McDowell Mountain Golf Club
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