Whirlwind Golf Club - The Devil's Claw Course

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4.6
384
5 Stars
240
4 Stars
117
3 Stars
16
2 Stars
10
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.5
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.7
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.6
96.8%
Recommend this course
365 out of 382 reviews
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4.7
32
5 Stars
26
4 Stars
5
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.5
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.5
Amenities
4.8
StaffFriendliness
4.8
97.0%
Recommend this course
32 out of 32 reviews
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4.7
56
5 Stars
43
4 Stars
11
3 Stars
2
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
0
Conditions
4.6
Value
4.6
Layout
4.8
Pace
4.6
Amenities
4.7
StaffFriendliness
4.9
98.2%
Recommend this course
55 out of 56 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Par 72
Length 7029
Slope 127
Rating 72.7
Type Resort
Devil's Claw is one of two golf courses at Whirlwind G.C., part of the Wild Horse Pass Resort and Casino on the Gila River Indian Reservation near Chandler. In addition to its views of four mountain ranges -- South Mountain, the Estrella Mountains, the San Tan Mountains and the Superstitions -- Devil's Claw overflows with Native American culture. A round on the Devil's Claw at Whirlwind Golf Club begins on Greasy Mountain, a par-4 424-yarder that faces Muh-wah Ha-dahk - the Gila River Indian Community's name for South Mountain. Things get long on the fifth, Maricopa Journey, a par-5 593-yarder designed to memorialize the travels of the Pee-Posh (or Maricopa tribe) from the Colorado River to where the Gila and Salt rivers meet. Go home via Going Home, the 18th hole, a par 4 that measures 442 yards from the Black tees. As the Gila River Indian Community sings it, "Our songs are ending as you go your separate ways, take along with you the good songs that were sung here today, as within your hearts." Don't go straight home: You can still fit in another song after golfing the Devil's Claw golf course at the Whirlwind Golf Club in the clubhouse, which features a fully stocked bar and plenty of plasma televisions for relaxing and catching up on other sports.
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Whirlwind Golf Club- Devil's Claw
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Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 7029 yards 72.7 127
Gold 72 6487 yards 70.4 123
Silver 72 6034 yards 68.2 118
Silver (W) 72 6034 yards 74.7 130
Copper (W) 72 5540 yards 71.6 126
Scorecard for Devils Claw
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Black M: 72.7/127 424 399 593 190 410 564 148 317 441 3486 407 444 222 361 172 507 425 551 442 3531 7017
Gold M: 70.4/123 392 366 566 159 376 535 148 289 411 3242 376 411 191 329 142 484 387 518 407 3245 6487
Silver M: 68.2/118 W: 74.7/130 367 342 549 140 348 511 126 268 393 3044 347 378 164 300 118 461 358 484 380 2990 6034
Copper M: 66.3/115 W: 71.6/126 335 316 530 123 314 480 95 242 346 2781 321 345 136 270 98 440 333 459 340 2742 5523
Handicap 11 17 1 13 5 7 9 15 3 16 8 4 14 10 18 12 2 6
Par 4 4 5 3 4 5 3 4 4 36 4 4 3 4 3 5 4 5 4 36 72

Course Details

Year Built 2000
Fairways Bermuda Grass
Greens Winter: Rye, Summer: Bermuda
Golf Season Year round
Architect Gary Panks (2000) Wadsworth Golf Construction (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

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4.6
384

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 39
Patio Dining 29
19th Hole Scenic Views 17
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 68
Undulating Greens 52
Forced Carries 33
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 48
A Weekend Splurge 45
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 43
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 53
Convenient to the City 48
Worth the Drive 45

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Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Go Yotes

Greens rolled at an 8 on the stimp meter pretty good for just after the overseed.

I like the layout of Cattail over Devils claw but both are always in great shape.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

Good experience.

Starter was nice, Pro shop staff friendly. Pulled up to unload clubs, nobody there. I unloaded clubs, bag guy ignored me because the cart girl showed up. Go figure. Guy that cleaned my clubs was nice and got his tip. Course had just opened from reseeding. Fairways were nice, greens medium speed but nice and good roll.. Course was green and beautiful. Pace was good. Paired with two guys that were very friendly. good experience.

Conditions Good
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

great course

course was in great shape. Had a great time playing. Staff was outstanding

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 25 Contributor
First Time Playing
Perfect weather
Used cart

great course to play

had some water standing on few holes after the rain storm on Sunday but in great condition

we enjoyed playing and will come back on next trip to AZ

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

Excellent

Great Course, fantastic condition, shame about the people who throw their rubbish on the fairways and do not rake bunkers....Marshall's needed to keep pace of play and cleanliness up on such a good venue. Would not stop me coming back and certainly worth a visit...

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Great Course but Often not worth the Price

The layouts on both courses are in front of you.......not much to em.....The Devils Claw has more appealing holes and sight lines in my opinion but both are not going to cause better players any grief.

The conditions although visually appealing are always a bit to soft.....especially the greens.....they are way too slow and need to be firmed up and rolled. Puts from myself and the players I was joined up with were bouncing all over the place. And I’ve had the same issue with the greens here before as well. I understand you got to keep it watered to keep it green, but the colour of the grass shouldn’t sacrifice playability.

The main negative I have for these courses is that they always ask for too much money for their green fees. During the off-season you can play courses like Verrado, Troon North, Wildfire, Ambiente, Etc for the same price......and those courses are another level.

I understand it’s part of the resort/casino so they jack up the rates but at the end of the day there are much better courses for around the same price.

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

Devil’s Claw on Labor Day

The course was in very condition for being this late in the summer. Pace of play was great as we finished just over 4 hours. We had lunch afterward and the food was very good and the prices were appropriate for the area.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Great outing

Course conditions were very good, especially for late summer. Nice practice facilities included . We play here a few times a year and are never disappointed. Summer rate made it even better . Played the round just over four hours, pretty good for a Sunday .

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course

Devils claw was well maintained and beautiful!!! Hot summer day but survived by playing early. Great value at $40 summer price. Very high in prime season.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Average At Best

Devils Claw is a great layout however, this is the worst condition I've seen the course since I started playing it four years ago. Every hole has areas of dead (brown) grass in the fairway / around the greens which come into play and can / will play a huge factor on where the ball ends up. Course seems to be overwatered in some areas, including areas of dead (brown) grass. Greens were good, but putting slower than usual.

Summer golf for courses in Arizona can be brutal, but Whirlwind always seemed to have some of the best course conditions of any course around. Not this summer. Still, the course is playable, but temper your expectations.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Absolutely beautiful

The course is in amazing condition. The pace of play was perfect. Some very beautiful holes. Devil's Claw is forgiving to the four times a year player. What a great value for the price. I highly recommend getting out this course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great course at a great value

I’m a big fan of this course. Terrific condition for this time of year. Green in great shape and roll true.

Very accommodating staffs and nice selection in pro shop

Only complaint is pace of place. Two member groups in front of us a 5 hour round this time of year not acceptable - especially from members that should know better.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Good
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Great condition and pretty

I've played here a half dozen times and always in great condition. Staff is nice and restaurant good for after golf. Fairly close to my house in ahwatukee too. A little pricey in the winter but great value in summer.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Excellent troon course

Played in June on very warm day. Cost in excellent shape for this time of year.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Top 500 Contributor
Previously Played

Troon course

Course and facility are always well kept, this day was no exception. There were 2 fairways that were a little beat up - small sections that may have been sun burnt, but did not effect play .

A bit slow pace, typical for Sunday, but marshal was out to keep things moving . Great summer rates on Golf now .

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Amazing

This course is so beautiful and fun but challenging at the same time! I will return frequently as it is just 15 mins from my house!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

All was great......but

I was in a 4 some, with one player a local and other 2 were here on a golf vacation from San Francisco. One of the gentlemen had a double lung transplant about 2-3 months ago. We played as fast as we could and yet the marshal circled us continuously from hole 6-18. At one time told us to pick up pace or he would move us.... We were about 3/4 to a hole slow.... but never really pushed by group behind us. His constant watching to see If we were playing faster was an itch you cannot scratch and was annoying to say the least. May be a while before I return, although I love playing both courses.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Beautiful Course

Very nice course to play. Greens are true and easy to hold, but that leads to many ball marks that are left unrepaired or half assed. Overall one of the best courses in the Valley.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Average
Amenities Excellent
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