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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 5 278 278
Cart Path Ony Too hilly to play when cart path only rules in effect. More frustrating in that those rules were not advertised to be in effect when we played. November 9, 2014
A nice course, but not a must play this is a nice course, good layout, some interesting holes and relatively playable for most golfers, with lots of tee choices. So, its a four star place, particularly if you can get a reasonable rate (e.g. uner $80). BUT, despite the marketing material, it does not have great views from most holes - to the contrary, the fairways are generally built below very tall berms on either side, so any chance of seeing the mountains or desert are blocked by those side berms. The holes are well manicured and maintained, but given the number of courses with wide open views, this one suffers by comparison. Worst of all, the pace of play was terrible on the day we played - even though we were told when we got there at 11:30 for a noon tee time that the course was empty and we could go when we wanted. As a twosome, it took 3 hr. 45 minutes to play (even with cartpath only that's a very slow round for two), even playing through a relatively slow foursome walking the course. Worst of all, we never saw a marshall trying to speed things along - NOT ONCE. In short, if you can get a really good rate and you're looking for a nice course - but nothing spectacular, as so many courses in the area are -- it is worth the trip. But it is not a "must play" venue. November 8, 2014
Challenging but Fair We had a great time and played in 4 hours. The only issue was we had to stay on the cart path due to recent overseeding. The course has a variety of hole layouts and multiple tee combinations to meet the needs of most golfers. The green speed was also slower due to the overseeding but I would definitely return to play it at a different time. October 29, 2014
Always an enjoyable round Friendly staff and course just coming out of overseeding, so cart path only. However it's to be expected this time of year. Can't wait to go back! October 29, 2014
great forgiving course, wide landing areas Only negative was recent reopening which made greens brutally slow. Putts even zig sagged lol. In a week or two probably be great shape. cart girl Terri was a highlight! Friendly and fun. October 28, 2014
Redesign helped the clubhouse, not the course Just overseeded, cart path only. Still an interesting layout. The redesign added new back tees for more yardage, and seems to have turned a lot of desert into grass, and cleared out the cactus and brittlebush from the remaining desert, so finding a wayward shot is easier, and many fewer forced carries. And some bunkers seem to be missing? Much expanded practice areas. If you play from the same tees you always did, it's an easier course, more wide open. And they reversed the nines, which I don't like. The old 17 and 18 (8 and 9 now) were great finishing holes, the new 18th not so much. The remodeled restaurant is pretty, bigger TVs. Good job there. I liked the course better before, more character, lower greens fees. October 27, 2014
Very nice layout. People were very accommodating. Pace of play very good. Greens were slow but we were warned ahead of time. The course was fun to play. October 25, 2014
Not as advertised Will never play this course again. We searched GolfNow for a course that did not have cart path only and found McDowell Mountain. We booked an early tee time at 7:36am so we could beat the heat and were excited when my friend visiting from Scotland and I were able to get out as a pair early. We were highly disappointed when Tito the marshall informed us that the course was cart path only on the first tee. We said it was NOT advertised that way on Golfnow and his reply was we could go back to the clubhouse and get a full money refund. We would not have chosen that course or any course that had cart path only but since we had gotten up at 6am to play we felt like we had no other option but to play. It was not a good experience. Not only was it cart path only but the greens were extremely slow to the point you couldn't possibly judge line or distance. I don't think they had been mowed in days, it was that bad. Very disappointed that GolfNow did not have McDowell Mountain listed as cart path only on the website and will never play this course again. October 24, 2014
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