McDowell Mountain Golf Course, previously named Sanctuary Golf Course At Westworld, is a Public, 18 hole golf course located in Scottsdale, Arizona.
McDowell Mountain Golf Cours first opened for play in 1999. The course was designed by Randy Heckenkemper.
Phil Mickelson led a group of investors who took over Sanctuary in 2010 and renovated the golf course, which is set along historic Rio Verde Canal in Scottsdale. The team called back original architect Randy Heckenkemper, and under his eye the course was cleaned up, re-contoured and lengthened. The back tees now play more than 7,000 yards, while the removal of bunkers and addition of turf in strategic areas makes it more playable for higher handicappers. Native rock was cleaned up and turned into small little walls in the desert areas, and a variety of trees were also planted. The forward set of tees now plays a modest 4,880 yards.
The course is on land co-owned by the Federal Bureau of Reclamation and the City of Scottsdale and is almost entirely void of any neighboring residential development alongside playing corridors.
Black tees: par-71, 7,072 yards, 73.3 / 137
Gold tees: par-71, 6,407 yards, 70.2 / 131
White tees: par-71, 5,724 yards, 67.0 / 118(M), 71.6 / 129(W)
Red tees: par-71, 4,880 yards, 68.1 / 109
City Sued For Investing In Golf Course
July 15, 2013, excerpted from Golf Dispute Resolution w/ permission
A lawsuit was recently filed against the city of Scottsdale, in which citizens allege the government acted improperly in subsidizing the operator of McDowell Mountain Golf Club. An agreement entered into last year (2012) provides for the city to invest $2 million in clubhouse improvements, in exchange for a percentage of sales and the ultimate ownership of the improvements. As the city council described the agreement when it was submitted for approval:
In exchange for the use of $2 million in public funding, the City will receive the increased revenue from increasing the use fee from 2% to 3% of gross sales. Using recent performance, this increase equates to roughly $30,000 per year. The City will also receive 3% of any increase in food and beverage sales due to the construction of the project. Currently, we anticipate sales will increase $500,000 per year, which would equate to an additional $15,000 per year of increased revenue. In addition to the increase in revenue, the City will also own the improvements upon termination of the agreement. With 23 years remaining on the term, the depreciated value of the $2.3 million investment will be slightly less than half the original cost of the improvement.
What the city characterizes as a legitimate contractual investment, the lawsuit plaintiffs claim to be an unlawful subsidy, since "the city is not guaranteed in contract to recoup the initial investment."
$61 (cart included), played on Wednesday, December 2016 at 11:00 AM
We play it often!
$66 (cart included), played on Thursday, November 2010 at 8am
Play this course 1-2 times per week. Like the course layout because it is challenging, but short enough to reach many of the greens in regulation. Staff is very friendly and accomadating.
Guest (cart included), played on Thursday, April 2006 at noon
Great desert course. Really enjoyed playing here. Friendly staff.
$56 (cart included), played on Tuesday, March 2008 at noon
Very good - have played three times now and enjoy it very much.
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