwise your 6 feet past the hole. Hole locations are tough. Sloped greens along with the speed will force you to put the ball in the right spot.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Awesome Greens

Camelback Padre course is my favorite local course. Friendly staff, excellent range/warmup area. Good, fair course. The greens are some of the best in greater Phoenix area. So true and pure. Awesome. Only issue was the condition of the tee boxes.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Arizona Advisor
Verified Purchaser
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Excellent shape for summer time.

For the panicky Corona plandemic people the staff were ALL wearing masks. Triple digit heat out today. The course with the exception of a few spots was in great shape. A few fairways were wet, but not bad. The greens were in excellent shape. I was really surprised for this time of year. Most of the greens have a lot of slope one direction or another. Nearly all of them are raised. You must fly the ball as they will not run up. Several of them have a guardian sand trap that you must get passed to get on the green. Not too many houses on the course. Overall, it was a good day. I played in about 3 hours after getting through a 4-some who was playing slower.

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

Wow

We played the TPC yesterday, but this course had faster greens, more of a traditional layout than the typical desert style. I’m coming back next time I’m in Phoenix to redeem myself. The greens kicked my butt, the ball would roll forever and I love a fast green...

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Poor course conditions, no marshall

We were excited to play Camelback, however we ended up being very disappointed. There was a 4-some in front of us, obviously playing for money, with nobody ahead of them for several holes. No marshall came around at all. Worse yet, due to lack of rain, the course was in terrible shape. Do not play here unless you get a true opinion of the course conditions.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Horrible shape.... dont play.

The course was airrated and the pro shop said the were giving us a 25 percent discount but then charged us the same price we locked in on golfnow. The greens were poor but the rest of the course was really bad. The tee boxes looked liked there were dirt only. The fairways had patches of green but not around the greens. It looked like they hadn't maintained the course at all. The couple we were assigned to play with said they played the course 20 years ago and it was a great course then. My father played 15 years ago and said the same. Everyone agreed it wasn't worth the money at half of what they were charging. I made the comment to the staff that the course was a little rough and he went on to say it was the airation and that's the reason for everything, tee to green. It would be great in 2 weeks. He must of thought we were idiots. The course isn't worth playing now. You can find much better at half the price.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Poor
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 50 Contributor
Previously Played

4.157 stars

Loved the fast greens... made some putts! They’ve done a great job taking care of these courses.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

2nd Time Around

My second time playing the Padre and it was a lot of fun. Enjoyed the couple I was playing with and that makes for a good round. Course is starting to get into "summer" condition...greens were firm and fast. Lots of different types of shots and that is always fun. Will be back again.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

A Fun Day on a Good Course

Playing this course for the third time and it's always a challenge getting the tee ball in the correct position on a different course. Played with a great couple from Parker, AZ, so that made for a fun day. Greens were firm and quick...so position on the green became very important. Also some local knowledge would have been nice on some tee shots. Overall it's a course that will test your game and I will be back to give it another shot or two.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Not ready yet - more warning needed.

Course is under major maintenance. Not worth the money till it's done.

Greens are heavily aerated, fairways are either mud or hard pan.

Pace of play was 4.5 hours and started late.

Cortney on cart was around often and was the lone bright spot.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Not what we were expecting.

Booked this course for 6/9 after never playing it before along with 3 friends. We were all super excited to play at such a nice place. Unfortunately it wasn't a good experience. Not only were the Greens just freshly aerated but the entire course was aerated. It was also very wet in certain places, had to play out of mud or grass that OK but was actually just mud underneath. It was nearly impossible to hit a straight putt. The biggest problem is that we were not warned or notified that the course was aerated. We would have never paid the price to play a course in this condition. The course website or GolfNow normally give you a warning but not this time. I'm sure it's an amazing place when in decent condition.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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