Whirlwind Golf Club - The Cattail Course

4.6037411765 4.6 stars from 5 (317)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 7334 yards
  • Slope: 133
  • Rating: 73.6
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes - $60
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 7334 yards 73.6 133
Gold 72 6725 yards 71.3 127
Silver 72 6300 yards 69.3 124
Copper (W) 72 5895 yards 73.0 128
Jade (W) 72 5383 yards 70.3 120

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.

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.6 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.6 stars from 5
Value: 4.5 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.7 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 317 Reviews
5 stars:
200
4 stars:
95
3 stars:
15
2 stars:
4
1 stars:
3

recommend this course

303 out of 317 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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Reviews


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Type of Golfer
Gender

"Good"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/20/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Wide fairway. Large green.

Not too over challenging but still fun layout.

Some occassional dry spots near greens

but overall mostly still playable

Would recommend as 'must try course' to anyone.

But one thing I find funny though is that. . .

an outstanding golf resort like this. .seems to have relatively limited parking spots


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good times friendly staff"


caboron's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing here on the Devels Claw. Staff was very friendly and Dustin the starter was very helpful with directing me where to go and answered all my questions. Greens and fairways really good conditions. I will be back asap :)


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Pace of Play"


saltyk9's avatar
Age:  25-34
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/08/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Good rates out here this time of year vs. what people are willing to pay during the winter time. The fairways are usually wet meaning 0 to negative roll on drives and lots of mud balls. I was a single behind a 4some that never let me play through the entire round. Player assistance was around multiple times but seems more interested in handing out wet towels (thank you) than doing something about the pace of play. Could have finished in 2 hours if it wasn't for that, instead it was a 4.5 hour round in the 100F+ heat. I took the opportunity to play 3 balls per hole and practice my chipping and putting from around each green. Greens are decent for this time of year, running maybe a 9 at best, with some real dead/rough spots around the edges of some greens.

I'll be coming back if I can continue to get rounds under $40 here.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"great fun"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

course was challenging. Cattail is the more difficult of the two. Course was in excellent shape, greens ran fast and true. Would I play this course again - definitely, was well worth what I paid for it. Weather was in the mid 90s and sunny.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Bunker busters"


liftman1954's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/04/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It amazes me that a course that is this nice should have bunker issues. Inconsistent, hard, flooded and or rocky you name it.

Otherwise this is a real gem of a course.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Good course - Cattail"


rathke's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/01/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing this course had played its sister course previously. Layout is excellent and the course was in good to above average condition with the tee boxes being the best. Pace of play was slow due to the normal issue of players playing the wrong tees for their ability level. Got a great deal on GolfNow and would recommend the course but only if one can get a deal.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Disappointed"


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

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I was surprised by the overall turf conditions, greens included.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Nice course"


u9321985's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/07/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

I set up my tee time for this course from home based off other reviews. I was traveling in the area and wanted to play some golf.

I played the Cattail course which I was told is the more tournament course of the two at this location.

I enjoyed playing here, the course was in good shape although some fairways were very wet in areas. This was because I was one of the first groups off in the morning, I'm sure later they dried out.

The staff was very friendly and helpful. The practice area is very nice. The greens on the course weren't as pure as I would have hoped but they were in good shape, the ball also held well on the greens. I'm happy I played this course but it wouldn't be one of my top picks when I travel to this area. Its pretty and in good shape, I just don't like how the driving on more than a few holes sets up, just not visually appealing for me.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Always a treat!"


az2chef's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We've enjoyed these courses, facilities and staff for 15 years. Troon golf has done a remarkable job managing this property. The course "Cattail", was in great shape. The only issue was, the greens were a little crusty on the edges however they still rolled well. I would always highly recommend Whirlwind to anyone looking for more than just a golf outing!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Frustratingly slow pace"


u000005863912's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

We played Cattail on a Saturday and what a mistake! It took us 4:50 to play even tho the Marshall assured us that everyone was on pace. When we finally reached the par 4 #18, there was a group on the green, a group in the fairway, and two groups on the tee!

The course was in excellent shape with over seeding everywhere.

I wish I could say that we’ll be back, but the pace was unacceptable for the price.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I don't recommend this course



mikemag73's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/26/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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


"a dream"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/21/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

when winter has you down and blue this is the kind of course you dream about! no need to dream get on a plane and make it your 1st stop. course conditions were wonderful, water doesn't appear to be a scarce commodity here, nothing appeared to want for water. contoured greens were interesting not extreme. bunkers well placed and consistent. fairways watered consistently, thick no bare patches, amended soil underneath not just sand. if you can find the right price this place will not disappoint.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



Darrin3483143's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


"A Treat!"


u000007023942's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/16/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My wife and I have played some very decent courses the past 8 days including Encanterra and Seville. While they were very well manicured with great greens, Whirlwind was a far more interesting layout to us. The conditions were perfect and easily the most enjoyable round of our holiday. I had read some reviews stating that the staff at the course were not friendly and that they didn’t care about the customers. Couldn’t have been further from the truth for us! Right from the moment we arrived we were treated very well with a friendly attitude and we even had lunch before the round where the service was outstanding and the food amazing!!!

Nothing negative to say about this course at all!!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Great, worth playing, one of our top 5!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2018
First time playing

Reviewed on

Our top 5 favs in Phoenix/Scottsdale area include Troon and Boulders. Very nice course, great condition, carts have GPS. Pace of play great around 4 hrs. Nice clubhouse/restaurant, but closed at 5. Look for a hot deal just over 100 around 1. Close to Premium outlet and airport.


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


"True desert course"


Ron8314417's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a very nice course. A beautiful course in the middle of the desert!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Whirlwind of a great time"


golfisfun78's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/04/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My friends and I were in Phoenix area for a weekend vacation. Whirwind Cattails golf course was a great find on golfnow. Everything from the restaurant on-site to the driving range to the course conditions were awesome! Very friendly staff and very good pace of play. The course layout is beautiful and very scenic. The carts have GPS and range balls are included. The practice facility is outstanding. I can not say enough about the staff. Mike in the pro shop was very welcoming and the starters were equally as nice. Thank you Whirlwind for a relaxing and exciting golf experience in Phoenix!


Pace of Play: Good

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


"Pricey"


Ted23's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/02/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape. Not sure it or any public course is worth over $150 but got a sweet deal at $40 in the afternoon. Played 16 holes. I would only play again if i had a deal


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course



Ordy's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/29/2018
Previously played Walked Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


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



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