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Desert Amateur

2020 Desert Amateur
December 6-9, 2020
Whirlwind Golf Club (Cattail)
Entry Deadline:  November 25
Chandler, Arizona

The 2020 DesertAmateur will be held December 6-9, 2020, at Whirlwind Golf Club (Cattail) in Chandler, Arizona. The Desert Am will be a Scratch Players and World Amateur Golf Rankings event. The Desert Am will be 54-holes with no cut (weather permitting). Included in the entry fee is all three rounds of the tournament as well as the practice round on Sunday, December 6. The Desert Am is an open event.

Event Criteria: A player is exempt if he meets one of the entry criteria below and submits a complete application (with payment) by November 25, 2020. This is an Open Amateur tournament and the player must have a handicap index of 3.0 or better. Any player who meets any of the standardized criteria below may enter the Desert Amateur.

  • Top 250 in closest ranking to the final 2019-20 Men’s Golfweek Collegiate Rankings or Golfstat Rankings (DIVISION I)
  • Top 1500 players in Scratch Players World Amateur Golf Rankings
  • Top 1000 players in World Amateur Golf Rankings
  • Top 1000 players in Golfweek Amateur Rankings
  • All 2019 or 2020 champions of major men’s state amateur and mid-amateur championships
  • All participants in the men’s 2019 or 2020 US Mid-Amateur, USGA Four-Ball, and US Amateur Championships
  • All male amateur golfers with a handicap of 3.0 or below.

Schedule of Events  ENTER HERE

  • Sunday, December 6: Practice round at Whirlwind
  • Monday, December 7: First round starts at 8 am off 1/10 tees
  • Tuesday, December 8: Second round starts at 8 am off 1/10 tees - same groupings
  • Wednesday, December 9: Final round starts at 8 am offf 1/10 tees - re-pair to score

Practice Round: Booking information coming soon

Host Hotel:  Marriott Phoenix Chandler
1600 South Price Road
Chandler, AZ  85286 
$109 per night includes wifi and breakfast 
BOOK HERE:  Marriott Phoenix Chandler Desert Amateur Rate
Deadline to Book:  November 15, 2020

Transportation: All participants are responsible for their own transportation to/from the event. Phoenix International Airport is approximately 20 minutes from the course. Plan all departure flights accordingly as no changes will be made to starting times for flights.

Carts: All participants will be provided carts and this is included in the entry fee. Carts are optional as a player enhancement.  Caddies are allowed but will have to walk and may not ride on the back of carts. Spectator carts will be available on an as-available basis.  We will have double-rider carts with the possibility of single carts at an extra cost.  

Conduct and Attire: Golf spike policy of Whirlwind Golf Club is in effect at the time of the championship. Proper golf attire is required. Golf shirt must have a collar and either pants or golf shorts are required. All headwear must be worn forward. Any act of unsportsmanlike conduct-including but not limited to: cursing, throwing clubs, damage to the golf course, or other are prohibited. Disqualification with no refund is possible at the sole discretion of the tournament committee.

Yardage and Green Brooks:  You can pre-order Putt View yardage and green books at the following links:  Whirlwind GC Yardage and Green Books
Other Putt View Yardage Books:  PuttView Direct

Pace of Play: We ask that the first two players who hole out proceed immediately to the next tee and hit when ready. Walk ahead and save time when possible. In the practice round, no more than one ball should be played to the green. Play as fast as possible. 

Withdrawals and Refunds: All paid entries are subject to a $125 handling fee at all times and for any reason. Refunds minus $125 are available up until November 25, 2020, when there are no refunds for withdrawal or no show for any reason.

Waiting List: A waiting list will be formed after the field is full.  Credit cards and checks WILL NOT be cashed until a player is confirmed entry off of the waiting list.

Competition Waiver:  I wish to enter the 2020 Desert Amateur. Please charge my credit card and process my entry fee payment of $495. The entry fee includes the four rounds of golf for the tournament, participant cart, and all practice facility usage during those days before and after the round.  I understand $125 of my entry fee is non-refundable at all times. Refunds (minus $125) will be given by proper written request to the tournament chairman by November 25, 2020. I understand my entry fee is non-refundable after November 25, 2020.  I hereby agree to waive all claims against the Saguaro Amateur, the Desert Amateur, the tournament staff, Whirlwind GC, for personal injury or death as a result of any acts by the Saguaro Amateur or Desert Amateur in relation to the conduct of the tournament. By entering this Troon Saguaro Amateur Series-administered event, all participants agree that there are certain risks and accept personal and sole liability for all such risks, including, but not limited to, any health-related risks.  Participants acknowledge and accept responsibility for maintaining their own personal safety, including but not limited to, utilizing their own PPE, practicing social distancing, and sanitizing themselves if they contact people or surfaces.  All participants understand there is currently a risk of contracting COVID-19 at any Troon Saguaro Amateur Series-administered event and accept sole liability for that risk.  I certify I meet the entry criteria. 

To Enter Online: Desert Amateur | Whirlwind Golf Club | Chandler, Arizona | December 6-9


  1. Print out the attached paper entry form. Entries will be filled on a first-come, first-serve up until the entry deadline of Nov. 25
  2. Mail to address below or scan/email form to with complete payment (credit card or check accepted). Make checks out to ‘Saguaro Amateur’ for the Desert Amateur.
  3. Enter Online:


Questions: Roy Edwards |

Entry Deadline: November 25, 2020  ENTER HERE: