TUCSON AND SOUTHERN ARIZONA offer some of the best private, semi-private and daily-fee courses in the southwestern United States, combined with affordable municipal layouts and charming tracks with plenty of history.
The Gallery Golf Club’s North and South courses offer limited daily-fee tee times. Situated in the foothills of the Tortolita Mountains, north of Tucson, The Gallery features stunning views and challenging golf.
The North course, designed by John Fought and Tom Lehman, has made several “best of” lists. The course meanders through rugged canyons and is enjoyable for high and low handicappers.
John Fought designed the South course, which is reminiscent of the links-style Pinehurst #2—site of the 2014 U.S. Open. The South course hosted the PGA TOUR’s Accenture Match Play Championships in 2007 and 2008.
Troon Golf, which manages The Gallery, the new Sewailo Golf Club and La Paloma Country Club in Tucson, is offering the Tucson Golf Swing where golfers can play all three courses for only $139 through Sept. 30. Visit www.gallerygolf.com for details.
Tucson was recently awarded a new Champions Tour event, The Tucson Classic, which will debut March 16-22, 2015. That event will be held at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort’s Catalina Course, which hosted a PGA TOUR event for many years.
The 7,262-yard course designed by Robert Van Hagge and Bruce Devlin is a parkland-style layout with eight lakes and 80 bunkers. The finishing hole is considered by many to be one of the finest and most challenging holes on the PGA TOUR. Visit www.omnihotels.com to check out golf deals at this 36-hole facility.
Tucson’s newest course is Sewailo Golf Club, built by the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. Designed by Notah Begay III, the course opened to considerable fanfare and rave reviews in December 2013. Along with catering to daily-fee play and guests of Casino Del Sol Resort & Spa, Sewailo is home of the University of Arizona’s golf teams. Visit www.casinodelsolresort.com to book Sewailo tee times.
Two of the more spectacular resort courses you will ever find are the Mountain and Canyon courses at Ventana Golf Club. Players wind through rugged desert and forests of saguaros as they test these Tom Fazio layouts. Golf groups will have an outstanding experience at the Lodge on Ventana Canyon, which is on site. This all-suites property features one and two-bedroom accommodations, along with two-bedroom suites with a loft to accommodate four or more. Visit www.thelodgeatventanacanyon.com to check out their great deals.
If you are looking to round out your trip with affordable, but enjoyable, golf, consider one of Tucson’s five municipal courses—Dell Urich, El Rio, Fred Enke, Randolph North or Silverbell. Managed by OB Sports, these courses are in good condition with most located in the heart of the city. Both Randolph North and Dell Urich have hosted LPGA events. Go to www.tucsoncitygolf.com for deals and to book tee times.