In today’s world of daily fee golf, on line bookings, and playing a different golf course with different people every other round, there is something missing in golf that many of us grew up with…a true private country club. A country club is a place where family and friends gather together to play golf, eat, drink, and socialize with each other on a regular and familiar basis. A club provides a golf course that you enjoy playing frequently; a course where you get to know the nuance of each hole and every break on the greens, a course that each time you play it only gets better and better. While we tend to think this way of the old great golf clubs in the suburbs of most big cities back east, we are blessed with just such a club here in Tucson at Oro Valley Country Club, located in the upscale NW Tucson community of Oro Valley.
The golf course is a very traditional layout, tee to green fairways, no desert carries or cacti to get tangled up with and trees of all shapes and size framing almost every hole. In fact, unlike most courses in our area, OV overseeds wall to wall. That means no dormant Bermuda in the rough and everything is lush green… isn’t that what we want to see on a golf course? Stretching out to just over 7,000 yards from the tips there are tees for all levels of players. Good, because tee shots are critical at OV; lots of doglegs guarded by big trees and corner bunkers that demand accuracy to set up for the approach shot. The greens are possibly some of the finest greens you can putt on anywhere. Bent grass, smooth as glass and just as fast. While true at any golf course, there is one overriding rule here to score well…try to leave it below the hole. Any downhill putt can go sliding past the hole so far you are praying not to three putt.
While all the holes are different and offer their own challenge, I think the #11 par five is one of the best. After a good drive, you come around the corner of the dogleg and can finally glimpse the green off in the distance and up the hill. Keep it on the left side on your second shot to avoid the moguls on the right and as mentioned before, keep your approach below the hole on this two tiered green where everything breaks back towards the fairway. The signature finishing hole #18 is a beautiful par four. The pond runs down the entire left side of the fairway and a line of trees guard the right, demanding a very accurate and long tee ball. Any approach shot pulled left will find you wet and over favoring the right may put you in a bunker facing the lake on the other side of the slippery green.
Since the only way to play Oro Valley Country Club is to be a member or a guest of a member, you may want to consider one of the many affordable membership opportunities available. Do the math on how often you pay to play and you may find membership to even be a savings. The tangible benefits that come along with joining the club are many; great dining facilities, full fitness center, tennis courts and of course a great golf course. But the real value comes in the pride of membership, the personal service provided by a staff you will easily get to know, and the great friends you will meet who share your love for the club and the golf course.