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3.9
801 Reviews (801)
5 Stars
277
4 Stars
343
3 Stars
112
2 Stars
42
1 Stars
27
Conditions
3.8
Value
3.5
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
3.9
Amenities
4.0
78.8%
Recommend this course
673 out of 801 reviews
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Average Rating
Avg Rating
3.4
34 Reviews (34)
5 Stars
7
4 Stars
12
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
3
1 Stars
4
Conditions
3.2
Value
3.2
Layout
4.1
Pace
3.7
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
4.4
64.7%
Recommend this course
22 out of 34 reviews
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3.7
96 Reviews (96)
5 Stars
27
4 Stars
35
3 Stars
18
2 Stars
8
1 Stars
8
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.2
Layout
4.2
Pace
3.7
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.4
71.9%
Recommend this course
69 out of 96 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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Course Details

Year Built 1999
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens TiffDwarf Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round. Closed: 9/30 - 10/16.
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 - "McDowell Mountain Learning Center"
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

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse, Conference Facilities, Banquet Facilities

Reviews

3.9
801 Reviews (801)

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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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
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4.0
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Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
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4.0
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Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
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Friendliness Excellent
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Perfect weather
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Value Good
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Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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Reviews 7
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5.0
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First Time Playing

Nice course

Great course!! Nice layout combining desert and green course.
Very challenging but fair.
The employees were very helpful and courteous.
I will play it again and highly recommended!!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Great layout & scenery

Course was fun, beautiful, and very green. Loved the scenery around the course and driving through the terrain to get to next holes. Greens were a little bumpy but other than that extremely fun time.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 17
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Very nice course

Have played numerous times

Very fair and always a good experience

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 85
Skill Beginner
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fantastic even after the monsoon that delayed us…

Great course! No drainage issues even after the deluge of the storm that hit right before our tee time. Can’t wait to get back!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 18
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Over priced for cart path only

The course was in great shape. The staff was alright the pro shop staff kinda snotty especially the Gail at the desk she thought she was high and mighty. The starter was nice. Way over priced for cart path only. The rates should be $25.00 lower due to cart path only which is BS. Should be 90 degree rule. Not cart path only. Come on folks get with being user friendly you’re screwing the customer. We’re not playing the PGA here.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 3
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
2.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 7
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 26
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

POOR VALUE

If you are going to let the course go in the summer, you can’t charge nearly this much to play it. If you’re going to charge this much, you can’t have 50% or more bare patches in the fairways. Took over 5 hours to play as well. Really odd layout, as hitting a 6 iron off the tee on a par 5 and then hitting a 5 wood into the front bunker on the second shot is an odd way to build a course. Felt like they shoe horned it into this location.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 26
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Not a good value

Arizona in the summer is always tough to keep a golf course in top shape. But if you are going to charge a very high premium rate like $90, you have to at least make an effort. Fairways were 50% dirt, bunkers had large rocks in them, greens were spotty at best. There are many courses in the valley in much better shape and charging half of what this course did. The layout is odd as well, as I've never had to tee off with a 6 iron on a par 5 and then be able to hit a 3 wood into the front bunker? It's like they had to pigeon hole the course into not enough land.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
First Time Playing

McDowell mountain

Greens were above average. Multiple bare spots on parts of the course, mostly around the mounds, overall condition slightly above average

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Terrible

This course has potential, but is terrible. Actually terrible is an understatement, more like horrific. Teed off at 7am, still took 5 hours to play. No Marshall. They use 7/8 minute tee times which just destroys any chance of getting around in a decent time. Oh and the course is in terrible, excuse me I mean horrific shape. Fairways extremely spotty, but mostly just bare dirt. Greens look like they never healed properly from aeration. Absolutely fraudulent for them to ask anything over $20 to play. Mark it down as another course ruined by Arcis.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Pace Poor
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