Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course
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Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course
Tom Fazio designed the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
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Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course in Scottsdale - No. 6
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Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course in Scottsdale - No. 6
The sixth hole at the Raptor is a short par 4 with a small green at the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course - No. 8
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Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course - No. 8
The par-3 eighth hole at Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course, named Aces and Eights, is short but heavily guarded with bunkers. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Grayhawk G.C.'s Raptor Course in Scottsdale - No. 10
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Grayhawk G.C.'s Raptor Course in Scottsdale - No. 10
No. 10, at 390 yards, is a relatively short par 4 at the Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course, but it features a small creek before the green. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course - No. 12
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Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course - No. 12
The long, par-4 12th hole is named Mountain Lion at the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Grayhawk G.C.'s Raptor golf Course - No. 13
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Grayhawk G.C.'s Raptor golf Course - No. 13
No. 13 on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona is a brawny, 230-yard par 3. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course - No. 15
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Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course - No. 15
The par-4 15th hole on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona is drivable. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course in Scottsdale - No. 16
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Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course in Scottsdale - No. 16
No. 16 is a long, downhill par-3 to a green protected by water at the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - Phil's Grill
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Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - Phil's Grill
Next to the 18th green at Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course sits the clubhouse. Inside is Phil's Grill, named after Phil Mickelson. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor
Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course - No. 18
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Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course - No. 18
The par-5 18th hole plays to a narrow green next to a pond on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Brandon Tucker/Golf Advisor

Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course in Scottsdale: A demanding PGA Tour venue cut from the Sonoran Desert

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- Opening a year after the original Talon Course at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Grayhawk's Raptor Course is a striking Tom Fazio design cut from the Sonoran Desert.

The Raptor plays 7,135 yards from the championship tees and runs over hills and natural washes. In typical Fazio fashion, bunkers are plentiful and monstrous, though the fairways primarily play wider than on your average course. The par threes are especially demanding, none more so than the 230-yard, uphill 13th hole, guarded by a massive bunker on the right side of the green.

Grayhawk Golf Club features all the facilities you'd expect at a PGA Tour venue. You'll find Phil's Grill, named after tour star Phil Mickelson, a pro shop, finer dining and a practice area.

North of downtown Scottsdale, Grayhawk Golf Club is a short drive from Troon North and the Boulders Resort .

Brandon Tucker is the Managing Editor for Golf Advisor. To date, his golf travels have taken him to over two dozen countries and over 500 golf courses worldwide. While he's played some of the most prestigious courses in the world, Tucker's favorite way to play the game is on a great muni in under three hours. Follow Brandon on Twitter at @BrandonTucker and on Instagram at BrandonTuckerGC.
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