Tried And True Tradition

Omni Tucson National Remains One of The Very Best That Southern Arizona Has To Offer

The words “Tradition” and “Golf” are often found together in any writing about the game. Golf by its very nature is traditional; from the age of the game, to the rules and etiquette, to the bonds formed with others, and of course to the cold beverages following a great round.

Here in Southern Arizona we are blessed to be the home of one of the most traditional golf layouts and facilities in the southwest, The Omni Tucson National Golf Resort.

Situated in NW Tucson and only minutes from anywhere this resort offers what any contemporary Four diamond golf resort does, but in a very charming and cozy package, far from overwhelming. At only 167 guestrooms and suites (of all shapes, sizes and magnificent views) you are never going to be lost in the shuffle of some big convention in town.

These two very different golf courses at one facility make OMNI Tucson National especially unique in the “traditional” world of golf.
Three dining options, from the casually elegant Catalina Grill, to the poolside Cabana Bar, to Legends, a sports pub overlooking the 18th green (with my favorite shuffleboard in town) provides for plenty of good eating and fun drinking. Too much to eat? Then head to the only Mobil Four Star Spa in Tucson for state of the art treatments and services. What a luxurious way to rejuvenate body and spirit.

Let’s move along shall we to what brings us to Tucson National in the first place, golf at its very finest.

There are two spectacular courses at Tucson National; the traditional (there’s that word again) Catalina Course and the new Sonoran Course. The Catalina is naturally everybody’s favorite because it has hosted numerous >>>
PGA TOUR tournaments over the years and is a very “traditional” tree lined layout.

While no two holes are alike, there are many very memorable ones. #4 is a mid length par four punctuated with some very unique mounding, steep and mogul like these mounds are not where you want to end up. #7 is only a par three and has one of the largest greens on the course, but its defense lies in the length, a long 247 yards from the tips and can often be dead into the wind.

Making the turn to #10 brings you to what appears to be a benign par five. Leave your drive on the right side of this dogleg around a pond fairway or you will be totally blocked by one of the biggest trees in Tucson and forced to lay up, leaving a very long approach to an elevated green. Trust me, I know from experience.

Thankfully about this time the ranger shows up with frozen mango scented towels, just what we needed before tackling the rest of the back nine. When you step onto the 18th tee box you are instantly reminded why you are here, while one of the most beautiful holes in golf, it has also been rated by the PGA TOUR as one of the hardest on tour.

Thread your drive between two ponds with as much as you have and you still have a long way in to a very sloped green fronted by two traps and backed up by another that runs practically the entire width of the green. Coming out of the back bunker to save par is a very scary thought, no spin on the ball and you can easily run all the way off.

Again, trust me I know.

For those that like “traditional” desert golf, as many winter visitors do, the Sonoran Course will give you everything you want, just not as punishing and thorny as many desert layouts can be. Strategic bunkering amid gentle contouring and native desert vegetation presents remarkable views and a very special golf experience.

These two very different golf courses at one facility make Omni Tucson National especially unique in the “traditional” world of golf. For more information, daily fee rates or membership opportunities stop by and visit the friendly staff or go online to

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