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Whirlwind Golf Club

Gila River Indian Community

Whirlwind Golf ClubThe relationship between the Gila River Indian Community and Whirlwind Golf Club starts with the names of the two Gary Panks-designed courses, located just 12 miles south of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. But “Devil’s Claw” and “Cattail” aren’t related to the desert topography or animals (wild horses still have a presence here). Instead, both refer to basket-weaving patterns used by the Community, examples of which can be seen in the clubhouse and throughout Gila River Hotels & Casinos Wild Horse Pass.

Cattail, which opened in 2002, is longer with rolling terrain and more water hazards than its counterpart. Devil’s Claw is the older layout, having opened in 2000. It features elevation changes, challenging bunkers, and small greens. The layouts are ranked No. 43 and No. 45, respectively, on Golfweek’s 2020 Best 50 Casino Courses.

The 36 holes are part of a sprawling resort complex that also includes the 500-room Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass, the 242- room Gila River Hotels & Casinos – Wild Horse Pass (which is adding 240 more rooms this fall), Aji Spa, Kai (the only AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star restaurant in Arizona), the Koli Equestrian Center, and the Wild Horse Pass Casino.; (480) 940-1500

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