(GREEN VALLEY, AZ) We had an 8:52 tee time on a sunny and warm February morning at Torres Blancas Golf Club in Green Valley. We checked in quickly and were warming up at the range within minutes. There was adequate room at the range and the practice green so there was no waiting. An “on deck” call was announced so we made our way to the first tee. I was playing with my buddy Marcos and we were paired up with George from Michigan and Dick from Ohio. We all introduced ourselves and while discussing what tees we would play, Dick realized that I was looking at the wrong side of the two-sided scorecard. One side is for Torres Blancas and the other side is for their sister course, Canoa Ranch.
Amazingly enough, my opening tee shot found the middle of the fairway and it was only after my approach from about 100 yards careened off the back of the green that Dick mentioned how firm the greens were. He was right. The greens were tough to hold unless you came on from really high or played a shot that bounced up to the green. Another lesson I learned on the 2nd green was that you really need to be below the hole. The greens ran very true but were relatively quick and the pins were in some precarious spots. It seemed like the majority of the greens sloped from back to front. I hate a 3-putt as much as the next guy so I found that an approach shot that came up just short on the fringe was better than ending up long. The aprons of the greens were closely mowed which made it very practical to use your “Texas Wedge” from just off the putting surface. My mid-west playing partners were used to having 2 to 3 inch rough around the greens and would chip even when only inches off the green with mixed results.
I am happy to report that I didn’t cause any property damage during my round though there are a few tee boxes where that possibility presents itself. The 8th hole, for example, is a slight dogleg right, par 4 with houses down the right side. Naturally you’d just aim a little more left until you realize that there is a wash down the left side with an extremely sharp drop off. Don’t get too close to the wash as it appears that chunks of fairway tumble off the edge frequently. The fairways themselves were in really nice shape. I don’t know what type of grass they were but they allow you to take a decent sized divot without impeding your swing. There is dormant grass that flanks the fairways that is of nominal height and not punitive to play from. I’m not really a “beach” guy but I found myself in a greenside bunker on three occasions. The first resulted in an absolute fried egg! The sand was a good 5 to 6 inches deep and very loose. It took everything I had to extract the ball. I realized that the second bunker had only about a half an inch of sand after scalding my shot across the green. I was able to get up and down from the third which I felt had just the right amount of sand in it – probably 2 to 3 inches.
The course is surrounded by the beautiful Santa Rita Mountain Range, the Santa Cruz River and acres of pecan groves. There are three lakes on the course and I am pleased to say that none of my Titleists now reside in them. The fairways are generous, only a few holes require a carry of any distance, there are not many tall trees that would require you to shape your shots, the residences are typically not close enough to pose a problem, the rough is forgiving, the bunkers are somewhat inconsistent, the greens are firm and true, and Sunny (the friendly young lady running the beverage cart) had lots of cold beer and makes a delicious, spicy, Bloody Mary. After our round we had a very nice lunch in the clubhouse.
All in all, we were quite pleased with Torres Blancas Golf Club and would definitely recommend the course to golfers of all levels. There are 4 men’s tee boxes ranging from 5725 to 7111 yards so whether you are a long hitter or more of a “short and straight” guy, you will enjoy this course. I live on the northwest side of Tucson and was able to get to the course in just under 40 minutes. The course is about 25 miles south of Tucson. I’m glad to say “it was worth the drive”. . . .
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SATT READER REVIEW: BY Josie Trapnell (above) and Guest Charlie Sullivan
Torres Blancas Golf Club is located in the beautiful Green Valley Area. Upon arriving you will notice two well manicured putting areas, the larger one is used also for chipping. A driving range is available offering a small or large bag of balls. The golf carts are lined up and the starter has his list keeping everyone on track. You have five tees to choose from ranging from 5,010 yards up to 7,111 yards, thus providing a challenge for any level of golfer.
Just a warning for morning golfers, ours was 7:30 AM, the kitchen does not open until 11:00 and coffee or snacks are not available in the morning, we did not notice a cart person until after we made the turn.
We chose the white tees at 5,725 yards and found the tee boxes to be large and pleasantly flat. Some of the greens on the front nine were a bit bumpy, but for the most part in great shape and ran very true. There are two well positioned bathrooms accessible from several holes, they were extremely clean and bright, and well supplied. The ladies room has a quaint golf theme décor. Water coolers were also evenly spaced and plentiful for this lovely desert course.
This is a mature course, so many of the fairways are lined with trees that force you to hit either a straight shot or a planned distance for the best approach on the dog legs. The fairways are in good shape, and the course is nicely landscaped. The bunkers had just enough loose sand making it easy to either hit long or pitch out to the green. You will find water on three holes, number eighteen being the hardest to negotiate with a twisting narrow fairway, water along the left, bunker on the right, and a cart path between; which could save or penalize you should you find it.
We finished under 4 hours, then went to the bar & restaurant area and found it to be exceptionally decorated, including a large screen TV at the bar where we stopped for lunch, and to watch the Matchplay semi-finals. While waiting for the kitchen to open, the very cordial bartender made a great Bloody Mary. Our hamburgers were cooked to perfection and the condiments extremely fresh. We met a couple in the bar from British Vancouver, they come to Tucson every winter, Torres Blancas will certainly be on our list of courses to play again.
. . . from the pro Rich Elias, PGA
The perfect Arizona Golf course, Torres Blancas Golf Club, is nestled in the Santa Cruz River Valley at the foot of the beautiful Santa Rita Mountains. An Arizona golf vacation at Torres Blancas offers a championship course designed by Lee Trevino, Ocampo and Fernandez. Torres Blancas meanders through charming neighborhoods and breathtaking desert scenery. The par 72 course comes with 3 lakes, numerous sand traps and generous, undulating greens. Five sets of tees offer a challenge to golfers of all abilities with a maximum yardage of 7,111 from the tournament tees to 5,010 yards from the forward tees.
Holes of note are the Par 4 7th, measuring 480 yards from the tournament tees is a dogleg left. The tee shot must skirt a long fairway bunker on the inside corner of the dogleg. Go a bit too far right and be blocked out by a big mesquite tree that frames the right center of this fairway. It’s a tough tee shot to say the least. The par 3 12th is our signature hole. Ranging from 97-181 yards, you better check the wind carefully, as this peninsula green can be tough to hit. Ignore the hole location and aim for the middle of the green. Keeping your ball dry should be your priority! Hole 17 is a true risk/reward Par 5. Only 529 yards from the tournament tees and 400 from the forward tees, this hole forces golfers to make a decision on their second shot. A forced carry over a lake to an elevated green, which anything short will roll back into the water.
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Torres Blancas is a golfer friendly facility, and most importantly is a lot of fun to play.
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