Arizona Getaways: Omni Tucson

With two 18-hole bangers and four restaurants, The Omni Tucson resort is ideal for weekend getaways

Omni Tucson National Resort |


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Omni calls this beautiful facility a large-small resort. It has 130 rooms, cozier than the typical resort, but is spread out over 300 acres, and has two 18-hole bangers and four restaurants. The resort is ideal for weekend getaways or as a staging area for a full exploration of the best of Tucson.

On the Course

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Omni Tucson’s two courses give players a lot of options. The Catalina Course is a traditional parkland track with trees and lakes that would not be out of place in the Midwest. It has hosted more than 30 PGA Tour events and stretches out to 7,200 yards from the back, but a manageable 6,400 or 5,700 for us humans. Designed by Robert Van Hagge and Bruce Devlin, it features a fantastic test that includes the famous No. 18, which for many years was ranked as the hardest finishing hole on all the PGA Tour stops.

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Then there is the Sonoran Course. Redesigned by Tom Lehman in 2005 it is the resort’s nod to its desert home. Fairways are a little wider, natural grasses prevail on the sides of the fairways, and the design calls for precision as some fairway landing areas are much kinder than others. The courses are available to the public but stay-and-play packages make the best of the all-in-one opportunity.

The Resort

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Omni has upgraded the resort, and it has everything from spa facilities, workout, golf, swimming, tennis and for the fitness traveler it can be a great launchpad for hiking or biking excursions into the surrounding desert. The facility is on Tucson’s north side, giving it easy access to the Tucson airport, or as a destination as part of a golf itinerary from Phoenix down to the south.  Recent room upgrades have added a full line of suite options. The Mokara Spa on the resort grounds offers the perfect place to recharge. The four restaurants at the Omni Tucson offer the full range of options. Bob’s Steak and Chop House is ready for the beef-curious and offers excellent options for steaks, chops, seafood and cocktails. The Desert Farmer offers delicious breakfast and brunch fare. The Peak lobby bar offers a quick respite, and the newly renovated Legends Bar and Grill is the spot for a post-round drink.

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