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4.1
1081 Reviews (1081)
5 Stars
259
4 Stars
562
3 Stars
187
2 Stars
49
1 Stars
24
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.4
Layout
4.1
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.8
91.3%
Recommend this course
959 out of 1081 reviews
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4.1
225 Reviews (225)
5 Stars
75
4 Stars
103
3 Stars
35
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.2
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.0
Amenities
3.6
StaffFriendliness
4.3
89.3%
Recommend this course
201 out of 225 reviews
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4.1
339 Reviews (339)
5 Stars
120
4 Stars
156
3 Stars
46
2 Stars
12
1 Stars
5
Conditions
3.9
Value
4.3
Layout
4.1
Pace
4.1
Amenities
3.7
StaffFriendliness
4.4
90.3%
Recommend this course
306 out of 339 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Municipal
Style Traditional
Par 72
Length 6743 yards
Slope 125
Rating 72.1

Located in the metropolitan Phoenix area, the affordably priced Ken McDonald Golf Course is a championship-length course that is suitable for any level of golfer. The flat terrain of the course makes for an enjoyable stroll, while the water hazards that come into play on eight holes provide plenty of challenge. The water hazards are provided by the Western Canal, which flows directly through the golf course. The par-5 11th hole is the longest on the course at 570 yards; it is very difficult to reach in two shots. In addition to the course, Ken McDonald Golf Course offers several other amenities including a restaurant, club fitting and repairs, and professional golf instruction.

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Course Details

Year Built 1974
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Snyder (1974)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code Proper golf attire required.

Food & Beverage

Bar, Snacks, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Reviews

4.1
1081 Reviews (1081)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 40
Brunch 13
19th Hole Specials 12
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 69
Water Hazards 61
Narrow Fairways 19
This course/club is great for:
Locals 84
Walkers 67
Seniors 57
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 99
Near the Airport 37
Worth the Drive 23

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Reviews 10
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fun course

Just needs better signage from 9th to 10th hole. Golf cart ran out of juice and had to wait for second cart...held up play. Needs bigger golf course map

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 37
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fair

Nothing outstanding about this course. It’s getting to the end of the high priced season in Arizona so prices are still high but the course conditions just about every where are average. Greens were nice a little slower than some of the fancy courses in the area. Only about one or two holes will test you off the tee box.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 57
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

Great course

Had a wonderful time at a first class course. The fairways could use a bit more water especially No. 1,12,15,. Otherwise fine.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 73
Handicap Don't know
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Don’t Bother Playing Here...

Great Staff! However the course is in lousy condition and play was excessively S L O W....

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Played On
Reviews 7
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Back 9 more interesting

A municipal course with a power substation abutting the course. Pace of play was slow. We had to wait on every hole on the front. Could be because 2 golfers were playing out of the same bag????? Greens were good but not much differentiation between the rough and the fairway. Wear your hardhat as balls were crossing fairways. Also golf cars with loud music--just not a fan of this.

Conditions Fair
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 12
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

So so

The Good: staff very friendly-pace of play was great- greens in good shape.

Needs improvement- fairways are extremely bare- PLEASE REPLACE THE GOD AWFUL RANGE BALLS.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

well maintained greens

Very forgiving coarse. No hazards. Minimal sand traps

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Ok

The course is in need of some TLC. The fairways & rough not in good shape. Fairly easy course but with poor conditions hard to score well. Greens Zok shape

Conditions Fair
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Walked

You get what you pay for

This course has been mismanaged for the 5 years I've been playing in a league there. I've begged the leader of the league to change venues, and finally he did. They got a new management company last year, but they didn't listen and continued the same practices. The course if over watered and the turf develops a mineral layer just a few inches down. Grass can't grow roots and the result is patchy fairways and dirt rough. Which matches the bunkers with minimal sand, more dirt.

The design is poor. The back 9 includes 3 dog leg lefts in a row. In the middle of this menagerie is a par 5 that your safest 2nd shot is over the next tee box into trees by the green. It's a crap shoot. I've eagled from there, and taken double digits. The 18th hole has a ditch across the entire fairway 280 yards from the Tee. A good drive is rewarded with a terrible stance.

My recommendation is to spend a couple more bucks and find a course that cares. A handicap from here doesn't travel. I don't know how they got such a high rating.

Conditions Poor
Value Good
Layout Poor
Friendliness Poor
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 18
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Walked
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Nice Course for the Miney

We liked this course. Pace of play was good and the course was in decent shape. Good course for average golfers. The putting greens were vastly different than the course greens so not sure there was value in putting before the round. Clubhouse staff and starter were friendly and welcoming. I’d definitely play this course again.

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