Scottsdale is regarded as one the worlds premier golf destinations and has an abundance of courses. One of the better facilities is Grayhawk which has 36 holes, extensive practice areas including music on the range and a functional clubhouse. Of the two courses The Raptor is my favourite. Both courses have plenty of variety and like most desert courses the fairways are pretty generous but if you stray offline finding the ball is a challenge. I cannot think of any weak holes but there are a few that standouts. The par 5 4th is nice par 5 which runs slightly uphill to a small raised green which is guarded by deep bunkers and run offs. Hole 6 is a fun drivable par 4 which again has a raised green with many areas to place the pin. The 10th, a mid length par 4 has a generous fairway with a brook running down the right…the fairway slopes a little left to right which makes the approach awkward to this green. The green is guarded by water on the left which will catch the pulled approach. Hole 18 is a decent risk and reward par 5 with water running down the right and a huge bunker lying in wait for those down the left. The green slopes from left to right and is protected by a deep bunker on the left and a lake on the right…the approach to this green will get your pulse racing! If you’re organising a trip to this area then I would recommend adding Grayhawk to the itinerary.
Date: April 14, 2020