Historically, Painted Mountain Golf Club is Mesa’s oldest public course. It dates back to 1964, when architect Frank Boxberger built the first nine holes of what then was called Camelot Golf Course.
Camelot, which eventually became 27 holes under Milt Coggins in 1975, was purchased in 1993 by the Scottsdale Golf Group. With the change in ownership came the name change to Painted Mountain.
Naturally, time and heavy play — 70,000 rounds per year — took its toll on course conditions and the 10,000-squarefoot clubhouse. The good news is, Painted Mountain, which is located on McKellips Road east of Recker Road, is back with a fresh new coat.
Shelby Futch, the CEO of Scottsdale Golf Group, said the million-dollar makeover, overseen by Tucson architect Ken Kavanaugh, was designed to elevate Painted Mountain from a golf course to a golf resort. Additionally, the driving range and nine-hole executive course were eliminated in order to make room for 300 single-story condos at the west end of the property.
"Sure, we’ll now be a golf resort, but we’ll still be the neighborhood course,’’ said Futch, noting that the green fee will remain in the $35 (current price) to $55 range (peak season). "So we’ve kept the local flavor and, hopefully, made a better course, too.’’
Much better, as Painted Mountain is now even more playerfriendly, with bigger greens (5,000 to 6,000 square feet), more tee boxes, and a soon-to-be completed face-lift of the clubhouse that brings it into the 21st century.
Jerry Wilson, the general manager at Painted Mountain for the past 12 years, said the new look has everyone "very, very excited.’’
"Painted Mountain always has been a very playable, fun golf course,’’ said Wilson. "It’s friendly, the kind of course where you can show up as a single and still get a game."
New coat of paint
• Hole Nos. 1, 3 and 18 have been revamped.
• New tee boxes on Nos. 2, 16, 17.
• Even though the course is more than 6,000 yards, there are six par-3s that provide an opportunity for low scores
• New logo, new golf carts and new paths
• Rejuvenated locker rooms and pro shop
• Grand View Steakhouse will open soon
• Call (480) 832-0156 for tee times