With more than 40 courses, Tucson’s vibrant and varied golf scene ranges from its five municipal layouts (including former PGA TOUR sites El Rio and Randolph North), to the magnificent Robert Trent Jones Jr.- designed Arizona National Golf Club next to the Coronado National Forest, to The Stone Canyon Club in Oro Valley, which Phil Mickelson just added to his golf-property portfolio. Most, if not all, of the best layouts in the area are attached to resorts. The showpiece of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe-owned Casino Del Sol hotel, the stunning Notah Begay/Ty Butler-designed layout at Sewailo Golf Club is the University of Arizona Wildcats’ home course. A former home of the Tucson Open, the JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort boasts three nines (Coyote, Road Runner and Rattler) designed by Arnold Palmer, while the Westin La Paloma and the erstwhile WGC Match Play site at Dove Mountain Golf Club at the Ritz- Carlton (in nearby Marana) both feature 27 Jack Nicklaus-designed holes.
In the Tortolita Mountains of Marana, virtually adjacent to Dove Mountain’s Tortolita, Wild Burro and Saguaro nines, lie the North and South 18s at The Gallery Golf Club. In Oro Valley, the Ca ada, Conquistador and nine-hole Pusch Ridge layouts comprise a scenic 45 holes at El Conquistador Tucson, a Hilton Resort. visittucson.org
Ventana Golf & Racquet Club spoils members and guests of the boutique Lodge at Ventana Canyon with two stunning Tom Fazio-designed championship courses, the Canyon and the Mountain, which both blend magically into the natural features of the Santa Catalinas. Guests of Loews Ventana Canyon, which borders the Canyon’s 18th hole, have limited playing privileges. thelodgeatventanacanyon.com
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