Grayhawk (Talon) - Arizona - USA

Grayhawk Golf Club,
8620 East Thompson Peak Parkway,
Scottsdale,
Arizona (AZ) 85255,
USA


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  • Del Cochran

  • Gary Panks and David Graham

  • Joe Shershenovich

The Talon course at the Grayhawk Golf Club (which also hosts the ranked Raptor course) is a public display of design skill from two underrated members of the golf community, architect Gary Panks and two-time Major winner David Graham. The property offered the duo unique landforms to work with, from which they derived a number of unique short holes that will linger on players’ minds.

The most-photographed of the bunch is the par three No. 11. It will be worth playing from the back tees for many (175 yards) for that will grant you the opportunity to walk across the swinging bridge to the back teebox, which is built up within a box canyon, to play across a desert expanse to a green that has also been built up.

The theme of box canyons and their impact on course architecture continues during the back nine, including No. 13, where players will experience either “Heaven or Hell,” as the hole title suggests. At just 305 yards, players may find the former if they successfully gun for the green across this Cape-ish box canyon...or they may experience the latter if that decision proves brash.

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Description: The Talon course at Grayhawk Golf Club is a Gary Panks and David Graham co-design that opened in 1994, a year before Tom Fazio’s Raptor course debuted here. The Talon layout comes into its own on the back nine, with fairways set out around a number of deep box canyons. Rating: 5.7 out of 10 Reviews: 3
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Mark White

Grayhawk Talon is viewed as one of the best public options in the Scottsdale area. I played the Raptor course many years ago although after playing the Talon, I believe the Raptor to be the much better of the two. The Talon course was designed by David Graham and Gary Panks.

I did not play the Talon course at its peak as the course was in the middle stages of its overseeing program, resulting in tee shots not rolling out quite as far and significantly slower greens. A single joined the three of us, and he is one of 65 “members” at this public facility. In his opinion, the greens were twice as fast as the previous week, but about a third slower than normal.

Regardless of the condition, this is a fine public golf course and one that many will enjoy playing. I do not think it is in the same league as We-ko-pa Saguaro, Troon Pinnacle/Monument, or Quintero, but there are various holes that will provide adequate challenge.

The course is flattish with limited change in elevation. One has to be mindful of where the valley is in order to determine some of the breaks on the greens.

The weakest holes on the course are the par 3’s, with only one of them being somewhat memorable. That hole is the eleventh, known for its swinging bridge to get to the tee. The green on the eleventh is fronted by a very deep wash and bunker and has an undulating green. Neither of the other three par 3’s did much for me including the island green seventeenth which quite frankly is too short with too large of a green.

The other holes I did not care for where the two short par 4’s, two and thirteen, both of them drivable for the longer hitters. Yet for average length players there is no risk:reward decision. Instead, shorter players hit a 5 iron to 5 metal off the tee and then a wedge into two greens that are not particularly interesting.

The par 5’s are all above average with most of them having nicely raised greens and more interior movement.

The back nine is better than the front as the holes seem to offer more change in directions and the more interesting green side bunkering.

The sixth hole, the number one index, is a long par 4 that is easily the hardest hole on the front nine. But for me the best hole on the outward nine is the ninth, a par 5 with well sited bunkers off the green and a fairway that shrinks a bit as you near the green. The third hole has three deep bunkers set against each other on the right side fronting the green. Our member referred to these as “the three sisters.”

On the back nine, the dogleg left long par 4 tenth had a nicely elevated green. I also liked both of the par 5’s, fourteen and eighteen due to the placement of fairway bunkers.

The Talon course is worth playing and one will enjoy it if they cannot play the Raptor course.

November 08, 2021
5 / 10
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Jacob Boray

This is a great course and well maintained. Not a terribly challenging course but it is not an easy course.

November 24, 2020
6 / 10
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RM61

The Talon course at Grayhawk is not quite as good as The Raptor although there is not much to choose between them. The course runs over similar terrain but I feel it’s a little more scenic than T. As you expect the conditioning is excellent with lush fairways and firm fast greens. The Talon is more demanding from the tee than The Raptor but this is more of illusion as the landing areas are pretty generous. The front nine is good but not quite as much fun as the back nice which has more of a risk and reward element about it. None more so than hole 13 named “Heaven or Hell” a short par 4 which if the player finds the fairway its a good opportunity to make birdie but if they miss reloading is advised! Hole 17 names “Devils Drink” seems pretty innocuous at only 130 odd yards but with a bit of wind finding this island green is not a shoe in. One thing that stands out when comparing the courses is the bunkering around The Talon which is more severe and the greens which have more ledges or tiers…this is real test of the players short game. As with The Raptor its worth playing when in the area and the staff and facilities are hard to beat.

April 15, 2020
6 / 10
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