In October 2011, McDowell Mountain Golf Club re-opened after undergoing name and branding changes. In spring of 2011, Phil Mickelson and “Coach” Steve Loy acquired the operating rights to McDowell Mountain Golf Club and took on a significant golf course enhancement and renovation. Formally named “Sanctuary Golf Course at West World,” McDowell Mountain Golf Club now features a premier golfing experience for both pros and beginners. The course revisions, overseen by golf course architect Randy Heckenkemper, include widening the playing corridors, reshaping fairways, adding additional teeing areas, and strategic waste bunkers, and much more!
“We really wanted to make the golf course that was family friendly and fun to play,” stated Phil Mickelson. “By strategically adding grass in and cleaning up the desert areas, making the corridors much bigger, we feel like we made it a much more enjoyable experience. We now feel like this is a fun experience for everyone,” added Mickelson
Other specific enhancements include:
Over 460 additional yards added to the “Back Tees”
The nines were flipped to create a more dramatic finish to the round
A number of bunkers were filled-in to create a more playable experience for the average golfer
New signage and decorative features were added throughout the property including new tee markers, new hole monuments, several bronze animal sculptures, and the addition of an elegant new McDowell Mountain Rolex Clock!
The First Nine- The newly enhanced Arizona golf course starts off with a meandering front nine. Testing par-threes, strategic par-fours, and a fun-filled, risk/reward par-five ninth hole that serves up a dramatic dogleg left, split fairway. Then the uphill par-five is usually rewarded with a birdie opportunity.
The Back Nine- The second half of McDowell Mountain’s course starts off with a renovated straightforward par-four that builds up from there. The finishing stretch includes an “almost driveable” par-four 16th, a gut check par-three over water on the long 17th, and a beast of a finishing hole in the uphill par-four 18th. The 18th also features a new dramatic waste bunker that puts a premium on driving accuracy.
Beautiful course, seemed a little pricey, but you're getting a really nice course, some great views. Ton of fun and some difficult holes! Enjoy!