Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - no. 8
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Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - no. 8
The gorgeous par-3 eight hole on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club is called "Aces & Eights." Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - no. 1
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Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - no. 1
The curvy bunkers (like this one on the first fairway) are part of why the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club looks so good. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - no. 2
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Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - no. 2
The second hole on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club is called "Hide-A-Way." Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - no. 3
A large bunker covers the right side of the third green on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - no. 4
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Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - no. 4
The plateau green finishes the tough par-5 fourth hole on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - no. 6
The par-4 sixth hole on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club might be short, but a difficult green makes scoring tough. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - no. 9
The McDowell Mountains loom in the background on the ninth hole of the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - no. 18
A fake coyote stands guard over the 18th green on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - no. 12
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Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - no. 12
The 468-yard 12th hole on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club is the longest par 4 on the course. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - no. 13
It takes a good poke to reach the 230-yard 13th green on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
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Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - no. 14
It's easy to see why the 14th hole on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club is called "Serenity. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - new-look 15th
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Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - new-look 15th
The new par-4 15th hole on Grayhawk Golf Club's Raptor Course bends right after two fairway bunkers up the left side. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - new 16th
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Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - new 16th
The new 16th hole, a 151-yard par 3, isn't as scenic as the other holes on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor
Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - new 17th
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Grayhawk Golf Club - Raptor Course - new 17th
The new 17th hole on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club, a 331-yard par 4, is more than 100 yards shorter than the hole it replaced. Jason Scott Deegan/Golf Advisor

Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona debuts three new holes

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. -- The three new holes that debuted in October 2015 on the Raptor Course at Grayhawk Golf Club aren't universally loved. Maybe that will change as they mature.

It will be interesting to see how customers treat the course going forward. Some golfers might play the course once to experience the new holes and never return. Others might give the thumbs up to playing two shorter holes -- the 151-yard par-3 16th and the drivable 331-yard par-4 17th -- instead of the longer brutes they replaced. The new 15th hole, a par 4 sweeping right off an elevated tee, is the best addition of the bunch.

The Raptor has long been a Scottsdale favorite, opening in 1995. It had a decade-long run of top tournament golf, hosting three Andersen Consulting World Championships (a precursor to the WGC-Accenture Match Play Championship) in the 1990s and three Frys.com Opens from 2007-09.

Grayhawk's atmosphere is too cool. Music is pumped on the range to keep the energy up. Phil's Grill is a popular bar stocked with Phil Mickelson memorabilia. Golfers who can't have fun at Grayhawk should find another game.

Jason Scott Deegan has reviewed more than 1,000 courses and golf destinations for some of the industry's biggest publications. His work has been honored by the Golf Writer's Association of America and the Michigan Press Association. Follow him on Instagram at @jasondeegangolfadvisor and Twitter at @WorldGolfer.
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