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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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Challenging but fun! I really love playing this course, especially when we were the only 4-some out there. Midadfternoon in Scottsdale is HOT! The course has challenging holes for everyone but enough attainable holes to let you feel accomplished. Will definitely play again! Beautiful facilities. July 8, 2014
Enjoyable day I like the changes made to McDowell Mountain/Sanctuary. Better view lines, still good challenge. Ranger was busy keeping pace. Only negative was greens are rough and excuse concerning time of year fails when other courses greens are better. July 5, 2014
excellent course conditions Unlike a lot of other AZ golf courses in July, this course was in great condition. The greens rolled true and, the fairways were in excellent shape. It is well-worth the money for any golfer to play this somewhat challenging course. July 5, 2014
Some elevation changes Good layout, no tricky holes, and liked the changes in elevation. Greens were in good condition, and putts held the line. July 5, 2014
better than expected great condition and layout. Challenge all aspects of your game. July 5, 2014
Great course Neat course to play, Michelson made us think. I would play again in a heart beat July 1, 2014
A Fun Challenge Payed $25 to play in the afternoon. Fantastic practice facility along with an immaculate clubhouse. As a 2 handicap played from the tips. Unfortunately played while the greens were still healing from a fairly recent arifacation, but was still a fun experience. It was hot so I found it very accommodating how they had water stations on every hole. A fairly decent amount of slope on the fairways and if you miss the fairway the slopes feed the ball into to desert areas. Well bunkered course with huge greens. A great mix of challenging holes along with holes which give you plenty of options, overall a very unique and fun layout. June 23, 2014
poor condition for even this time of year i was excited to play this desert golf course for the first time. I moved from Chicago area less than a week ago and played at camelback course on Saturday. was happy to get out even though the temp was hitting 100. was surprised the weather was almost a non-factor as it is dry. so eager to play the course Phil Mickelson teed off first on, I booked as a single and got paired up with 2 guys from the area. I knew the greens were aerated 2 weeks ago and generally 2 weeks is good enough to have the condition back to almost normal condition. when I got to the course the practice green were really bad. I was hoping the course greens were in better condition. really surprised there was no GPS on the carts!! very hard to find yard markers on the course, didn't know the distance to hit. got to first green-- terrible condition !!! aerated holes were not only very visible, there weren't much grass on top of it....the whole course was lacking grass---fairways and greens !! to top that off, there is a giant power line going thru the whole course as it looks like divides the course in two.....power lines did not come into play but was a eye sore. I did love the layout of the course as it was my first "desert golf" as only seen on TV. with the reputation they have at this course, they need to do a better job even for summer golfers. much disappointed after reading the reviews last thig----no cart girl----. June 17, 2014
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