WHIRLWIND / GOLF CLUB
A UNIQUE SOUTHWEST GOLF EXPERIENCE
Whirlwind Golf Club is a truly unique Southwest golf experience designed to preserve the rich cultural heritage of the Gila River Indian Community. Surrounded by spectacular mountains and managed by Troon Golf, this unique golf venue also played host to the PGA’s Nationwide Tour, Gila River Golf Classic from 2000 to 2005.
The two courses, Devil’s Claw and Cattail, are masterpieces developed by Gary Panks that will impress and challenge golfers of all skill levels. Featuring pristine and uncluttered views of the Sierra Estrella Mountains, the courses showcase the beauty of the natural terrain.
Covering 242 acres, with 92 acres of turfed area and 150 acres of desert landscape, Panks’ design is “challenging but fair” for players of various handicaps. Each of the 36 holes is named after a significant legend or landmark of the Pima and Maricopa Indians. Only plants that are indigenous to the Gila River and its surrounding desert are featured on these two championship, par 72 courses.
Both Devil’s Claw and Cattail were created to reflect the land while the waters still flowed on the reservation by combining the Gila River landscape including Cottonwood, Mesquite, Saguaro and Palo Verde trees with native grasses and rolling terrain. These challenging golf courses also features gradual elevation changes, great bunker designs with multi-tiered greens.
And when your golf round is over, be sure to visit Sivlik Grill. The new clubhouse restaurant offers a unique dining experience including creative cuisine, picturesque desert views and mountain vistas.