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McDowell Mountain Golf Club

McDowell Mountain Golf Club

10690 E Sheena Dr Scottsdale, AZ 85255 URL:   Course Website

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The NEW McDowell Mountain Golf Club is Now Open!

McDowell Mountain Golf Club (formerly the Sanctuary Golf Course) re-opened with a bang when PGA Tour great and former Arizona State Sun Devil, Phil Mickelson struck the first tee shot and took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony with Scottsdale Mayor Jim Lane in October. Mickelson, Honorable Mayor Lane, Steve “Coach” Loy and course architect Randy Heckenkemper were on hand to unveil the newly enhanced McDowell Mountain Golf Club.

Located in the heart of Scottsdale on natural desert landscape owned jointly by the Federal Bureau of Reclamation and the City of Scottsdale, McDowell Mountain Golf Club is certainly creating a buzz in the Scottsdale golf scene. In spring of 2011, Phil Mickelson and "Coach" Steve Loy acquired the operating rights to McDowell Mountain Golf Club, and this summer with Scottsdale-based OB Sports, took on a significant golf course enhancement and renovation that was designed to make the course more challenging for the better players, while at the same time making the course more forgiving, enjoyable and fun for beginning golfers, families and players of all abilities. Course revisions were overseen by golf course architect Randy Heckenkemper and included widening of the playing corridors, the reshaping of a number of fairways, several new teeing areas, additional strategic waste bunkers, and more! More than 20,000 cubic yards of reshaping was done throughout the course to improve playability, widen the playing corridors, and to create a more enjoyable overall experience. Other specific enhancements included over 460 yards were added to the “Back Tees,” the nines were flipped to create a more dramatic finish to the round, a number of bunkers were filled-in to create a more playable experience for the average golfer and new signage and decorative features were added throughout the property including new tee markers, new hole monuments, several bronze animal sculptures, and the addition of an elegant new McDowell Mountain Rolex Clock!

"We really wanted to make the golf course that was family friendly and fun to play,” stated Phil Mickelson. “By strategically adding grass in and cleaning up the desert areas, making the corridors much bigger, we feel like we made it a much more enjoyable experience. We now feel like this is a fun experience for everyone,” added Mickelson.

Built on the western slope of Scottsdale's McDowell Mountains and adjacent to the nationally recognized Westworld equestrian center this premier Scottsdale golf course, now stretches to a 7,072-yards, and delivers a stunning Scottsdale golf experiences that will keep you coming back for more. Make sure your next Scottsdale golf vacation includes the NEW McDowell Mountain Golf Club!

The newly enhanced course starts off with a meandering front nine the features testing par threes, strategic four pars and a fun filled risk/reward par five ninth hole that the serves up a dramatic dogleg left, split fairway, up-hill par 5 is usually rewarded with a birdie opportunity. The back nine at McDowell Mountain starts off with a renovated straight forward par four and just builds up from there. The finishing strech includes a "almost driveable" par four 16th, a gut check par three over water on the long 17th and a beast of a finishing hole in the up hill par four 18th that features a new dramatic waste bunker that puts a premium on driving accuracy.

McDowell Mountain will also be an even better place to learn the game or improve your swing. World-class instruction will be offered with the Rick Smith Golf Academy and the practice facility was expanded significantly with new practice putting and chipping greens, a larger teeing ground and distinctive target features in the landing area.

After golf, you can take in the stunning views from the restaurant at McDowell Mountain Golf Club and enjoy a post round serving of appetizers and libations. Open daily for breakfast, lunch McDowell Mountain offers a unique dining venue that is set in the heart of the native Sonoran Desert. Area residents and visitors alike often speak to the highlight of dining al fresco on the spacious patio while watching in amazement as the sun makes its majestic descent beyond Camelback Mountain. It is no wonder why McDowell Mountain Golf Club is also a truly amazing venue for weddings, parties and special events. McDowell Mountain's restaurant, event lawn and outdoor pavilion offers you a picture perfect setting for a Scottsdale wedding, receptions, birthday celebration or entertaining business events.

The entire experience at the newly renovated McDowell Mountain Golf Club is truly a scenic, stunning and refreshing Scottsdale golf experience. When you stand on the 18th tee box or on the green, the vistas are spectacular in all directions because you will be 600 feet above the valley floor. You will see Pinnacle Peak and the McDowell Mountain Preserve to the north and Camelback, Squaw Peak, and Mummy Mountains to the south, surrounded by the Valley of the Sun. If you get the opportunity to watch the sunset from the 18th hole or on the clubhouse patio, you will be in for a real treat.

Make sure your next Scottsdale golf vacation includes the NEW McDowell Mountain Golf Club!

Course Information for McDowell Mountain Golf Club

Facility Information:
General: 18 hole regulation length course
1 golf course(s)
Managed by OB Sports Golf Management LLC

McDowell Mountain Golf Club Information:
General: 18 hole regulation length course
Daily Fee golf course
Designed by Randy Heckenkemper
71 par, 7,072 yards
73.3 rating, 137 slope
Just Golf facility

Staff: Contact: Chris Johnson, General Manager

Putting Green
Chipping Area
Practice Bunker
Food & Beverage Available
Rental Clubs
Lessons Available
Driving Range
Banquet Facilities

Walking Allowed
Softspike Facility
PGA Facility

Front Nine
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out
Black 429 366 225 575 402 394 432 191 542 3556
Handicap 10 18 16 6 8 14 2 12 4  
Par 4 4 3 5 4 4 4 3 5 36
Back Nine
Hole 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In
Black 440 448 380 532 161 474 339 234 508 3516
Handicap 11 1 13 5 17 9 15 7 3  
Par 4 4 4 5 3 4 4 3 4 35

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Scottsdale summer golf I played McDowell Mountain around 1130. The course was basically deserted with only a few singles and a couple of twosomes out. Rate was $26 off GN while the course website was advertising $40. The driving range has a large movable cover and it was full with young kids getting lessons. The "grass" outside of the cover was thin but I was still able to hit all the shots I wanted. The greens had been aerated fairly recently and still showed. They didn't putt horribly but weren't completely smooth. The bumps and sand affected a few putts. Tee boxes were ok with a few not level and/or bumpy. The markers were placed poorly because the course does have large tee boxes. Some of the elevated tee boxes were hard to get a tee in. The fairways were in awesome shape save for the first tee. The landing area was soggy wet and my tee shot basically plugged and got zero roll. Bad golfing luck but didn't make a good start to the round. Some of the areas around the greens were also soggy wet but overall the course was in excellent condition. The course is challenging but fair. Tee shots way off line will find desert but the course isn't overly penal. The greenskeeper must have been in a bad mood because many of the pin positions were in difficult spots. I also like how the course gives multiple tee options. Many times the tips are too long but with MM they provide a combo tee using part of the tips and some of the next tee up. The staff at MM seem to keep the course up in the summertime after playing it a couple of times last summer and this summer. Crews were working on a large number of bunkers and areas around the greens while I was playing. I thought a couple of the guys had a death wish and didn't want to move as I was waiting to hit. The course seems to be mostly empty during the week and is a good place to get a round in at a good pace. June 16, 2015
Good Afternoon Very nice course. Fairways in great shape. Greens recently aerated but growing back in with reasonable putting. Longish par 3s for my game (200+ from white tees). June 12, 2015
nice for ladies This is one of my wife's favorite courses because the forward tee's are more realistic than most. Lots of elevation changes to add a little more challenge. Good breakfast. Range balls are a bit pricy. May 30, 2015
Terrrible Pace of play was beyond slow and power lines everywhere. Not worth the money at all. May 24, 2015
First timers Course in good shape, but there were a lot of mosquitos! May 14, 2015
mcdowell mountain beautiful and senic course. very ell maintained challanging but not to hard for a fairly new gilfer May 10, 2015
Greens need work I was surprised how brown the greens were. Greens still run fast, which is great, but quite a few ball marks not repaired. May 5, 2015
Nice facility, average people The course and the practice area were very nice but the overall impression was tainted by a rude marshal. On the first tee we were told that we were late and need to hurry up and hit. (The staff did not come and get us off the range they told us they would.) 2 of our 3 players hit poor tee shots off the first and again we were told by the marshal that we had better get going in order to keep up or we would be moved into position. We played the round in 3:37 and then the marshal told us how great we did. Too bad he was a jerk May 4, 2015
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