(TUCSON/TUBAC, AZ) The Tubac Golf Resort & Spa is located 40 miles south of downtown Tucson. Take I 19 south to Chavez Siding Road (Exit 40) go left to the east side frontage road and turn right. Two miles on your left, you will see the Tubac archway entrance to the historic resort.
Tubac opened in the fall of 1959. One of the original owners was none other than Bing Crosby. You can stop by the Stables restaurant and see pictures of other Hollywood friends of Bing (John Wayne) who found the time to have dinner and a few drinks in relative obscurity!
Robert “Red” Lawrence was the architect who designed the original 18 holes. Two other courses of note he designed are the Desert Forest GC in Carefree Arizona, and the University of New Mexico South Course in Albuquerque. In September of 2006 local Golf Course Architect Ken Kavanaugh added nine more holes, enhancing the original Lawrence design. With 27 holes (Anza, Otero & Rancho) the golfer will find not only a pleasant challenge, but an experience not found anywhere else in Southern Arizona. Towering Cottonwood trees, thick groves of Mesquite and a flowing Santa Cruz River will lead you to believe that you may not be in the desert.
In 1995 many scenes in the movie Tin Cup with Kevin Costner and Rene Russo were filmed at Tubac. The most well known scene you may remember was filmed on the 4th hole of the Rancho course. This was the scene where Costner was caddying for Don Johnson and Don wanted to lay up with a seven iron. Costner said he could make it, and Peter Kostis, Gary McCord, Craig Stadler, and Phil Mickelson began wagering on whether or not he could. He did, and was immediately fired as the caddy. Another scene you may remember can be found as you drive from the frontage road into the resort. This was the scene where Costner and Johnson had a contest as to who could hit a seven iron the farthest. Costner was defeated as Johnson hit his shot down the road and through the archway, losing the pink slip to his Cadillac!
With 27 holes, I have two holes which I consider “Signature” holes and they are the before mentioned # 4 Rancho ,a par 5 of 568 yards, and the short but challenging 140 yard 9th hole on the Anza course. An Island green which requires a deft touch!
If you are looking for a unique experience a short drive from Tucson we look forward to having you as our guest! See you soon!
. . . representing the gals
READER REVIEW: By EMILY MASON AND ALEJANDRA LLANEZA
COURSES PLAYED: Rancho/Anza
If you need an escape from the typical desert golf course, Tubac Golf Resort has everything you are looking for and more. Not only will you find a lush landscape of green encompassing the course, but the layout is full of surprises. Hole #1 of the Rancho nine starts with a tee shot over the somewhat daunting Santa Cruz River. After becoming accustomed to the receptive greens, we reached hole #4, the par 5 where the famous scene from the popular movie Tin Cup was filmed. Of course, one of us attempted to reach it in two and found the water.
“To Add To The Challenge, We Reached The Par 5 Hole #8 At 595 Yards Which After Looking At The Hole … Nicknamed “The Trainwreck”, We Again Decided To Move To The Whites. ”
When we reached what they call “The Triangle” we did not know what we were in for. Hole #6 seemed easy before realizing at the end of the hole that it is actually a par 4 (433 yards from the blue tees we played)! On the par 3 Hole #7 we cheated and played the whites (we would have had to hit the driver to reach the hole at 233 yards). Then to add to the challenge, we reached the par 5 Hole #8 at 595 yards which after looking at the hole and seeing that it was nicknamed “the Trainwreck”, we again decided to move to the whites. After discovering the challenge of the tree center fairway and the enormous water hazard along the entire left side, we were content with our decision.
Before moving on to play the Anza nine, we stopped to grab a bite at La Cantina Grill, which we all agreed had the best breakfast burritos around. Anza played a bit easier than Rancho until we reached hole #5, where bunkers fill the fairway and water lines the right side up to the green. Rushing through the final holes to beat the incoming monsoon storm, we reached hole #9, a gorgeous par 3 island green with a gallery of cows in the background. As we finished, a friendly and helpful staff waited to help us to pack up before the storm hit. Great day at Tubac Golf Resort and completely worth the short drive from Tucson!
. . . representing the guys
READER REVIEW: By J.C MCABEE,
COURSES PLAYED: Rancho/Otero
Just a short 30 minute drive down I-19 lays the historic town of Tubac, home to the Tubac Golf Resort and Spa. This resort has not one, but THREE nine hole courses; The Rancho, the Otero, and the Anza. Your eighteen holes can be either the combination of the Anza/Otero courses, the Anza/Rancho courses, or the Rancho/Otero courses. Realistically speaking, it does not matter which course combination you play, you will definitely enjoy yourself. With plentiful trees, water hazards, and sand traps, one thing stands out…awesome views no matter where you are standing.
On this day I played the Rancho/Otero courses, and on your way to Rancho #1, you cross a cattle guard. I thought how strange that is until I remembered that I am on historic Otero Ranch, one of the largest cattle empires in Arizona history. It is from that 1st Tee that you get a taste of the awesome views that await you.
“Knowing That I Probably Couldn’t Outrun The Bull, I Really Focused On Not Hitting My Ball Towards His Harem. ”
As I stood on the tee box on Rancho #4, a long Par 5; I soon realized why a certain movie was filmed here. Looking down the fairway after my drive, and knowing that I’m no ‘Tin Cup’, I decide to lay up short of the lake. After a brief time out to look for the famous plaque, I moved on to finish the hole.
On this particularly humid day, I took several opportunities to cool myself in the shade of the many trees that are plentiful throughout the course. I was never without something cool to drink because the Beverage Cart Professional (aka the ‘cart girl’) comes around quite often. Teri the cart girl (she said she doesn’t mind being called the cart girl) always made sure I had plenty of ice to keep my beverage cool.
Moving on to Rancho #6, I see what appears to be rain clouds quickly forming overhead providing a brief respite from the sun while I tee it up.
Watch out for the ‘Tubac Triangle’ and the ‘Train wreck’ on Rancho, and remember the cattle guard on Rancho #1? Well, Rancho #9 takes you back over the Santa Cruz River right towards a pasture with several cows and one big bull. Knowing that I probably couldn’t outrun the bull, I really foc on not hitting my ball towards his harem. After clearing the river, and avoiding the bull, I breathe a sigh of relief and finish out the Rancho side of my round. I head back to the golf shop to refresh myself before moving on to the Otero course. The golf shop/cart area has a little casita to grab a quick snack or you can go inside to the dressing rooms/restrooms in needed.
After a short trip to Otero #1, you quickly realize how different this course is from the Rancho course. Yes, the fairways and greens are in great shape, but there are beautiful, historic looking homes lining just about every fairway. One thing remains constant though; the awesome views.
On #1 it looks like a monsoon is now approaching and I am certain I will be caught in it before I can finish my round. On my way to #2, Teri stops by to see if I need anything before she leaves for the day. As she heads out, she shares that “if it starts to storm, you can find shelter in the restroom on #5”.
As I tee it up on #3, sure enough it starts pouring down and thanks to the tip from Teri, I hop in the cart and make a beeline for the restroom. The restrooms, by the way, are very nice, very clean, and all have exterior drinking fountains dispensing cool water. Within 15 minutes I was back on the course and finishing up my round.
Although not as challenging as Rancho, the Otero Course was a fun course to play. I especially enjoyed Otero #8 a par three that requires good club selection to avoid missing the green completely, or landing in water. I plan to return and play Anza while taking advantage of the incredible summer rates being offered. These are simply great courses surrounded by an astounding resort offering amenties that entice you for an overnight stay!