TUCSON

United States, Arizona

TUCSON

The charm of the American Southwest

There is an air of mysterious beauty carved from the Sonoran Desert, a landscape rich with tropical vegetation, Catalina Mountains, cascading water and sunshine.

Arizona National Golf Club, formerly known as The Raven Golf Club at Sabino Springs, is Southern Arizona desert golf at its finest. The golf course follows the rugged natural flow of the land across shady mesquite-lined arroyos and skirts craggy rock outcroppings.

Architect
ROBERT TRENT JONES JR.
Distance
6776 yards
Holes
18 holes
Normale
71
Opening year
1995

The 18-hole Cañada course is a 6,713-yard par 72 with a rating of 72.2 and a slope of 140. The greens were renovated in the summer of 2000, but retains the charm and challenge of high-desert golf popular for over a decade. The natural terrain comes into play as fairways wind through ravines and arroyos. The challenge of this course is in the proper club selection. Many golfers prefer the Cañada course because it demands a good deal of strategy, requiring a player to use every club. There’s a lot of variety on Cañada – with considerable mounding, doglegs and elevation changes from the tee to the green. There are many birdie opportunities on the par 4’s, but the risk may outweigh the reward for some golfers.

Hole #16 presents special challenges because the 533-yard, par 5 doglegs to the left. A perfect drive may leave the golfer in the position to go for the green on the second shot. But the risk is high because the green is protected by water and by drastic mounding and three huge bunkers behind the green.

The signature hole is the 183-yard 8th hole, considered by many to be the toughest par 3 in Tucson. Players drive uphill along a narrow ridge and aim between two towering Saguaro cacti just 40 yards out from the tee box. The green is surrounded by natural desert that falls into canyons on either side of the green. Both the 4th and 5th holes begin from elevated tee boxes surrounded by cacti, which give the player the opportunity to experience “target golf”. Players must hit strong; well-executed tee shots on these par 4’s to land the ball in these narrow fairways.

Architect
GREG NASH
Distance
6713 yards
Holes
18 holes
Normale
72

The resort’s premier course, the 18-hole Conquistador is a 6,801-yard par 71 with a rating of 72.7 and a slope of 126. Recently renovated, the course provides an exceptional golf experience for all skill levels. The re-shaped fairways and greens create an exceptionally playable course. The new 419 Tiffway hybrid Bermuda turf allows for better lies on the fairways and Tiff Eagle on the greens produces truer and quicker putts. The new landscaping adjacent to the fairways means the desert rarely comes into play except as a beautiful backdrop for every round. The course offers a variety of short par 5’s and long par 4’s with dramatic mountain views and elevation changes.

The 5th hole is a 541-yard par 5 with a lake and bunkers protecting the two-tiered green. Two long woods will allow the player an opportunity to get home in two. But a head wind will typically prevail, and hinder most opportunities to eagle the hole. The back 9 includes two par 5’s with birdie potential, but heavy bunkering challenges players.

The signature hole is #16, providing memorable views of Pusch Ridge while trying to avoid any of the 16 strategically placed bunkers.

Architect
GREG NASH
Distance
6801 yards
Holes
18 holes
Normale
71

Heritage Highlands is a diverse course in playing environments. The front nine holes play through the flats, offering subtle undulation and unforgettable character. The back nine is an interesting and challenging change of pace, playing through hilly terrain, wrapping around mountains and meandering by lakes. The course is laden with risk/reward opportunities which test the skills of the novice and the most seasoned golfers.

Architect
ARTHUR HILLS
Distance
6904 yards
Holes
18 holes
Normale
72
Opening year
1997

Host to over 30 PGA Tour Events (Chrysler Classic of Tucson).
Annual host of the University of Arizona Invitational.
2006 host of the NCAA Regional’s.
Selected as one of Golf Digest’s “75 Best Golf Resorts in North America”.
Parkland style with 8 sparkling lakes and 80 bunkers.
18th hole considered to be one of the finest and most challenging finishing holes on the PGA Tour.
Fairways feature Tifway 419 pollen-free Bermuda.
Greens feature Champion Bermuda.

Architect
ROBERT VAN HAGGE & BRUCE DEVLIN
Distance
7262 yards
Holes
18 holes
Location
2727 W Club Dr, Tucson, Arizona 85742, Pima County
Normale
73

Desert style course with 2 lakes and 69 strategically placed bunkers.
Opened in December 2005.
Designed by Tom Lehman.
Fairways feature Tifway 419 pollen-free Bermuda.
Greens feature Mini Verde Bermuda.

Architect
TOM LEHMAN
Distance
6065 yards
Holes
18 holes
Location
2727 W Club Dr, Tucson, Arizona 85742, Pima County
Normale
79
Opening year
2005

The Pines Golf Club at Marana is one of the Tucson area’s more unique plays. In 2000, the former Links at Continental Ranch was closed and renovated in conjunction with the neighboring quarry to its present form. Ten holes are now featured … [ read more… ]within the quarry, mostly coming on the back nine, while the other eight were altered. Some 1,000 pines were also added throughout the golf course to remove the links character.

The entire golf course plays on the short side, just 6,486 yards, but is very tight in most spots, especially within the quarry. The Pines Golf Club at Marana’s 12th hole is 574 yards and very narrow as it runs above the quarry to the right. The course’s par 3s are especially demanding, none more so than the 12th: 254 yards to an elevated green. There are four sets of tees here playing to just under 4,900 from the forward set.

Architect
BRIAN HUNTLEY & GILMORE & GRAVES
Distance
6318 yards
Holes
18 holes
Normale
71
Opening year
2000

Blending the natural Sonoran Desert landscape of Tucson with picturesque lakes and streams, Sewailo measures over 7,400 yards from the championship tees, with five different tee boxes on each hole to allow for players of all abilities. It is universally recognized as one of the top golf experiences in Arizona. Designed with a rolling natural Tucson terrain, Sewailo features arroyos and streams with elevation changes, and natural hazards coming into play. Smooth yet undulating greens await your approach shots.

Architect
NOTAH BEGAY III
Distance
7283 yards
Holes
18 holes
Location
5655 W Valencia Rd, Tucson, AZ 85757, USA
Normale
72
Opening year
2013

This is a typical desert course where shot accuracy is needed if you wish to score low. There are several required shots over desert landscaping. Some of the greens and tees are elevated, providing a wide variety of differences in elevation throughout the course. This club previously hosted the PGA Northern Telecom Open.

Architect
BOB CUPP
Distance
6910 yards
Holes
18 holes
Normale
71
Opening year
1985

Legendary champion Jack Nicklaus took advantage of the High Sonoran Desert setting to integrate strategy, variety and fair shot values into his Signature Design golf course at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain is his first Tucson golf course in 25 years, playing at elevations ranging from 2,300 to 3,200 feet. Nicklaus created 27 holes with unique challenges and distinct character, blending naturally among noble saguaros and the surrounding Tortolita Mountain Range.

The courses strike a balance between fulfilling the desired resort experience and meeting club membership standards. Host to the Accenture Match Play Championship, which returns Feb. 21-27, 2011, this world-class competition features the top 64 players in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Enjoy executing the same golf shots that require the imagination and creativity from the world’s leading champions at this breathtaking resort. Nicklaus purposefully designed this golf course to be challenging yet enjoyable to play time and time again.

Architect
JACK NICKLAUS
Distance
3894 yards
Holes
9 holes
Normale
36
Opening year
2009

Plus de 6.200 hectares de collines, canyons et de vie à flanc de montagne dans les monts Tortolita, juste au nord de Tucson, en Arizona.

Dove Mountain est une communauté de golf aménagée dans le désert de Sonora avec un climat climat qui fera ressortir le meilleur de vous-même. Dove Mountain est le foyer de la World Golf Championship-Accenture Match Play Championship. Chaque février, les 64 meilleurs joueurs du monde s’affrontent sur le parcours de golf Jack Nicklaus Signature au club Ritz-Carlton Golf, Dove Mountain.

Architect
JACK NICKLAUS
Distance
3955 yards
Holes
9 holes
Normale
36
Opening year
2009

Legendary champion Jack Nicklaus took advantage of the High Sonoran Desert setting to integrate strategy, variety and fair shot values into his Signature Design golf course at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain is his first Tucson golf course in 25 years, playing at elevations ranging from 2,300 to 3,200 feet. Nicklaus created 27 holes with unique challenges and distinct character, blending naturally among noble saguaros and the surrounding Tortolita Mountain Range.

The courses strike a balance between fulfilling the desired resort experience and meeting club membership standards. Host to the Accenture Match Play Championship, which returns Feb. 21-27, 2011, this world-class competition features the top 64 players in the Official World Golf Ranking.

Enjoy executing the same golf shots that require the imagination and creativity from the world’s leading champions at this breathtaking resort. Nicklaus purposefully designed this golf course to be challenging yet enjoyable to play time and time again.

Architect
JACK NICKLAUS
Distance
3897 yards
Holes
9 holes
Normale
36
Opening year
2009

This desert course was built atop the natural landscape. The fairways afford generous landing areas, and the traditional greens are fast and well bunkered. “Golf Digest” nominated this as the 14th “Best in State” course for 1997-98.

Architect
TOM WEISKOPF
Distance
6954 yards
Holes
18 holes
Normale
72
Opening year
1995

The Canyon Golf Course winds through the inspiring beauty of Esperro Canyon and incorporates the massive rock formation known as Whaleback Rock. It’s a visit with nature that not only includes the beauty of the desert foliage, but also a visit with wildlife such as deer, roadrunners, quail, rabbits, bobcats and birds of every description.

Architect
TOM FAZIO
Distance
6819 yards
Holes
18 holes
Normale
72
Opening year
1998

A classic desert-style, target course, the Mountain has many changes in elevation and several elevated tees. Putting is a challenge because the greens are undulating and typically fast. It’s a visit with nature that not only includes the beauty of the desert foliage, but also a visit with wildlife such as deer, roadrunners, quail, rabbits, bobcats and birds of every description.

Architect
TOM FAZIO & ANDY BANFIELD
Distance
6898 yards
Holes
18 holes
Normale
72
Opening year
1984

The 3,463 yard par 36 Hill course is the most recent addition to La Paloma Country Club. Starting golfers off with stunning views of the Santa Catalina Mountains, the Jack Nicklaus design weaves its way through the Sonoran Desert landscape, presenting numerous encounters with natural arroyos, saguaro cacti and risk/reward shot decisions. The Hill course Rating/Slope information is based off of the 18-hole combination of the Hill and Ridge courses.

Architect
JACK NICKLAUS
Distance
3534 yards
Holes
9 holes
Location
3800 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718
Normale
36
Opening year
2012

The Ridge course, at 3,554 yards and par 36, is considered by many to be the most picturesque nine holes you can play in Southern Arizona. Jack Nicklaus combined the spectacular views with a natural desert landscape design that demands careful shot selection. The Ridge Rating/Slope information is based off of the 18-hole combination of the Ridge and Canyon courses.

Architect
JACK NICKLAUS
Distance
3554 yards
Holes
9 holes
Location
3800 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718
Normale
36
Opening year
2012

True to its name, this 3,534 yard par 36 layout offers numerous elevated tee shots down to the manicured fairways at the bottom of the desert canyon through which the course has been created. Jack Nicklaus designed a challenging, but fair, experience that rewards well placed shots. The Canyon Rating/Slope information is based off of the 18-hole combination of the Ridge and Canyon courses.

Architect
JACK NICKLAUS
Distance
3534 yards
Holes
9 holes
Location
3800 East Sunrise Drive, Tucson, AZ 85718
Normale
36
Opening year
2012

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