TUBAC GOLF RESORT & SPA
The Four Diamond-rated Tubac Golf Resort & Spa heads a trio of classic Arizona resort properties—each dripping with history, intimacy and irresistible charm.
- Posada King or 2 Queen Room**
- 2 rounds of 18-holes of golf per night
Swing Away Golf package includes a Posada King or 2 Queen Guest Room, use of the sauna and whirlpool Spa amenities, practice and storage facilities at the Golf Course, access to the Fitness Center and Business Centers. The package is $349 per night, plus tax and resort fee, is based on availability and is valid 9/28/18-12/30/18. Black out dates may apply. Packages may not be combined and are not applicable for group wedding, golf or meeting bookings.
**To Book a Hacienda or Casita Suite add $30 per night.
Situated 40 miles from Tucson and 25 from the Mexican border, Tubac occupies 500 acres of the Otero Ranch (established 1789), once the largest of its kind west of the Mississippi River. Twenty-seven holes of lush, tree-lined golf (the Anza, Otero and Rancho nines) designed by Red Lawrence and Ken Kavanaugh now inhabit a sizable portion of land that straddles the Santa Cruz River and looks out on the Santa Rita Mountains.
Cattle still graze behind the island green on the Anza’s 140-yard par-3 ninth, where the bovines comprise a far less intimidating gallery than the spectators sitting behind the tee at the Stables Patio Bar. “You see people all the time cheering great shots to the flag and perhaps less than cheering shots that find the surrounding water.” says Tubac’s Head Golf Professional Kristie Fowler.
Also unique is the course’s role in the movie Tin Cup. On the Rancho nine’s 568-yard par-5 fourth hole Roy McAvoy (Kevin Costner), caddying for David Simms (Don Johnson), gets home in two by carrying the pond in front of the green with a 3-wood while Johnson lays up with a 7-iron—the same club McAvoy uses in the bet with Simms near Tubac’s mission-style entry arch and in the scene where he and his caddie (Cheech Marin) break all but that club on Rancho’s third hole.
“People still ask about the Tin Cup hole,” says Fowler, the LPGA’s 2017 Professional of the Year, who has capitalized on the connection to the film—and the cows—with some creative merchandise in the golf shop. “We also have a plaque on Rancho’s fourth fairway immortalizing the 3-wood shot.”
Tubac changes its course rotation daily, so guests can play all 27 holes during a two-day stay. Few visitors, however, are so quick to depart. The 52 Hacienda King and 16 Casita suites cosset guests with rich leather furnishings, one-of-a-kind appointments, fireplaces, private patios and walk-out access to all amenities, including the golf course, world-class Aveda spa and salon, mission-style chapel (a stellar wedding site), fitness center, refurbished resort pool, spanking new lap pool and the silo-flanked Otero Barn—home of Pancho’s Resource and Design, a home décor candy store colorfully brimming with one-of-a-kind Southwestern furniture, lighting fixtures, mirrors and other objects.
Some of those objects appoint the suites, the rooms of the Otero House, the original home of the ranching family (available for lodging), and the 29 magnificently upgraded Posada Guest Rooms that—together with increased Wi-Fi bandwidth and numerous other enhancements—helped elevate the resort to AAA Four Diamond Status in March, according to General Manager Linda Cormier.
Tubac’s Stables Ranch Grille and Patios also contribute to the resort’s high standing. Its authentic rustic ambiance and views of the “island green” and the Santa Ritas pair perfectly with its impeccable seasonal cuisine and extensive wine and cocktail list. The bar scene is second to none. And for a quick burrito before golf or between nines, sit at La Cantina’s shaded tables right by the pro shop.
From the resort, it’s a mile by bike or on foot along the Anza Trail into the quaint, no-stoplight town of Tubac, a one-square mile village where artists and shopowners often leave works overnight on the tree-lined streets without worry. World-class galleries overflow with paintings, sculptures, ceramics and photography. Fountains tuck into hidden courtyards and shops peddle local crafts and jewelry. Make sure to wash down the moles at Elvira’s or the black bean burger at Shelby’s Bistro with a margarita or cerveza fría.
“It stands up to Taos or Santa Fe or Sedona in terms of sophistication,” says Patti Todd, who once served as president of the Tubac Chamber of Commerce. “People often come from Tucson just to spend the day.“
And Tubac Resort & Spa is much the same. Compared to most desert golf resorts, where the environment demands target shots to pods of green, Tubac lets you play in a lush environment. As Todd says: “It’s like vacationing at a posh Mexican resort without crossing the border.”
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