Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Date Last Played: July 20, 2009
Talon is the more scenic of the two 18s and it plays through some beautiful Sonoran desert scenery with breathtaking views of the nearby McDowell Mountains and the distant skyline of Phoenix and Scottsdale. It leverages the natural terrain and plays past Mesquite, Palo Verde, and Ironwood trees, flowering and colorful desert fauna of all types, ancient Saguaros of all sorts of weird shapes and sizes, and around and across some deep box canyons. #13 gets you up close and personal with a big box canyon, appropriately named Heaven or Hell #13 is a short 303 yard dog leg right par 4 where you need to carry a deep box canyon, land on a wide but relatively short fairway and miss one of the 8 large, steep, and deep fairway bunkers. #13 offers an excellent risk reward opportunity - the long hitters can go for the green but have to carry more of the box canyon and avoid the front green-side bunkers.The course designers must have moved a lot of desert around to sink the fairways into the desert, create all of the mounding and hills, and give the fairways lots of undulation and contour. Talon has some really fun and challenging holes, for example:
Rates: $50.00 to $300.00
Service is excellent and the food, practice facilities, club house and pro shop are some of the best.
Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating
The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this: links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses!
All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course. In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40. We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.