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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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McDowell Mountain Golf Club 4 5 297 297
Nice layout. Great desert layout and fun course with challenging greens. We were here from Wisconsin in the winter with a foursome all about 12 handicaps. We moved along well but thought the rangers were annoying driving past one about every other hole. We played in 4 hours and 15 minutes and didn't think we needed comments from the ranger. January 23, 2015
Mixed reviews on a good day course was fine, but disappointed in the greens. Too many ball marks and approach shots continually bounced and rolled over greens. Pace of play was very good. They do allow workers. Ranger telling us to keep up with the group in front of us when we were on the 17th tee and waiting on every hole was not good. We played in 4 hours. January 22, 2015
Nice course, lot's of fun A very nice golfing experience. Teed off a little before 2PM as a 2-some and had no problem getting around for 18 holes and only waited of the group in front on the last 3 holes. Would definitely go back and give it another try for the right price. January 19, 2015
Great track This is a great desert course. With multiple tee boxes and combinations of tees ranging from 4800 - 7072 yards. Up tees have only limited carrys and back tees provide for a sturdy test with plenty of fairway bunkering. Only negative is that the greens have a lot of pitch marks because they are soft. They look worse than they are and roll nicely. There are power lines that run through the course but they do not effect play at all as some review would lead you to believe. Staff was very friendly and there was a marshal to move things along. We played in 4 hours and 10 minutes and held pace all the way around. Great value for the money. January 11, 2015
Good Day Course was in good shape. Some frost damage from cold snap last week. Fair layout. Traps are pretty deep, so much so they have long rakes. Liked the combo tees, so there are 6 possible ratings to choose from. Nice for women, not a lot of forced carries. Marshall was very helpful. Water main break closed restaurant and bathrooms, kind of a problem. Absolutely will play again. January 9, 2015
where is that marshal? The course makes a big deal about its fast-play policy but it simply is not enforced. My group encountered slow play all day and several times saw three groups on the one hole. A mashal did say hello on the first tee and was never seen again. We made it round in about 4.5 hours - it felt like 9. The course itself has some good golf holes - although they do themselves no favours by setting pins in silly places - several on tops of ridges....and this does nothing to help speed up play. January 7, 2015
Not marked well. Course was not marked well and no GPS in the cart. Was told by staff that most players bring there own range finder. You can play similar caliber courses for lower price. December 29, 2014
Good layout Overall good course. Greens were fairly rough with lots of pitch marks December 29, 2014
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