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“Worth the wait?” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Dobson Ranch Golf Course

Dobson Ranch Golf Course
2155 South Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ 85202
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Ranked #10 of 19 Outdoor Activities in Mesa
Activities: Golfing
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Owner description: Designed by Red Lawrence, this 18-hole Bermuda Grass course plays 6,593 yards from the back tees to 5,598 yards from the front at par 72.
salt lake city
15 reviews 15 reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Worth the wait?”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Dobson Ranch is a public golf course and the primary attraction is the relatively moderate green fees. Unfortunately, trying to book a tee time is literally impossible even though they accept tee times fourteen days in advance. They push groups out every seven minutes and you can count on a very slow game - three hours per nine holes. I have played during the week and the slow play is agonizing, especially with an afternoon tee time (usually the only times available). You will be lucky to finish eighteen before dark! Things will moderate soon when the snowbirds go back to Minnesota, Canada and other cold geographies, but in the meantime, playing golf is not a pleasant experience.

Visited April 2014
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West Kelowna, Canada
16 reviews 16 reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Bragging about my favorite golf club.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2014

Dobson Ranch Golf Course is a wonderful golf course often taken too lightly..Concentrate or you will rack up some extra strokes just like that.Putting skills are for sure a very important issue here.the greens are challenging.Very well kept and most of the year in a very good condition.The bar and restaurant offer decent food and happy hour prices for your after game drinks.Altogether with the staff in the proshop a very professional golf club.

Visited January 2014
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Victoria, Canada
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47 reviews 47 reviews
8 attraction reviews
Reviews in 29 cities Reviews in 29 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

This course was recommended to us by a Phoenix resident and we were not disappointed. It was our first time playing this municipal course so I have a few comments. Our tee time was 7:41 am and we were surprised by the chill but we were in a cart. In retrospect we should have walked the course because it made for a nice walk. Skip the cart in future. The fairways were well maintained and we found the greens true. We played The Legacy the day before and putting there was like playing on a billiard table. The washrooms at Dobson were clean and the pace of play was around four hours as I recall. The staff were all friendly and helpful and I would play there again

Visited February 2014
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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111 reviews 111 reviews
22 attraction reviews
Reviews in 43 cities Reviews in 43 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Good value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We played here in January 2014 at 11:30 for $35 ($45 with cart). The twilight rate (1 pm) drops to $24 and before Christmas you can play before 1pm for $26. The terrain is fairly flat and the course is quite walkable and many people do walk. The front is about 500 yards longer than the back (par 37 to par 35 with 3 par 3s on the back). There are lots of trees and some holes have housing that could be in play depending on how erratic you are. Some fairways are close together so you need to watch for 'incoming' balls. Greens are quite sloped and the pin placements can be 'interesting'-I think that this is one way they 'toughen-up' the course. We have always had a delay at #12 and this time was no exception; 15-20 minutes with 3 groups on this hole but there is a (strategically placed?) snack shack here to help with the wait. Pace of play was 41/2 hours which was OK considering the time of day that we went out and how busy the course always is. We saw a ranger several times so I think they are conscious of the pace. Hint: you might want to play a coloured ball on #10 as there are lots of (white) range balls on the fairway which can make finding your ball tricky. The only drinking fountains are next to the pro shop so bring water. We play here once or twice a year and will continue to do so.

Visited January 2014
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Regina, Canada
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64 reviews 64 reviews
25 attraction reviews
Reviews in 22 cities Reviews in 22 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Interesting Putting”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2013

Enjoyed the course but had a little difficulty with putting. As the greens mostly have various slopes and this day the pin seemed to be in the most difficult location. For example, one one green the pin was just under the peak of a fairly steep slope. Impossible to stop going down, very hard to putt sideways. We all three putted. One said I don't think that pin placement would be legal. Kind of spoils the game if one has to struggle with every green.
Unusual idea. You pay an extra dollar for the power cart key, refundable if you bring it back. I declined the refund as I had to park the cart a ways from the ProShop and had to carry my clubs to my car, also quite a ways from the cart. Guess they have lost a lot of keys. Maybe if they attached the key to the usual large bag tag people would return them. Just sayin.

Visited December 2013
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