A Short Drive … MILES From The Ordinary: The Lodge at Ventana Canyon in Tucson, AZ is unique among major resort destinations because it is the home of the renowned Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club. It is owned by a consortium of members of that club, not a corporation headquartered halfway across the nation. They demand the finest for themselves but graciously share their facilities with guests of the Lodge, a comfortable 50-room boutique lodging facility nestled in the foothills at the base of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains.
Here they share the same dining and banquet rooms, golf courses, tennis courts, spa, swimming facilities, and other resort amenities available to private club members. And what amenities there are! The Lodge consistently ranks among the best resorts both nationally and worldwide in Travel and Leisure, Conde Nast Traveler and Golf Magazine. These highly coveted awards are due to the two Tom Fazio-designed 18-hole golf courses, the dozen lighted tennis courts, beautiful swimming complex and the highly trained staff that works hard every day to be sensitive to your every need.
The Lodge enjoys one of the most scenic locations in the Southwest. One might say it is wrapped discretely in the Sonoran Desert environment, sharing its setting with fascinating wildlife and truly inspiring views of rugged escarpments and dramatic sunrises and sunsets.
For Ventana members, their guests and sophisticated travelers who have chosen to make the Lodge their home away from home, every leisure activity anyone could possibly desire other than ice fishing, perhaps – is readily available.
Golf at Ventana is nationally renowned due to the two Tom Fazio-designed championship golf courses set in the beautiful Sonoran Desert. These challenging courses offer not only an exceptional golf experience, but a unique interaction with nature. Throughout your play you will encounter desert foliage along with wildlife such as deer, roadrunners, quail, rabbits, bobcats and birds of every description.
Both the Mountain and Canyon courses provide challenges for the skilled golfer hitting from the championship tees. Others can test their prowess from any of four sets of tees, which make the courses playable for golfers of all skill levels.
The Mountain Course is home to the most photographed hole west of the Mississippi, Mountain Number 3. This 107yard
par 3 offers a breathtaking panorama that stretches for a hundred miles across the Sonoran Desert into Mexico. The Mountain Course is a desert-style target course with many changes in elevation and several elevated tees.
The Canyon Course Winds through the inspiring beauty of Esperero Canyon and incorporates the massive rock formation known as Whaleback Rock. From the course’s highest point, the tee for the 13th hole, there is an inspiring view of the entire east valley.
In addition to the two spectacular courses, Ventana’s practice facility is available to guests, offering a full swing area, short game range, bunker area and two full-size, putting greens. Ventana golf school also offers guests half-day, full-day or three-day instruction packages to suit your needs.
Come see what golf enthusiasts nationwide tout as one of their favorite experiences, The Lodge at Ventana Canyon. For more information, visit them online at