Golf enthusiasts from around the world flock to Tucson, Arizona because of its mild year-round climate and challenging golf courses. Actually, some of the best golf courses in the world lie in the Tucson area. When in Tucson, conquer one or more of the following top golf courses.
Hilton Tucson El Conquistador Golf & Tennis Resort – This popular resort sits surrounded by the scenic Santa Catalina Mountains, offering breathtaking views to accompany rounds of golf. El Conquistador provides visitors with a full-service luxury hotel as well as Southern Arizona’s largest championship golf resort. Improve your golf skills on any of the three courses which boast a combined selection of 45 holes that players of all skill levels will appreciate. Try out The Hilton El Conquistador course, The Pusch Ridge course, The Canada course, or get pointers for your game at the resident golf academy.
Ritz-Carlton Golf Club at Dove Mountain – This is a fine example of a Jack Nicklaus golf course, containing 36 well-engineered holes that wind through the Tucson desert. Not only is the Ritz-Carlton golf course enjoyable and challenging, but it also offers stimulating views.
Loews Ventana Canyon Resort – An excellent choice for a golf vacation, the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort boasts an AAA Four-Diamond rating that provides 398 stunning rooms with private terraces so you can enjoy your stay as well as its two excellent golf courses designed by Tom Fazio, the Canyon Course and the Mountain Course. The resort sits in the foothills of the Catalina Mountains just 30 minutes from Tucson and contains a variety of activities such as bicycling, hiking, basketball, croquet, eight tennis courts and two swimming pools. Dine in luxury at the only 5-diamond restaurant in Tucson, the Ventana Room, or one of the resorts’s other 4 restaurants and lounges.
Pines Golf Club at Marana – One of the premier golf courses in Tucson can be found at the Pines Golf Club at Marana where gorgeous desert views full of trees and arid landscape change with the elevation. Ten of the course’s 18 holes run through an old gravel and sand quarry which help add to the unique mystic of this layout.
Arizona National Golf Course at Tucson – Sitting adjacent to the Coronado National Forest from the Santa Catalina foothills lies the beautifully designed Arizona National Golf Course at Tucson. This exciting course was created by Robert Trent Jones, Jr. and utilizes the natural flow of the desert countryside. Some of Tucson’s most scenic views can be enjoyed here with the Santa Catalina Mountains and towering saguaros cacti as a backdrop.
Heritage Highlands Golf Course at Marana – Arthur Hills designed this exotic course which is quite challenging, even for low handicappers. The entire 18-hole course will test a golfer’s skills with the front 9 holes winding through closely guarded greens and the back 9 holes climbing into land dotted by sparkling lakes and surrounded by mountainous terrain.
Canoa Hills Golf Club – This trendy course follows the natural rolling hills and subtle ravines of the Santa Cruz River Valley to provide 6,610 yards of challenging golf and stunning countryside views. The large greens found along the course are considered to be some of southern Arizona’s best putting turfs. As you work your way through the 18-hole, par-72 course, keep an eye out for area wildlife bustling among the desert vegetation and mesquite trees.
Forty-Niner Country Club Golf Course – This beautiful 18-hole course lies between the Rincon and Catalina Mountain ranges and runs along a riverbed that is dotted with desert vegetation and old trees. The gentle layout of the terrain is good for all skill levels and allows golfers to easily walk the entire course while enjoying the view.
Starr Pass Country Club – Located on the grounds of the JW Marriott Starr Pass Golf Resort and Spa, the Starr Pass Country Club golf course features three diverse 9-hole selections to choose from. Bob and Arnold Palmer designed this fun set consisting of the Roadrunner, the Coyote and the Rattler all of which opened for play in 2003. Exhilarating views of the mountains, desert and the city of Tucson can be enjoyed while playing on the 9-holer of your choice.
San Ignacio Golf Course – Seated within Tucson’s San Ignacio Golf Club, you’ll enjoy a championship 18-hole course designed by the great Arthur Hills. This golf course offers amazing views of the Santa Rita Mountains, but don’t get too distracted because it also provides some unique golfing challenges.