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4.4
407 Reviews (407)
5 Stars
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4 Stars
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3 Stars
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2 Stars
7
1 Stars
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Conditions
4.4
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.1
Amenities
4.5
92.0%
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384 out of 407 reviews
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4.5
32 Reviews (32)
5 Stars
20
4 Stars
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.6
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
93.8%
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30 out of 32 reviews
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4.6
46 Reviews (46)
5 Stars
30
4 Stars
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3 Stars
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Conditions
4.6
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.7
95.7%
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44 out of 46 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Desert
Par 72
Length 7334 yards
Slope 133
Rating 73.6

Whirlwind Golf Club features 36 holes across 242 acres. Wild horses and native beasts roam the landscape - so don't let them drag you away. While just 12 miles from the metropolis of Phoenix, Whirlwind Golf Club's Cattail Course takes golfers to a secluded and scenic environment, where desert tranquility and beauty is a silent playing partner throughout.

Gary Panks designed the courses at Whirlwind Golf Club. The par-72 Cattail measures 7,218 yards and beings on Arrow Shot, a par-4 413 yarder; the South Mountain Range's canyons will guide you, but shoot straight. Things get long on Two Mesquites, the second hole, a par-5 517 yarder, which does feature Mesquites, a staple for the Gila River Indian Community, used in construction, medicine and food.

Finish up on Last Hole, a par-4 450 yarder that offers a good test to close on, as it is the course's most demanding to drive.

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Course Details

Year Built 2002
Greens Winter: Rye, Summer: Bermuda
Golf Season Year round
Architect Gary Panks (2002)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes - $60
GPS No
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Caddies No
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted Yes
Walking Allowed Yes
Dress code No Denim, Collared Shirt and Bermuda Shorts Required

Food & Beverage

Bar, Grill, Restaurant

Available Facilities

Lounge, Meeting Facilities, Banquet Facilities, Locker Rooms

Available Activities

Riding

Available Sports

Tennis

Accolades

Reviews

4.4
407 Reviews (407)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 33
Patio Dining 18
Brunch 16
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 52
Undulating Greens 36
Water Hazards 36
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 40
A Weekend Splurge 39
Locals 34
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 50
Convenient to the City 39
Worth the Drive 37

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5.0
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Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 5-9
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5.0
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Greens 8.5/10

I’m blessed to be able to play golf 2-3 times per week. I spread my rounds around the valley at different courses. However, I most often return to Whirlwind more than any other course. On July 22nd, 2020 the course (Cattail) was in Great shape. Best greens I’ve played this summer. I arrived only 15 minutes before my round, but last time I was on property the practice facilities are Sickk. Alignment sticks and all. During my round I must’ve seen 15-20 maintenance dudes on that 18 alone-and working their tails off. Most all the bunkers were hand raked. As opposed to every other course during Covid. Cart girls are chill AF, and their food/beverages prices are very reasonable. 2.1 handicap golfer.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

My favorite course in south Phx

The Cattail Course has become my fav course in the South Phoenix area. Sure, there are some bare patches of fairway, but hey, it's July in Arizona.

The course was otherwise in great shape, the practice facility is very good and the food excellent.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Slow pace for a early Saturday

No ranger to speed up the group in front of us. When we called the pro shop, they said the group was on pace. Pace is 4 hours 10 minutes.
Players do not wake up for a 6:45 am round to play on pace! Get out, play early and beat the heat in Phoenix!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Play here a lot. It's amazing

Cat Tail review. Devils claw closed right now. The round includes the range, which is first class. Played from the gold tees (6800). Challenging but loads of fun. It's just so pretty out there. The natural landscape is stunning, but it will eat your ball of you're too far off the fairway. Greens were true. Not bumpy, about an 8-9 speed. Bunkers were a little hard, but it is a million degrees in phoenix right now. Can't wait to come back. Ps, watch out for rattlesnakes. I've only seen one. Curled up they will look like a huge cinnamon roll fyi.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Best Value for the Money in Phoenix or Tucson

Four of us played the Cattail Course this morning. Wow! Excellent practice facility and the course was in very good shape considering (it is July in Arizona). The greens were excellent. The beverage cart came around at least twice, plus there was drinking water about every other hole.. The food in the grill was also excellent.

We have played all over Scottsdale and Tucson over the past two months, and this is the best conditioned course yet. Kudos to Whirlwind!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Good experience for July

Course was in pretty good shape for July. some bare spots in the fairway. But tees and greens were good. Pace of play was excellent. Finished in 3:40.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 35
Handicap 25+
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 6
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Never disappointed

Great course. Pace of play poor today. 5 hrs
Met new friends drake and Duane

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 46
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 1000 Contributor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 6
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 1
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Crowded Course

I've played at Whirlwind several times in the past and have always enjoyed my round. However, I found that the course was overly crowded for some reason on one of the hottest days of the year. I asked the two individuals that joined my wife and I why it was so busy and they told me about the deal they had with unlimited golf for the summer. That sounds like a good deal for someone that is retired and can play all of the time, but not so good for someone paying full price and being subjected to a crowded course... I'll wait until your summer deal is over before I play there again this year.

Conditions Excellent
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 8
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 172
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 25 Contributor
California Advisor
First Time Playing

Overall Pretty Nice

The course can get a little repetitive at times as it winds through native desert vegetation and small wetlands. The course is flat with a few water hazards and bunkers pepper the course. The track is in fairly good shape, with a few browned out spots. The greens were in good shape and rolled true. All in all a good value and fun play and would play again.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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