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.
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.