Whether you are a resident of Arizona, live part time or just come to visit on occasion, Arizona is a prime location for golfing. Believe it or not, scattered along the dry and rugged Sonoran desert, you will find hundreds of golf courses. With sunshine 300 days a year, and temperatures in the mid 70’s and 80’s during the fall and winter, it’s obvious why the Phoenix metro area is a golfer’s paradise. However, not all golf courses are created equal. Although we would like to imagine ourselves playing on the best championship courses, many high-end facilities across the nation require expensive club membership fees. This unfortunately holds true for most of Arizona’s premier golf facilities. However, before you lower your golf standards and settle for a mediocre experience, the city of Scottsdale may have something to reinvigorate your golf libido.
McDowell Mountain Golf Club located in Scottsdale, sits among 4000 beautiful homes in McDowell Mountain Ranch. The golf course was formerly known as “Sanctuary golf course at Westworld”, but received a facelift in 2011 and became Scottsdale’s premier championship golf course open to the public. That’s right; a championship golf course open to the public.
If you are a fan of the PGA tour, then you may be familiar with one of the operation managers of this beautiful golf course. PGA champion golfer Phil Mickelson acquired the operating rights to McDowell Mountain Golf Club in spring of 2011. Phil Mickelson took a course that had little hope of becoming anything special and turned it into a course that is both challenging yet fun for golfers of all skill levels. To make sure the course incorporated holes for all skill levels, TPC Scottsdale Champions course architect, Randy Heckenkemper, was hired to oversee all course renovations and restructures. The total renovation would cost 1.2 million dollars, and would produce a golf course landscape with jaw dropping appeal.
Although no annual fees or club memberships are required to play McDowell Mountain Golf Club, our rates are always reasonable. Even during the peak months of winter in Arizona, the fee to play all 18 holes will generally be less than $100. That is less than $100 dollars to play a championship course in beautiful Scottsdale surrounded by the McDowell Mountains in perfect sunshine. For the golfer who wants everything, but falls short of the means to play on the premier golf courses of the county, McDowell Mountain Golf Club will certainly leave a lasting impression.