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Braving the Heat: Why Summer Golf in Arizona is Unbeatable

Here in the Phoenix area, the weather in February, March, & April is just about perfect. During these months, Arizona golf is at its best – temperatures are consistently in the 70’s and most days are clear, cloudless, and full of sunshine. Unfortunately, these perfect golf days don’t last forever and starting in May and continuing through September, the perfect weather gives way to the intense heat of the desert summer. While not the ideal golf environment for all, the summer golf season can offer unbeatable opportunities for golfers who are willing to brave the heat and get out on the course.

Lower Rates

While the Arizona summer brings the heat, it also brings lower rates to play some of the area’s top courses. Summer golfers often find themselves enjoying rates that are 60-70% off of in-season rates to play the same golf courses.  These reduced rates allow golfers to play courses that might otherwise be out of their budget.  The summer also provides golfers the opportunity to play on lot more golf on their budget as plunging rates allow for more golf for less. No matter what your goal, the summer offers some of the best golf rates in Arizona. View our low summer rates at McDowell Mountain.

More Available Tee Times

The Summer golf season also means less crowds out on the course. As winter visitors escape back to their summer homes and many golfers pack their clubs away during the summer months, most Arizona golf courses are wide open for play.  With more tee times available, including some of the most desirable times, summer golfers can more easily play when it works with their schedule.  Grab an early morning tee time and beat the beat or play 9 holes in the afternoon as the sun drops below the horizon – either way, there’s most likely an available tee time waiting for you.  View our tee sheet now to view available tee times.

Summer Specials

On top of lower rates and more availability, the summer golf season also brings some incredible golf deals. At our Phil Mickelson Golf Properties’ clubs, our Summer Passes give golfers the chance to play our public clubs at preferred cardholder rates all summer long. Summer pass cardholders also earn rewards points with each round played that can be redeemed for free golf and can play at reduced rates at other participating golf clubs throughout Arizona – all for only $49.  Learn more about our Summer Pass here.

With the Arizona summer upon us, grab your clubs and sunscreen and prepare to beat the heat and the high rates. Make this summer “your summer” with unbeatable prices and more golf than you can handle. Purchase a 2019 Summer Pass to get the most out of the season and check our online tee sheet often to find the best times to get out and play. This once a year opportunity will allow you to work on your game, save some money, and get your summer in swing.

Jumping Phil: Our Favorite Masters Moment

This week marks the beginning of the Masters in Augusta, Georgia. The Masters, known for its vibrant yellow and green, has a rich history dating back to 1934, and has been home to some of golf’s greatest moments.  One of these great moments occurred at the 2004 Masters when Phil Mickelson made a birdie putt on the final hole to win the 68th Masters and seal his first Major tournament victory.

Perhaps most memorable in this Master’s moment was Phil’s celebration as his ball found the bottom of the cup – a triumphant, spread-eagle jump with his hands held high in the air. This second within this magical moment has been immortalized as Phil’s personal brand and the silhouette of Phil’s 2004 Masters jump can now be seen used by many of Phil’s current business ventures.
For Mickelson, his win at the 2004 Masters represented a breakthrough. To that point in his career, Phil had 17 top-10 finishes in the majors and was widely considered the best player to not have won a major championship.  At the 1999 U.S. Open, Mickelson lost on the final hole in heartbreaking fashion as Payne Stewart sunk his 18ft putt to win the tournament. Between 1999 and 2003, Phil had finished second or third in majors a total of 6 times.  As his final putt at the 2004 Masters caught the lip, circled around, and went in, years of hard-work and heartbreak washed away.  Phil was, at that moment, now a majors champion and a winner of the most storied of all majors, The Masters.
As a Phil Mickelson Golf Property, we proudly wear the “Jumping Phil”.  Seen around our facility and on apparel available for purchase in our golf shop, the silhouette of Phil’s jump reminds of this historic moment in golf and begs us to play the game with a similar excitement.  As we witness the Masters this week, we watch in anticipation of yet-another Masters moment – especially one that involves a certain left-handed, 3-time Masters champion.

Spring Training Golf at McDowell Mountain

When temperatures hit record lows and winter is in full force in the majority of the country, it’s a great time for those in colder climates to escape to Arizona. The desert has a lot of appeal this time of year; temperatures in the 70’s, clear skies, sunshine that never ends….and fantastic winter golf conditions! But there is no better time to visit Arizona than mid-February through March as the Valley of the Sun welcomes Cactus League Spring Training!
The greater Phoenix area welcomes 15 major league baseball teams for for Cactus League play each Spring. While pre-season baseball is an appealing feature for the surrounding residents, the Cactus League draws quite the crowd of out-of-towners escaping the cold to catch their favorite baseball team in Spring Training action.
If you happen to be a fan of the Arizona Diamondbacks or Colorado Rockies and plan to catch some Cactus League games this spring, you’re in luck! These teams stadiums have close and easy access to McDowell Mountain Golf Club – a premier public golf course in Scottsdale. Located off the 101 freeway in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains, McDowell Mountain Golf Club is a “must-play” destination for all Cactus League fans.

With most Cactus League games starting around 1:00pm, there is plenty of time to get in a round of morning golf before catching a game at the ballpark. With 18-holes of Championship golf in a beautiful desert setting, McDowell Mountain offers a premier golf experience for golfers of all skill levels. After your round at MMGC, relax on the patio of the Mesquite Grille and enjoy lunch or a few drinks with friends.
In 2011, McDowell Mountain Golf Club, under the ownership and direction of Phil Mickelson and his business manager, “Coach” Steve Loy completed a significant golf course enhancement and renovation. 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.
We invite you to join us at McDowell Mountain Club as you travel to the Phoenix-area this Spring. To ensure you’re able to get your round in at McDowell Mountain before a Spring Training game, we recommend booking your tee times as soon as possible. Tee times at McDowell Mountain can be booked online on our website up to 60 days in advance or by calling our Golf Shop at (480) 502-8200. So, on your trip to Phoenix for Cactus League games this Spring, take full advantage of the beautiful Arizona winter weather and add a round or two of golf at McDowell Mountain into your itinerary. You’ll be glad you did!

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McDowell Mountain Golf Club, is a public, daily-fee golf club in Scottsdale, Arizona.  Featuring 18 holes of Championship Golf, expansive practice facilities, fully-stocked golf shop, casual bar and grill, & beautiful event facilities, McDowell Mountain Golf Club is a must-play destination in North Scottsdale.  McDowell Mountain Golf Club is owned and managed by Phil Mickelson Golf Properties – a collection of premier golf facilities in Arizona.

MMGC Named as a Most Improved Course by Golf Inc. Magazine

In it’s September/October issue, Golf Inc. magazine has named McDowell Mountain Golf Club as one it’s most improved golf courses for 2017.  Earning 3rd place in the Public Courses category, McDowell Mountain was lauded for it’s course improvements and clubhouse renovation which guests of MMGC have been enjoying for the past few years.

The full article can be found here.

It’s time for Overseeding, but Wait What is Overseeding?


Some of you may ask, what is overseeding and why do we overseed our golf course? Overseeding is to seed an existing stand with another type of plant. In this case our Bermuda grass golf course will be overseeded with Rye grass. Why? The reasons golf courses overseed their grass is to transition the course through different seasons and climate temperatures throughout the year so that the grass stays in great playing condition year around.

Bermuda grass thrives in weather warmer than eighty degrees or more at night as where Rye grass is meant for cooler weather. Our goal is to make sure our golf course is in the best shape for you and ready to play year around. This way you and your friends or family have the best playing experience possible. Hopefully you and your guests can appreciate the beautiful landscape of our course and the amazing views of the McDowell Mountains.

For 2018, our course & practice facility will be closed from Monday, October 1st through Tuesday, October 16th.  Our course will reopen for play starting on Wednesday, October 17th. We look forward to seeing you on our freshly overseeded emerald green course when we re-open for play!

In the mean-time our restaurant, the Mesquite Grille will be open at 3:00 p.m. (Monday – Thursday) for happy hour and dinner, and (Friday – Sunday) from 11:00 a.m. for you to enjoy your favorite sporting events and adult beverages.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at 480.502.8200.

Join Us For A Labor Day BBQ

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Summer is wrapping up, school is back in session, and Labor Day is right around the corner. With all the chaos, it can be hard to find time to unwind and just enjoy the changing of the seasons. That’s why Mesquite Grille at McDowell Mountain Golf Club would like to invite you to an end of summer celebration. Join us at the grille on Labor Day weekend for a BBQ party to remember!

The BBQ will take place on Sunday, September 4, 2016 from 5-9 p.m at the Mesquite Grille. We are located at 10690 E. Sheena Drive, Scottsdale, Arizona 85255. Menu items will include a smoked BBQ half chicken, garlic parmesan fries and cole slaw for just $19 per person. This will also be the last Sunday to take advantage of all day happy hour so it is definitely an event you don’t want to miss!

Not only will we have delicious food, but there will also be something to do for everyone! From food, music, and games you’re sure to end the summer in style.

Discover Our Summer Golf Deals Going On Now

Golf Rates

Don’t miss our amazing golf specials going on now! From golf memberships to kids clubs, there is something for everyone. At McDowell Mountain Golf Club, it is our goal to enhance the game you love while providing an affordable price you won’t find anywhere else.

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How to prevent a SLICE

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A slice can be very frustrating in a game of golf. One tip to fix this is to straighten out the club. When you hit the ball with an open clubface a slice will occur. To prevent this make sure your grip is correct. Hold your club with an interlocking grip then look to see where your thumbs are pointing. They should be pointing down in a straight line towards the club head. If you line your thumbs up and your stance this will improve your swing.

Game Changing Golf Tips

Be The (Middle) ball

Here’s a drill that will help you get better at making contact in the center of the clubface

By Boyd Summerhays, PGA, Photos By Ryan Nollgolf swing tips

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