Whirlwind Golf Club - The Devil's Claw Course

4.4470764706 4.4 stars from 5 (314)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7029 yards
  • Slope: 129
  • Rating: 72.6
  • Layout

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 | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7029 yards 72.6 129
Gold 72 6487 yards 70.4 123
Silver 72 6034 yards 68.1 118
Silver (W) 72 6034 yards 74.2 127
Copper (W) 72 5540 yards 71.4 121

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.4 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 314 Reviews
5 stars:
185
4 stars:
104
3 stars:
14
2 stars:
10
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

296 out of 312 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers a weekend splurge wildlife/ scenic views   Challenges include bunkers undulating greens forced carries   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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u264677139's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/14/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Not the best day to play here..."


u429275089's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2017
First time playing Walked Wet weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played here for the first time and the course was soggy and wet due to the rains the day before. Many of the bunkers were full of water and the fairways were spongy with some standing water. The cart paths were complete covered with gravel, sand and mud from washouts. The tunnel was full of soupy mud about 3/4 inch deep that I had to walk through. Since I walk, all this matters to me and I did not enjoy walking on all the loose debris and mud on my equipment. The greens were still recovering from being aerated which caused some bumpy putts that didn't allow balls to follow breaks. All in all, things could have been worse, but it's enough for me to put bad taste in my mouth based off my first experience.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/23/2017
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Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Grass was in excellent shape!"


u232101595's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/22/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We had so much fun on this course!! Can't wait to play it again!!!


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


"Great Layout"


Sam117's avatar
Age:  25-34
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2017
Previously played

Reviewed on

It's the summer months so you can't expect a course to be in perfect shape. Main thing for my group was whether the greens had been punched. Once we heard they hadn't been yet we booked our time.

Course is a great layout. You really feel like it's your group and the course. You never see another hole until you get there

Only complaint were the collars of the nearly all the greens were in very rough (no grass present/nothing but dirt) shape. Again, it's summer, so it wasn't too upsetting.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Classic Desert Course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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This a classic desert style course. It's forgiving but will bite you if you get lazy and lose focus. It was in very good shape when I played. Summer rates made it affordable ($43-normally over $100). Play it if you get a great price from Golf Now or other source.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Commented on 07/28/2017

Thank you for your review. We truly appreciate the time you took to write it. I'm so glad that you enjoyed your first time here. We look forward to seeing you again soon.




5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

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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


"Arizona golf!"


senszs's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2017
First time playing Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is one of the best courses I've played. First class all the way, Troon golf is great! Best Gary Pants anywhere. A tee for everyone, very fair but difficult. Greens are great, about 11, and smooth. Bring your best game and enjoy.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Easy


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/03/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had an out of town guest from Calif. and we had a great time.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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


Commented on 06/05/2017

Thanks for visiting Whirlwind! We hope to see you again. I appreciate you taking the time to share your experience on GolfAdvisor!


"Should try it"


u379311173's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This a great course, it is in phenomenal shape. Wide fairways, thoughly enjoyed it


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


"Not Flexible, so I canceled"


bmcclees's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  Don't know

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2017
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I originally booked a tee time for 3, thinking that was all we were going to have with out of town family here for graduation, etc. When a 4th player expressed interest in joining us, I promptly called Whirlwind to add him, but was denied, due to the fact that someone had booked the single spot. There was nothing they were willing to do for us, except move our tee time out 3 hours, which didn't work for our family schedule for the rest of the day... plus we were trying to beat the AZ heat!! I ended up pulling the plug on that round, and going to another course. I was a bit disappointed that there was nothing Whirlwind was able to work out for us. I've heard good things about the course, but I'm not sure about customer service. I understand the single booked the time fair and square, but I'm sure something could've been worked out.


Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/29/2017

Thanks for your review. I'm sorry that it didn't work out for your group this time. Unfortunately on days with very high volume on the tee sheet we are unable to accommodate requests like this one without compromising the experience of the rest of the golfers on the tee sheet. On a day like the one you booked, there is little room for maneuvering. I apologize for the inconvenience this caused you and your family. If you would like to discuss this situation further, I would be happy to discuss it with you personally. I'd like the opportunity to make it right. Thank you.

Louie Unga

Director of Club Operations


"Awesome Day"


acemaker62's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/07/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My wife and I enjoyed a delicious breakfast at The Silvik grille followed by a great round on Devil's Claw.

Lipped out a long birdie putt that would have given me a 79.

We had an awesome day!


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


Commented on 05/29/2017

Thanks for sharing your experience! We're grateful for amazing people like you and your wife. Next time you'll sink that birdie putt!

Louie Unga

Director of Club Operations



rsse40's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Devil's Claw"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/27/2017
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Relatively low slope rating so the course may not challenge scratch golfers. But, for average players, this is a great place to play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"Great experience"


u000002205855's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was in amazing condition. Tee boxes, fairways, chipping areas, and greens were just impeccable. I highly recommend the breakfast sandwich. Nice desert wildlife. This is real desert golf.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 05/29/2017

Thanks so much! We're pleased you had a great experience!




4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/23/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course, lush fairway even approaching the greens. The greens are fair but hard to judge, interesting. They even have junior rates which is a steal!


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


Commented on 05/29/2017

Thanks for your great review! We hope you'll be back soon. Check out TroonJuniorClub.com for even better value at Whirlwind and other Troon facilities!


"Rude Marshal"


Tsterm's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/22/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Played recently and was rudely warned by a marshal that our group was behind. I admit we started off with some difficulty, but were watching for the foursome behind us if we were holding them up. We never saw that group wait for us. The marshal returned and repeated, rudely that we were behind and that he was relying on GPS to determine we were behind. We stepped it up on one hole by picking up two putts. Here's the problem. We played the first nine holes in 2 hours and one minute. So, exactly how were we playing so slow that we needed to be so rudely treated. There is more to the story. We arrived at the 17th hole. There were four groups on the tee waiting to tee off. Two groups visibly on the fairway. The marshal was no were to be found. We waited over 20 minutes to tee off. We eventually finished our round in 4 hours and 25 minutes.

Let me point out that the marshal said we would never catch up to the earlier groups in front of us.

Terrible treatment and the marshal should take lessons in pace of play and watching the real slow players.

The staff offered us a drink after we voiced our concern. We did not accept the offer. Too little, too late.

Won't be going back.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"Beautiful course"


khscgolfcat's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape, pace was good, and we were paired with nice folks...what else could you ask for, other than a couple of mulligans, right/!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Whirlwind - Worth the Drive"


buzzdg's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I have played the Whirlwind Cattail course twice previously, and this was my first time playing the Devil's Claw. What a treat. This course is among my Top Ten favorites in the Phoenix area. The course was in fabulous condition, with the fairways green and lush, and the greens beautifully manicured. They rolled quick, but smooth. The bunkers feature fine grain sand, which is a pleasure to experience here in AZ. The layout is challenging, but with a variety of tee box options, fair. Devil's Claw is a bit shorter than Cattail, and the fairways are a bit more open. Which I like, LOL. Also, for some reason, the geese do not inhabit the water holes the way they do on Cattail, which means no jumping over you know what, which I also like! This course is worth the drive. Highly recommended.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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



Gary2146510's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This course was in great shape, All employees from the groundskeepers to the pro shop were very professional and friendly I would strongly recommend this course and would love to play this course again. The food was also excellent also the variety of merchandise in the pro shop was excellent.


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



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