Whirlwind Golf Club - The Cattail Course

4.5097000000 4.5 stars from 5 (259)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7334 yards
  • Slope: 132
  • Rating: 73.4
  • Layout

  • 5692 W. North Loop Road, Chandler, AZ 85226
  • (480) 940-1500
  • (520) 796-8260
  • whirlwindgolf.com
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Year built: 2002
Architect(s): Gary Panks
Type: Resort
Style: Desert
Greens: Winter: Rye, Summer: Bermuda
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes - $50
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Dress code: No Denim, Collared Shirt and Bermuda Shorts Required
Credit cards accepted: Yes

Tees | Layout

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7334 yards 73.4 132
Gold 72 6725 yards 71.2 128
Silver 72 6300 yards 69.2 123
Copper (W) 72 5895 yards 73.4 131
Jade (W) 72 5383 yards 70.8 123

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.5 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.9 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 259 Reviews
5 stars:
161
4 stars:
78
3 stars:
14
2 stars:
3
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

248 out of 259 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers a weekend splurge locals   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens water hazards   Great for drinks patio dining brunch  

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"A Beautiful Course in a Peaceful Setting"


Bobemac's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Texas Advisor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This is an outstanding test of golf with amazing conditions on pristine fairways, undulating smooth greens, and manicured tee boxes.

The cart greeting is efficient and gracious, the pro shop contact, Drew, was a little feisty but sincere, and CiCi the starter was the Bomb. She was personality plus and so helpful. She is from Sweden and speaks like a native.

The Ranger was an old guy from Toledo, Ohio who was efficient and loved to scare the newbies about all the "snakes". We never saw any. He helped keep the pace of play moving. We finished under 4 hours despite quite a few foursomes ahead of us.

This was a quiet and beautiful journey among the natural habitats of the Gila Indian reservation. Birds abound along with multiple rabbit sightings and the ever present Prarie Dogs.

This is a challenging course with difficult carries on many holes but with the fairways so pure you can never fault this course for a bad shot.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Our first rattlesnake sighting"


Rjgallant's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course and we finally got to see a rattlesnake!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Fortynine"


Cupcake1's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course in excellent condition. Try to find a good rate. It is well worth your time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/29/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Everything Top Shelf"


uDECZ2197DE's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/28/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Only issue at all is we wanted something to eat after the round, but the beautiful grill closed up at 4 pm. Seemed very odd to 4 hungry/thirsty guys.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


"Great track"


magoo1985's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

I played the TPC stadium course the day before and felt this was a better layout and a third the price. I highly recommend playing this track.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course



U00001928883's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/19/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Play it!"


TroyStutz's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Great practice facility! Friendly and helpful staff. Great course layout. Course was a phenomenal condition. Great value!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Best course ive played in years"


charfu2's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Amazing course, best conditions Ive seen/played ever in phoenix. Tee'd off at 1pm played in 3.5 hours from the tips and then played another 18 in 2 hours. Finished just as it got dark. AWESOME. I think the $50 hot deal must have been a fluke but so happy I found it. I think its normally 2-3 times that


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Good Combination of Challenging and Fun"


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Top 50 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/21/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Cattail has always been a favorite of mine. It sets up very nicely to my eye. It gives me the challenge I want at 6300 yards without beating me up. Most of the holes give you a spacious landing area and then narrow up at the greens. There are 2 par 4's, numbers 5 and 14, that you have to hit less than a driver for position. My favorite hole is number 16 that bends to the right around the back of the hotel pool area, that dares you to cut a tee shot tightly over the bunkers. If you cut it, a short iron can set you up for a birdie putt. Cattail is not a true desert course, but is a testing layout to keep your ball on the green grass and out of the expansive waste areas. It is fun for all if you play from the proper teebox. I have just acknowledged my age and moved up to the Silver tees from the Golds. The Black tees have some amazing teeboxes that give you the full 7300 yard test. Whirlwind is the best place to play in the Chandler area and should be on your 'must play' list.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"fun vacation course-great condition"


SMDstars's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played the cattail course on a prez day vacation...it was in very good shape, greens moderately fast and they rolled well. We played the silver tees (6300 yds) and that length was very comfortable for our group. Enjoyed the layout and the staff was friendly.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Fairways pristine. Greens very fast."


u979767019's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/07/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Loved the layout and course condition. Greens are tough - fast, subtle breaks and sharp edges to the cups. Lots of potential 3 putts but an overal great golf experience.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Nice desert course"


jbboorman's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Typical casino type golf course. Good warm up facilities, Tees, fairways and greens all generous and in great condition. Due to a mixup with the starter we had two twosomes playing in between three foursomes. Not a pleasant round for anyone.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Some of the best turf in Arizona."


GSKgolf11's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/16/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The fairways are broad and the density of the grass is the best I have seen in Arizona. One gets a great lie every time. The greens hold shots and are smooth and fast for putting.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Southeast valleys best!!"


Chad4790067's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/03/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is always well manicured. Staff always friendly and the views are great!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



Tim4803392's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/13/2016
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Coarse great. Underwhelmed with staff"


u000007131496's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/29/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great coarse, layout. Disappointed when I arrived there was a fee for my wife to ride along, because I called ahead and asked if she could, they said "no problem". Did not mention fee.

Also, starter directed me to the range which was closing...when I asked associate on range if I could hit 10 balls, he said no and directed me to other side of range...which looked like a mile away.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Enjoyed Cattail in November"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/28/2016
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played Whirlwind Cattail this week and had a great day. Pace of play was 3 3/4 hours for 2 players. Staff were very helpful and friendly. Course if in great shape and some scenic holes

Would play again


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"TERRIBLE Customer Service"


Dennis9865240's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/23/2016
Previously played Walked Perfect weather

Reviewed on

For a Troon managed facility the management of this course is seriously lacking. I played on Nov. 23/16 and had an on-course issue due to an error / misrepresentation in the online booking system.

I reported this to the golf shop at the end of my round. I was asked by the attendant, "What can we do to make this better?". I gave him my name, number and email and was told I would be contacted. As of Dec. 9/16 I have not been contacted.

I have sent the General Manager an email, one of the people that was supposed to contact me - who hasn't yet, and he has not responded.

It's peak golf season and clearly the $$ is more important to Whirlwind. If you have an issue be sure to get it sorted out before you leave the golf course.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Wild time.."


gregsmith65's avatar
Age:  45-54
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/23/2016
First time playing

Reviewed on

Had a great time with my brother playing the scores for the first time. Would have preferred if it were not cartpath only. Fairways and greens were soft. Highlight of the trip was seeing a bobcat..


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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