The Bear Creek Golf Complex contains two courses with very different challenges. Stretching across 3,552 yards, the par 59 Cub Course tests experienced players with swales and collection areas but is also a good way to ease beginners into the game. On the par 71 Bear Course, meanwhile, golfers pit their skills against rolling fairways and strategic bunkering.
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At Whirlwind Golf Club, 36 holes appear as emerald gashes on the surrounding arid landscape while the Superstition Mountains and Sierra Estrella paint a craggy buffer between the horizon and the blue skies above. The verdant path is divided into two 18-hole courses—Cattail and Devil's Claw—each measuring more than 7,000 yards from the longest tees. On Cattail, the longer of the two, three large ponds and a stream intersect the course, along with numerous bunkers, canyons, and tumbleweeds unafraid to roll right over putting lines. Devil's Claw, meanwhile, pits players against many of the same elements, including blind tee shots and classic risk-reward gambles over watery doglegs.
The Cattail Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,334 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 73.4 from the back tees * Course slope of 132 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole
The Devil's Claw Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 72 course * Total length of 7,029 yards from the back tees * Course rating of 72.6 from the back tees * Course slope of 129 from the back tees * Five sets of tees per hole
Technically, Lone Tree Golf Club is a misnomer?the course has more than just one tree?but it still reflects the general makeup of the course. The course has a few smatterings of palm trees, relying instead on five ponds, grizzled desert waste areas, and contoured greens to rattle players' confidence as they transition from hole to hole. At one of the ponds, an elaborate waterfall sends sheets of water tumbling down four rocky tiers; on another, a central fountain sends a vertical ribbon of mist into the air to memorialize all golf balls that have perished in its depths.
Course at a Glance: * 18-hole, par 71 course * Length of 6,984 yards from the tips * Course rating of 71.2 from the tips * Slope rating of 123 from the tips * Five tee options * Scorecard