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4.1
705 Reviews (705)
5 Stars
250
4 Stars
308
3 Stars
94
2 Stars
34
1 Stars
19
Conditions
3.9
Value
3.7
Layout
4.4
Friendliness
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.1
85.0%
Recommend this course
604 out of 705 reviews
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4.3
41 Reviews (41)
5 Stars
20
4 Stars
15
3 Stars
5
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.2
Value
3.6
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.4
92.7%
Recommend this course
38 out of 41 reviews
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4.2
81 Reviews (81)
5 Stars
36
4 Stars
30
3 Stars
9
2 Stars
4
1 Stars
2
Conditions
4.0
Value
3.7
Layout
4.4
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
4.4
87.7%
Recommend this course
71 out of 81 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

4.1
705 Reviews (705)

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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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Conditions Excellent
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Conditions Average
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Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
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Course itself was good

Like I said the golf course itself was good but the total experience was not great. There was no communication about where do go to find the starter, we were at the driving range waiting for someone to call our name and it never happened, on that note the driving range was basically a sand pit, no grass whatsoever. Not to mention you had to pay for range balls, when paying 130+ for a round you would at least expect free range balls like most of the courses in the valley.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 14
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played

Great Course

The fairways and greens were perfect. Great course. I was a little rusty from Chicago cold weather but still managed an 81. Highly recommend. Perfect

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 13
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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Reviews 2
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Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Terrific layout

Absolutely terrific course for what money. Conditions were spectacular staff was friendly. Greens were a tad slow but nothing to complain about. Overall great time.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Pace of play was terrible, ranger tells us on the first tee we are shooting for 4 hours total, front nine takes 2 hours and 45 mins. Teed off at 1:00 PM and weren’t going to finish, left after hole 12. Took 45 minutes to play 2 holes on the back 9, ranger kept saying they were telling people to pick it up but nothing changed.

Conditions Average
Value Fair
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Nice and challenging

I really enjoyed the course and the layout. Greens were fast and challenging. The only downside was the ranger was polite but asked us to play faster even though we were going to finish in under 4 hours. He did not take into account the speed demons ahead of us. I will definitely play the course again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
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 10
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Top Tier

McDowell Mountain is a great golfing experience. It’s a friendly, well designed tract, challenging at times but always fun. The management is very organized, keep it friendly, and made me feel welcome, which is not always what one encounters at an upscale club. Keep up the good work. .

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

McDowell golf

Should not have to pay for range balls at that price.
Our bartender had an attitude.
Electric golf carts were great and super comfortable.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
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