5402 E Lincoln Dr, Scottsdale, Arizona 85253, US
(480) 948-1700
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About JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

Historic JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn dates back to 1936 and is set on 125 acres at the base of Camelback Mountain. This 425-room and suite property in a pueblo-style features a spa, tennis courts, heated outdoor pools, garden terraces and desert hiking trails. Camelback Golf Club features two 18-hole courses, the Padre (designed by Arthur Hills) and Ambiente (by Dana Fry and Jason Straka). In addition to these championship courses, there is also a small pitch 'n putt golf course onsite. Dining is highlighted by Lincoln Steakhouse & Bar, while Rita's Cantina & Bar is more casual with a southwest flair. Spa and poolside dining is also available. The golf club has American cuisine at Acacia. Spacious guest rooms feature outdoor living spaces and kitchenettes. Onsite car rental is available as well as 127,500 square feet of meeting space is available for large groups.

Facts

Price Range$$$, $$$$
Property Class★★★★★
Acres125
Year Opened1936
Number of Units300-500

Amenities

RestaurantsBar, Fine, Casual
Room TypesRoom, Suite
PoolAdults Only
Short CourseYes
TennisYes
Fitness CenterYes
Practice FacilityYes
Golf School/AcademyYes
Banquet SpaceYes
SpaYes

Services

Kids ProgramYes
Room ServiceYes
ConciergeYes

Rules

Is the resort pet friendly?Yes
Is resort stay required for a tee time?No

Golf courses at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

Reviews

4.4
1972 Reviews (1972)

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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great day on the links

I had guests from Alaska and Ohio and treated them to a day of golf at Camelback. We had a wonderful day of golf. The staff was exceptional. We felt very welcomed and loved the course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Fairways poor

Greens are in mostly decent condition but the fairways and rough are in very poor condition. Like about 50% grass coverage and the rest is either dirt or very thin grass coverage.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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 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 Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 65
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played

Then and now

Ambiente has always been a favorite of mine so was somewhat disappointed in the current conditions. Greens were nowhere close to good. Several had large dead spots on them and most had random patches of poa. All in all not what you’d expect from a premium priced course. That said still had a great time and always love the feel, vibe and layout of Ambiente.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 9
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun course

Course conditions weren’t great but had an awesome time playing this course. It’s a really fun course to play. Would play here again for sure.

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

Padre

Overall recommendation is good and worth the money.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Very poor course conditions for the money!

More than half the greens were dead and basically painted and fairways were thin and poor. Apparently overseeing went badly, but not worth the price.

Conditions Poor
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

On course amenities

Bev cart closed by 3:30 and the snack shack was also closed early.

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

Great Course

For the most part the course was in very shape but a few of the fairways were in spotty shape. The layout and atmosphere made up for this.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 3
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
1.0
First Time Playing

Buzz kill!

This is a course I always wanted to play… very disappointed when I got there range was closed couldn’t warm up course conditions were very poor nothing has been maintained has a great layout, but patchy grass everywhere. Greens were in horrible shape, fairways missing, decent grass having to move ball to hit off grass in the middle of the fairway. Very expensive and you feel like you’re playing rundown municipal course… there’s plenty of beautiful courses in the area for less money.. I feel like it’s running off its old reputation.

Conditions Poor
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 17
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Love this track!

This a great layout! 10 holes out and 8 holes back the other way like a links course. Yeah there are some knocks about the quality of the grass in the fairways and poa on the greens. Most of the fairways are really good…if you are in a bad spot in a fairway, improve your lie. Poa on the greens is mainly around the edges of the greens so not a problem as the greens run true and there aren’t any difficult contours or slopes. It is a track a good player can score on and not too difficult for an average player.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Beautiful Course

Loved playing the Padre course. Great layout with various types of holes throughout. There is plenty of water for a AZ course but it is a very player friendly layout. The course conditions were fantastic, greens were firm and true. There was a tournament here the two days we played and you wouldn't know it by pace of play or the course. The Padre was very impressive. Lunch at the clubhouse was good too.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 11
Handicap 25+
Skill Beginner
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
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 Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Overpirced for the experience

I understand that it is the busy season in Scottsdale but we paid the twilight rate of $180 for a 1:12 tee time. Normal price was $280.

While course itself was in nice condition the layout was nothing spectacular. It is located off of the JW Marriot property but was actually an older country club marketed as their courses.

The major complaint was the pace of play. We had GPS monitors on our carts that were constantly popping up messages that we were behind schedule and a marshal would be out yet we never saw one as we waited between 5-10 minutes on every tee box for the group in front of us. We are all around 10 handicaps and understand there are varying levels of ability, but there is also an consideration factor for other golfers on the course. Our issue was that the course appeared to be very well managed with staff yet did nothing to ensure the pace of the group in front of us which led to a 5 1/2 hour round. It was unfortunate that we were out there for two days and this was one of the courses we played.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Poor
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
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
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
2.0
Previously Played

Disappointing condition

Worn out/damaged/thin areas on most fairways. Had to move the ball and play preferred lies. The greens had significant clumps of poe annua grass which affected putting, especially by mid day. Great layout tho, but really unfortunate. Had played this course once before. Was really disappointed with the condition of what is supposed to be a premier course. Until this course has maintenance and condition issues fixed, will not play again.

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