Tee off this Winter in Tucson, Arizona

Saguaro National Park

Set in the beauty of the Sonoran Desert, Tucson, Arizona provides a perfect backdrop for some time on the greens.

Omni Tucson National in the Tucson, Arizona desert

With 40 courses and more than 300 days of sunshine, your options for building a perfect golf getaway are limitless.

Test your accuracy on a desert-style course or go big on more traditional layouts. No matter the course, Tucson is packed year-round with affordable options at resorts and municipal courses.

Ventana Canyon in Tucson, Arizona

Whether opting to tee off on sunny courses, or taking a day to relax and recharge, Tucson offers the best of both worlds. Experience a range of luxury resorts equipped with spas and spectacular golf courses, like JW Marriott Starr Pass, Westin La Paloma and Sewailo Golf Club at Casino Del Sol Resort. Or, swing by world-class spas like Canyon Ranch or Miraval and treat your significant other while you’re on the course with the scents, textures and healing properties of the Sonoran Desert.

If you’re ready to put your skills to the test, play the challenging course Omni Tucson National Resort, home to the PGA TOUR® Champions Tucson Cologuard Classic, or play 45 holes of championship golf among breathtaking views at El Conquistador Golf & Tennis in Oro Valley.

Hiking among the saguaros

Another must-play are the courses at the Lodge at Ventana Canyon – inspired by nature and sprinkled with saguaro cactus, this resort blends into the southwestern landscape with two PGA TOUR Tom Fazio-designed courses. The signature third hole, a short par three, is tucked into the rugged rocks of the Santa Catalina Mountains and plays across a canyon of cacti offering a breathtaking view that stretches into Mexico. Bring your camera with you! The Canyon Course takes another route winding down through the rugged canyon scenery – this desert gem features generous fairways and impressive views throughout.

Looking for more outdoor fun? There are plenty of opportunities to go beyond the greens with national parks encircling the city. Find convenient access to hiking and biking trails wherever you decide to play. Or, indulge your culinary curiosity – known for its borderland culture and extraordinary fusion cuisine, Tucson was chosen as the first UNESCO City of Gastronomy in the USA. The city is also home to the “Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food,” a self-guided tour of local, authentic Mexican-style eateries.

Still ready to play? After the sun goes down, Tucson’s vibrant nightlife comes alive in downtown Tucson with music, street fairs, craft beer-tastings, and more. Beyond the city’s historic center, prepare to be mesmerized by Tucson’s night skies – from the Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium, to the Mt. Lemmon SkyCenter observatory.

Tucson, Arizona cuisine in the desert

Learn more at VisitTucson.org/Golf.

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