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Whisper Rock Golf Club: Upper Course

Scottsdale, AZ Private

Overview

Whisper Rock’s Upper Course was intended, as the club’s second 18, to specifically test its low-handicap and PGA Tour pro membership, but Tom Fazio couldn’t resist being a crowd-pleaser, so although he designed 18 holes with demanding angles to diagonal fairways from the back tees, his landing areas for average golfers are generous and most greens are cradled with ample chipping areas. All players enjoy the scenic beauty of this patch of Sonoran Desert, with the front nine holes framed by dry washes and a four-hole stretch on the back woven through astonishing towers of balanced granite boulders. “That’s a beautiful, beautiful stretch, going up into those boulders and back down towards Pinnacle Peak,” said Fazio at the grand opening. “But I’m proud of the entire course, as it’s got a whole bag of different looks.” Whisper Rock’s other 18, the older Lower Course, is ranked No. 174.

About

Holes 18
Length 7550
Slope 75
Facility Type Private
Year Opened 2006
Designer Thomas Fazio, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

Ranking history:

Second 100 Greatest: Ranked since 2013.
2023-'24 ranking: 143rd
Previous ranking: 156th.
Highest ranking: No. 123, 2013-'14.

Best in State: Ranked third, 2013-'16, 2019-'24. Ranked fouth, 2011-'12, 2017-'18. Ranked inside the top 5, 2009.
2023-'24 ranking: 3rd.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

3.8

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.2541
Character
7.6838
Challenge
7.2626
Layout Variety
7.2874
Fun
7.4131
Aesthetics
7.568
Conditioning
7.7407

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