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4.3
570 Reviews (570)
5 Stars
293
4 Stars
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3 Stars
48
2 Stars
15
1 Stars
19
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.0
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.3
86.6%
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495 out of 570 reviews
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4.5
57 Reviews (57)
5 Stars
35
4 Stars
18
3 Stars
4
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.2
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.8
96.5%
Recommend this course
55 out of 57 reviews
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4.3
101 Reviews (101)
5 Stars
58
4 Stars
26
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
6
Conditions
4.1
Value
4.0
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.7
86.1%
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87 out of 101 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Links
Par 72
Length 7225 yards
Slope 138
Rating 73.9

Camelback Golf Club features two courses, Padre and Ambiente (formerly known as Indian Bend Course). The Ambiente Course underwent a major renovation in 2013. Making the course more eco friendly was one of the major goals of the renovation in addition to improving the layout's playability for a wider range of skill levels. The creatively shaped greens offer a variety of different putting options that present interesting risk-reward opportunities. The renovation added 100 acres of native desert and grass areas that add not only beauty but also require a third less water. Rolling terrain is the defining characteristic of the Ambiente Course, from the undulating fairways to dramatic drops in elevation. There are five sets of tees with forward tees that have easier approach angles and no forced carried, allowing even beginners to approach the golf course with confidence.

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Course Details

Year Built 1970
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Jack Snyder (1980) Jason Straka (2013)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS Yes
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed Non-metal spikes are preferred.
Fivesomes Allowed No
Single Allowed No
Walking Allowed No
Dress code Collared shirts and Bermuda length shorts for men and appropriate attire for women. No denim is allowed for men or women.

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Lounge, Locker Rooms

Accolades

Reviews

4.3
570 Reviews (570)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 44
Patio Dining 32
19th Hole Scenic Views 19
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 117
Undulating Greens 102
Thick Rough 72
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 100
Locals 68
A Weekend Splurge 54
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 114
At a Resort 47
Near Local Attractions 42

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Excellent condition. Everyone was friendly and welcoming.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Pristine

The first word that came to mind was pristine. The greens are the best I’ve seen. The fescue or off the fairway stuff is overly punitive, but overall awesome experience.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Conditions Excellent
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4.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

For a January round this course was in great shape. Worth the money!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Reviews 1
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
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4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 3
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Plays A few times a week
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5.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
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5.0
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Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Some of the best greens around

I played here last week, and this week. I came back for the immaculate greens. Course is in overall great condition.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing

Mixed Feelings

Course in good condition. As said in an earlier review greens are very fast and slows the pace of play. Course knowledge very important in playing well. Would not recommend this course for beginning golfers.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 5
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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First Time Playing

Slow, wet, gps

GPS appeared to be set for wrong flags, as much as 20 yds off? Very wet. Very slow. Great greens.
Staff very friendly. Great range.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 8
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Tough greens

The course is wonderful with lush, wide fairways with a fair share of bunkers. The difficulty most first-timers will have has to do with the speed of the large greens especially because most of the greens feature severe contours. It is possible to have more than 3-putts on some of them (I did after reaching the green on the par-3 15th hole).

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Played On
Reviews 34
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Pardon my Putt

The course is beautiful, green fairways, well maintained but the greens, oh those greens. Talk about slick! It was almost impossible to get the speed right to get close to the pin. When you think you’ve hit it soft enough, the ball would roll by 3-4 feet.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once 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
Reviews 7
Handicap 5-9
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Walked

Fast greens = slow round

I was able to get out on a perfect day. The over seed came in very well. The course was in perfect shape with perhaps the fairways still a touch shaggy but that is to be expected for the tail end of over seed.

The course is walkable with nice transitions from tees to fairways (with the odd exception of 18). There are a couple of long walks from green to tee on both the front 9 and back 9 (same stretch coming and going).

The challenge for Ambiente is they need to slow the greens down. While every course wants to be known for having "fast greens", it kills pace of play as evidenced by my round of 4:25 and watching how long other groups were on the greens.

The greens are already very firm. They have plenty of undulation. There is abundant bunkering.

These three factors should tell one that they don't need super quick greens. The challenge is already there.

If the greens were more receptive and had less undulation I could understand the fast greens, but this trio works against the player and slows down pace of play - all the time is spent on the greens.

Slow the greens, soften the greens. Players will shoot better scores, have more fun, and pace of play will improve. They will more likely want to come back as well..

Bottomline: I'm not so sure I'm willing to go back despite the otherwise excellent course conditions.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun Layout

This was my first time in the Scottsdale/Phoenix area playing golf. Stumbled upon this course on our trip. It had a lot of fun target shots with some risk/reward carry’s off the tee. Greens were firm and fast and the staff was awesome all the way around. Would recommend to anyone.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
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