The Best of Tucson's Golf Courses and Golf Resorts

There are not as many golf courses in Tucson as there are in the Greater Scottsdale/Phoenix area, but those listed here make for an extraordinary golf vacation or getaway. Tucson is one of the United States’ most underrated golf destinations. Some of the golf courses in Tucson rank among the very best in the world. Some are well-kept secrets. If you're planning a golf outing to Tucson, this guide will provide you with ideas about where to play.

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    A general view of the 13th hole is seen during the quarterfinal round of the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club on February 25, 2012 in Marana, Arizona.
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    The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, my all-time favorite. The layout is pure Jack Nicklaus, and so it should be, for this is one of the master's finest Signature Golf Courses - 36 incredible desert holes and a remarkable piece of agronomic engineering. It’s both a visual delight and one of the most enjoyable/playable tracts we've come across in a long time.

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    ••• Arizona National Golf Course. Photograph Courtesy of Arizona National Golf Club

    Robert Trent Jones Jr. took full advantage of the natural flow of the terrain and designed the course around nine natural springs, intimidating craggy outcrops of rock, shady, mesquite-lined arroyos and some of the most beautiful and spectacular scenery to be found anywhere in the Southwestern USA.

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    The Hampton Inn Tucson is included in this list because it's such an obvious choice as a place to stay while in the Tucson area. The property is located just off I-10 on Grant Road, close to all the area's best courses. It's also close to the convention center, the University of Arizona campus, and a ton of great restaurants. As with all Hampton Inns, you'll find the hotel provides a consistent level of clean, comfortable accommodations.​

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    ••• Pusch Ridge Golf Course. Photo Courtesy of El Conquistador

    The Hilton El Conquistador is the largest golf resort in Southern Arizona offering 45-holes of championship golf on three different courses: The Hilton E l Conquistador, The Canada, and Pusch Ridge. These three courses, along with its golf academy, cater to golf enthusiasts of all levels of skill.

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    Hilton Tucson Conquistador Course

    The 18-hole Conquistador Course plays 6,801 yards for a par of 71 with a course rating of 72.7 and a slope of 126. Two par 5's can be reached with two perfectly placed shots giving them real birdie potential.

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    Hilton Tucson Canada Course

    The 18-hole Canada course plays 6,288 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 69.7 and it has a slope rating of 132 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Greg H. Nash and Jeff D. Hardin, the Canada golf course opened in 1982. Hilton Hotels manages this facility.

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    Hilton Tucson Pusch Ridge Course

    The 9-hole Pusch Ridge course plays just short of 3,000 yards for a par-35 with a 65.6 rating and a slope of 110. Designed by Greg H. Nash and Jeff D. Hardin, the Pusch Ridge golf course opened in 1983.

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    Good course management is the key to a low score at Forty Niner Country Club. Accuracy off the tee and shot placement are more important than distance, especially when confronted by the dogleg holes on the course. The 18-hole Forty Niner course plays 6,630 yards from the tips for a par of 72, a course rating is 71.3 and a slope of 124 on Bermuda grass.

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    Heritage Highlands Golf Course at Marana

    The 18-hole Heritage Highlands course plays 6,904 yards from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.5 and it has a slope rating of 136. Designed by Arthur Hills, the Heritage Highlands golf course opened in 1997.

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    The accommodations are unique: handcrafted furnishings, painted tiles, punched tin headboards, and creative artwork make for décor experienced nowhere else – this is a fun, comfortable and convenient place to stay while you’re in the Tucson area. The hotel facilities include a large swimming pool, the obligatory spa, a well-equipped fitness center, and meeting space. 

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    Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, Tucson

    As a golf resort, Loews is best known for its two excellent Tom Fazio-designed courses. It's not all just about golf; however, as you'll find an incredible selection of activities available including two swimming pools, eight tennis courts, hiking, bicycling, croquet, ping pong, and basketball.

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    The 18-hole Canyon Course at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort plays 6,819 yards from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.3 and it has a slope rating of 140. Designed by Tom Fazio, the Canyon golf course opened in 1984.

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    Loews Ventana Canyon - Mountain Course

    The 18-hole Mountain Course at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort plays 6,898 yards from the longest tees for a par of 72. The course rating is 73 and it has a slope rating of 147 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Tom Fazio, the Mountain golf course opened in 1984.

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    The landscape is unique, arid, featuring dramatic elevation changes and stark terrain complimented by the addition of thousands of trees. The Pines Golf Club at Marana is rated one of Tucson's premier courses. It offers an extraordinary golf experience, one you won’t want to miss.

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    The 18-hole "San Ignacio" course at the San Ignacio Golf Club plays 6,704 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 71. The course rating is 72 and it has a slope rating of 135. Designed by Arthur Hills, the San Ignacio golf course opened for play in 1989.

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    The 27-hole golf complex at the Starr Pass Golf Club facility in Tucson, Arizona features three separate nine-hole courses: the Cayote, the Rattler, and the Roadrunner. Designed by Bob and Arnold Palmer, the golf courses opened for play in 2003. Marriott Golf manages this facility.

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    The 18-hole "Vistoso" course at The Golf Club at Vistoso plays 6,935 yards from the tips for a par of 72. The course rating is 72.1 and it has a slope rating of 145 on Bermuda grass. Designed by Tom Weiskopf, the Vistoso golf course opened for play in 1995.