Tucson is Arizona’s 2nd largest city that lies in the biologically diverse desert of the Sonoran. Surrounded by majestic mountain backdrops with slightly cooler temperatures, Tucson is often flocked by guests from all over the world who want to take a quiet respite away from the hustles of the busy world or have the exciting golf vacation with family and friends. Both the local and foreign guests can also take advantage of the endless adventure opportunities provided by the city’s great outdoors as well as the array of historical sites and museums. For those who want to take the challenge of Tucson’s amazing golf courses, the Canoa Hills, the Del Lago Golf Club, Dove Mountain, Forty Niner Country Club, the Canada Course of El Conquistador, and the Mountain Course of the Ventana Canyon Golf Course are some of the finest layouts that will surely test your swinging abilities.
The Canoa Hills is a par-72 6,610-yard masterpiece of Dave Bennett that nestles on Santa Cruz River Valley’s rolling hills and shallow ravines. The course features the contoured fairways with indigenous mesquite trees, generous lay-up areas, and the large bent grass greens with the best putting surfaces. Golfers are required to take accurate shots in order to come up with the best game results.
Considered as a high course, the Del Lago Golf Club is set at 3,400 feet elevation with the spectacular views of the Santa Catalinas and Rincon Mountains. It winds through the valleys and hills of the high desert with the layout’s 1st hole located at the highest point with the elevation change of 120 feet. The more skilled players can try the back tees at par 72 7,206 yardage of play.
Variety, strategy, and fair shots best describes this Jack Nicklaus masterpiece. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain is set on the lush desert mountain terrain of the Sonoran Desert. All of the 27 holes were naturally blended among the noble saguaros that are standing beneath the Tortolita Mountain Range. Although some holes are just for plain fun, golfers are still required to have some imagination and creativity.
The Forty Niner Country Club is an 18-hole course designed by William Francis Bell that was established on Tucson’s eastern side. The course is perfectly nestled between the Rincon Mountains and Catalina and meanders through the wooded riverbed with fairways that are lined by native desert shrubbery and mature trees. It also features the par-4 5th hole which is considered as the layout’s most difficult hole.
The Canada Course of El Conquistador is a par 72 6,713 yard layout that was given a slope rating of 140 and a course rating of 72.2. The course features the fairways that wind through the arroyos and ravines, doglegs, mounding, and the elevation changes from tee to greens. Golfers will also find the 183-yard eighth hole as one of Tucson’s toughest par 3.
The Mountain Course of the Ventana Canyon Golf Resort was designed by the famous Tom Fazio and features the par 3 100-yard signature hole. The course was cited as the “Best of Golf” by Links Magazine and the “Best in the Nation” by Golf Digest. While having the challenging tee times, golfers can also have their fair share of the Sonoran Desert’s breathtaking panorama.