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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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It was OK We play all over the valley, was our first time here though. Staff was great, got us off 15 minutes early without us even asking. Marshall and cart girl we saw twice per nine which was nice since it was hot that day. The course itself? Eh, greens were challenging and fun, fairway conditions were acceptable, the course itself though, I guess I just expected a bit more. Views of the valley and mountains were so-so, fairways were challenging, and fair, but just nothing too exciting. I'd play again if the rates were lower, otherwise I think there's better deals to be had. April 10, 2014
Favorite Course in this area !!!!! Loved this Desert Course !!! Phil's Guys did a super Job here !!! Will come back just to play this course, Hands down my Favorite Course !! Really Enjoyed my 4 partners that I was Paired with and this course. Each Hole was a Pleasant Surprise ! Without I doubt I would have played this course ? Saved lots of $$$ on the. Greens Fee. April 5, 2014
Great for all levels of golfers Great improvements from when it was the Sanctuary! April 3, 2014
nice venue First timer. Course is in the wash,somewhat protected from the winds we had. Course was in good shape, greens were starting to green up and grow. It is not the toughest test in town, works for all levels and still is fun for the better golfer. Food was good, nice setting. I still have a problem having to pay for range balls at a course in this price range. Would return. April 3, 2014
nicer condition and harder than I remember I recall playing Santuary golf course several times in the past. The course is now owned by a group including Phil Mickelson, renamed McDowell Mountain, and is much improved. Course condition was very good. The greens featured much undulation and were smooth and fairly fast. Fairways and rough were in good to excellent shape. I am not sure if they re-did the greens or not but they seemed much more difficult than I remember. March 28, 2014
Great place Very good experience. Target golf and lots of sand but overall fair. Course is in excellent condition and customer service was very good. March 23, 2014
Top tier golf course! Awesome! McDowell Mountain rivals some of the more high profile valley courses. Very challenging layout but fair. Due to the lack of rain, the greens are pretty firm but that's the story for most courses in the valley. That said, they rolled very true with a few deceptive breaks which makes it fun. The tee's and fairways were in fantastic shape! We stopped in the bar for a drink after the round and the atmosphere was fun and the staff was very attentive and friendly. Can't wait to play this gem again! March 22, 2014
Used to be The Sanctuary This course used to be The Sanctuary and was recently purchased by Phil Mickelson and partners. They did add a lot of turf and reduced a lot of the wash areas. These improvements have made the course more playable. We were visiting from Kansas City and noticed that there were a lot of retirees and locals that were playing. The course was packed on a Thursday. We played in just under 5 hours. March 21, 2014
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