Talon at Grayhawk Golf Club

4.0833000000 4.1 stars from 5 (24)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6973 yards
  • Slope: 146
  • Rating: 73.3
  • Layout

  • 8620 E Thompson Peak Pkwy, Scottsdale, Arizona 85255, Maricopa County
  • (480) 502-1800
  • (480) 502-1600
  • www.grayhawkgolf.com
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Year built: 1994
Architect(s): Graham & Parks International (1994)
Type: Public
Style: Desert
Greens: Bent Grass
Fairways: Tifdwarf Grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt required
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Talon 72 6973 yards 73.3 146
Palo Verde 72 6391 yards 70.8 134
Terra Cotta (W) 72 5867 yards 73.6 133
Terra Cotta 72 5867 yards 68.3 122
Heather (W) 72 5143 yards 70.1 126

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.1 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.0 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 3.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.1 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 24 Reviews
5 stars:
11
4 stars:
8
3 stars:
2
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

20 out of 24 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens forced carries   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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"The Talon is tough!"


randyhair127's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

The day we played it was cart paths only so it was a tiring day, yet we played as a twosome in 3 1/2 hours. This is a good golf course that players better than I will enjoy. I would not recommend this course to beginners OR intermediate players. The greens are sectioned into small landing areas and if you are not on the correct part of the green, Good Luck! The Talon is not too long from the appropriate tees, but you had better be accurate.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awesome course, great restaurant"


golfgirl2b's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/11/2016
First time playing Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I came out to play this course while visiting family and also played Troon, as well as Sunridge Canyon. The course was great, staff was friendly for the most part. Food and restaurant was amazing. Greens were a bit slow, pace of play was not bad but paired with a threesome and was stuck waiting on last few holes.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Overrated"


JimHowie's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/07/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

I believe both Grayhawk courses are overrated. I have never played a course where at least once per hole someone in my group says "you should play a provisional" and I have been playing golf for 43 years. I played with a guy who took 5 unplayable lies on the same hole. I get more mud balls here in one round than I get playing during an entire winter in Seattle. This is course is over rated and I will never play this course again when there is better alternatives and challenging courses in the valley such as Southern Dunes and Quintero.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Do Not Recommend this Course"


rknight67's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2015
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Grayhawk has placed signs up on the course advertising that they conserve water. You would not know this by playing the Course. I have played this course 3-Times in the past nine months and the fairways are saturated to the point they are impossible to make clean contact with a golf ball. On impact an Iron embeds itself into mud. I would not recommend this course to my worst enemy.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"The best in AZ"


Mike6402525's avatar
Age:  45-54
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/30/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Grayhawk 'gets it'. A golf course for golfers brought to you by golfers. Make sure you play when you are in town.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course with a challenging back 9"


Sniffy66's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/24/2014
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Super golf course from start to finish. Well designed holes with stunning views of surrounding mountains. Course grew progressively more difficult as the round progressed with a series of long par 4's and long par 3's on the back 9 that make bringing hole a good score a real challenge.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bring your A game"


toyautoman's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/23/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This is one of the more challenging courses I have played this year. Keep it in the fairway and visible to score your best.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Challenging but enjoyable"


toyautoman's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Good course, challenging, tight fairways in places.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Golf AM tour site review"


u00000414464's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Great layout and very challenging. You must like desert golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Awesome"


u000001230384's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2014
Previously played

Reviewed on

Top quality course that played hard but very fair. Greens were in great shape and ffairways as well


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Senior Sarazen"


jabben10's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/18/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Excellent course to have a championship on. Would play this course over and over again.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Grayhawk Courses"


Peter8082127's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Both the Raptor and Talon are nice courses. I try to play them every trip down to Arizona.<br/> Since September is still in the off season in Arizona, I only gave 3 stars for overall course conditions.<br/> I am sure during prime time it is much better.

Thanks


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"senior sarazen"


jabben10's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes

Reviewed on

Excellent course to have a championship. I learned a lot of risk to reward holes.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"the harder of the 2 courses"


JBSpeed's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2014
First time playing

Reviewed on

A Classic Desert Course ,Beauty with Teeth , trouble all around , but very nice .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Risk reward"


jimmorehouse's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

You needed to take a good look at the R/R issues. The course will eat you up if you don't think about it and weigh the options carefully.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very difficult course"


philiplewis's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

This course I thought was slightly easier than Talon but not by much. Deep bunkers and undulating greens added to the narrow fairways to make for a difficult golf course. I'm a decent golfer but this was too hard for me.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"One Great Desert Course"


JBSpeed's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2014
First time playing

Reviewed on

Beautiful course, if you hitting it straight not to bad but lot of trouble in front of you . Great Challenge , all the Staff very Professional.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Tourney Play"


jimmorehouse's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2014
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Great venue for a National Tourney! The course is narrow and demands accuracy. Risk reward issues abound.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Very difficult-not much fun"


philiplewis's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/15/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather

Reviewed on

This course was so difficult that it really wasn't much fun to play. Greens were slow and so difficult with the undulations that getting up and down was almost impossible. Bunkers are very deep and hard to get out of. Desert is unforgiving. Fairways are NOT generous. Played as part of a tournament but would not come back and play for "fun". Course was in good shape but it's just too difficult for me. Also, temperature was 106 that day


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Dr"


u00000414464's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/14/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Great layout and very challenging. You must like desert golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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