When the investment group led by Hall of Fame golfer Phil Mickelson bought McDowell Mountain Golf Club and immediately renovated it, the goal was as clear as it was simple.
“I want to see the game of golf grow,” Mickelson said at the October 2011 grand opening. “I want to see kids get involved and spend some time on a golf course. I want to make it more playable, enjoyable and visually stimulating, and to give families an affordable place to play golf.”
Fast forward five years, and McDowell Mountain has not only achieved those goals, but has surpassed them. Mickelson and co-owner Steve Loy have consistently pushed the “playability factor” of what they felt the Scottsdale layout was missing as The Sanctuary Golf Club. Players have responded to the increase in turf acreage, the removal of bunkers and even adding a portable shade canopy to the practice range. This year alone, players have called the course “so much better than a few years ago.” “Great upgrade in overall playing condition” and it “is always in good shape. The restaurant is a destination for my family and I every time I’m in Scottsdale.”
“We have just over 4,000 homes in the immediate neighborhood of McDowell Mountain, and the local response to the golf course has been fantastic,” says Loy, Mickelson’s golf coach at ASU. “But it’s the positive feedback from our out-of-town players that has really let us know what we have done here is working.”
Stretching to 7,072 yards from the back tees, the Randy Heckenkemper-designed track will give players of all abilities a great test. And pass or fail, the Mesquite Grille features an eclectic menu of delicious offerings, as well as a daily happy hour that has become a local destination.
To book your next tee time at McDowell Mountain Golf Club, visit mcdowellmountaingc.com or call 480.502.8200.