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Grayhawk Golf Club, Raptor


8620 E Thompson Peak Pkwy
Scottsdale, AZ 85255

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Desert golf "doesn't get much better than" at this "exceptional" resort course, "a perfect all-around experience" with "U.S. Open" greens, "70's rock music in the practice area" and a Zen-style golf book at the end of the round" to pore over a pour at the "outstanding" Phil's Grill, named for Grayhawk Touring Pro Phil Mickelson; everthing here is "stunningly beautiful", including the "drink-cart girls who themselves are worth the price of admission", which is so sky-high, "you'll feel as if a raptor has eaten your wallet."

Profile: This facility has two dynamic eighteen hole courses. These desert courses have an ample amount of rough lining their wide-open tifdwarf fairways. The Talon Course features elevated greens that are extremely large and undulating, and water hazards come into play on two holes. This course offers a myriad of panoramic views encompassing the McDowell Mountains and the Phoenix Valley. The most difficult hole is #6, a 459-yard, par 4, requiring a long straightaway tee shot in order to make a par or birdie. Another interesting hole is #17, a 126-yard, par 3, requiring a shot to an island green. However the best hole is #11, a 175-yard, par 3. This hole, called "Swinging Bridge," requires a carry over a desert hollow and a deep front bunker to a wide and deep green, which has two levels. "GOLF Magazine" selected the Talon 47th among the "Top 100 Courses You Can Play in their U.S." for 1998. The 5,867-yard men's tee on the Talon Course also has a ladies' course rating of 73.6 and slope of 133. The Raptor Course, which opened in 1995, is very scenic and has unique views that could catch any golfers' eye, including the large lake that is adjacent to the clubhouse and hole #18, a 521-yard, par 5. "GOLF Magazine" ranked the Raptor 49th best under the 1998 category of the "Top 100 You Can Play in the U.S.." The tee time reservation telephone number is (480) 502-1800. The club hosted the semi-finals and finals of the Anderson Consulting World Match Championship, famous for being the "world's richest tournament." This club also hosted the first World Championship of Golf in 1995, and the 1999 Williams World Challenge.

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