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4.0
622 Reviews (622)
5 Stars
214
4 Stars
276
3 Stars
85
2 Stars
30
1 Stars
17
Conditions
3.8
Value
3.8
Layout
4.3
Friendliness
4.5
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
82.9%
Recommend this course
531 out of 622 reviews
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3.9
25 Reviews (25)
5 Stars
9
4 Stars
8
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
2
Conditions
3.6
Value
3.5
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.0
Amenities
4.2
StaffFriendliness
4.5
76.0%
Recommend this course
19 out of 25 reviews
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3.9
53 Reviews (53)
5 Stars
22
4 Stars
17
3 Stars
8
2 Stars
1
1 Stars
5
Conditions
3.7
Value
3.5
Layout
4.3
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
StaffFriendliness
4.5
79.2%
Recommend this course
42 out of 53 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

4.0
622 Reviews (622)

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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Phil Schmill

So not worth the price point. Should have been a third of the price. 50 bucks would be a fare price. Greens were in poor condition and course is kind of mangy with standing water and dried out areas. Power lines run through the middle of the course. Club house is nice and staff is friendly

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
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Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Poor
Amenities Poor
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Reviews 3
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
1.0
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Previously Played

Very poor course conditions, especially considering the highest price I've ever paid to play here. Dead fairways, rough greens and several wet areas due to faulty irrigation. I've been coming here for 10 years and quite disappointed.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Played On
Reviews 60
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 250 Contributor
Previously Played
Cold weather
Used cart

Hidden Gem!

I played McDowell Mtn for the second time yesterday on 12/10. It was a little rainy in the morning but the course was still in good shape. The greens drained really well and still rolled true. Each staff member we dealt with was unbelievable and truly wanted us to have a great time. The outdoor lounging area looked amazing to relax and enjoy the Arizona weather throughout the year. I highly recommend going to see for yourself!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 27
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Nice course

I like this course as it is few mins from my place. After overseeing the course looks great and greens rolls true speed. We were backed up on most of the holes on back nine and took 4 hrs and 35 mins to finish the round. Course lay out is fine and some holes with narrow fairways. Practice range is also nice but it was full today and couldn’t find a spot for 10 mins. Short game and putting green is well maintained. Drink cart came frequently and offered various food and drink options.

Overall, staff is friendly and the restaurant is nice but offers very limited vegetarian options. I would recommend this course to play throughout the year.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Average
Value Poor
Layout Fair
Friendliness Good
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Slow play

Sure, cart path only slows the play a little. But, very close to a 5 hour round on a very warm day is uncomfortable. Rangers on the course make no effort to speed up slow play. For over $100, it isn’t worth the experience.

Conditions Good
Value Poor
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Great day, played in less than 4 hours , dower was the greens were slower than shag carpet and cartpath only meant you had to guess every yardage

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

did not know they were getting ready to over seed. greens are usually great, todat were bumpy and rough.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

fairways are in great condition. the greens were in rough shape.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course and conditions except the greens...

Great layout, holes, staff. Greens were a bit furry and slow, but we’ll be back...

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Pretty Good

The course was nice, however several holes were under construction so we had to play around some of that. If you’re a beginner who slices, beware. This course is a ball loser. Rocky, sandy, and brush filled desert surrounds almost every hole. If you’re not accurate with your drives it’s extremely easy to lose your ball.

We were hoping to get some drinks on the course but didn’t see a cart employee through ALL 18 holes. Kinda bummed about that. Was hoping to get water/brews but didn’t get the chance.

All in all I’d give this course a 7 out of 10. Would recommend.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

We have been playing the course twice a week for 3-4 years.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
First Time Playing

OB was as good as the fairways

First time at this course. I was expecting decent conditions considering the price. Yes, it is summer but putting was like rolling a bouncy ball down down asphalt, fairways were beat and dry (I know it’s summer) but when Apache creek is playing like a championship course (fairways, greens) for under half the price.... idc if it’s Scottsdale for that price you would think they could water the grass.

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