McDowell Mountain Golf Club
The wonderful McDowell Mountain Golf Club is owned by World Famous professional golfer and 32x PGA title winner, Phil Mickelson, and his agent, Steve “Coach” Loy, and is one of the most talked about facilities in the City of Scottsdale.
Built on the western slope of Scottsdale’s McDowell Mountains, the golf course offers an extraordinary experience for golfers of all abilities. As Phil explained, “We wanted to create an experience that delivered an enjoyable round of golf for all players regardless of their abilities. We tried to create demanding shots for the better players while, at the same time, offering the average player a broader variety of shot options.”
After Phil and his team purchased the facility in 2011, architect, Randy Heckenkemper oversaw a complete redesign and renovation the course. His changes included the widening of many of the playing corridors, adding waste bunkers, reshaping a number of fairways and adding additional tee boxes. Aesthetically, the course was enhanced with beautiful stone boundary walls and stonework around the lakes, black crushed granite entrances to tee boxes and many other details that added to the experience. At Coach Loy’s suggestion, a virtual herd of bronze deer statuary was sprinkled throughout the course as a way of extending and blending into the MMR community design motif.
The course, as currently configured, is 7,072 yards, par is 71 and slope ranges from 137 from the back tees to 109 from the front tees. There is a fabulous driving range complete with shade cover, a new short game training area; and MMGC is home to a world-class “Learning Center” where former PGA tour professional, Boyd Summerhays, works magic with golfers of all ages, all abilities.
MMGC is, however, not just about golf; and, in 2012, the club house also underwent an extensive renovation to bring it up to par (pun intended) with the standard created by the course itself. Golfers and non-golfers alike can now enjoy the extraordinary experience of watching the sun descend behind Camelback Mountain as they enjoy appetizers, libations and more from The Mesquite Grill’s spectacular restaurant and patio.
The indoor/outdoor banquet facility is also an ideal spot for weddings, graduations, bat/bar mitzvahs, business meetings and any group event or celebration. MMGC’s event planner is standing by to help make any occasion special and stress free!