The Raven at Sabino Springs - Boulevards.com Editor's Pick
9777 E. Sabino Greens Dr., Tucson AZ 85749; Tel. 520.749.3636
This is one of the finest golf courses in the country. Since its opening in 1996, The Raven at Sabino Springs has earned countless awards and accolades from every major golf publication in the world. Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the course measures 6,776 yards, and features some of the toughest and most unique holes in Arizona. The green fees vary seasonally from $50-$175.
The Golf Club at Vistoso
955 W. Vistoso Highlands Dr., Tucson AZ 85737; Tel. 602.816.1234
This four-and-a-half star Tucson golf course is considered in the top five of all the courses in the Tucson area. Opened in 1995 and designed by Tom Weiskopf, Vistoso features immaculate, award-winning conditions and spectacular views of the desert and mountains surrounding the Tucson area. A must play golf destination in the area, but a very difficult Tucson golf course as well. Green fees are in the $40-$140 range and vary seasonally.
La Paloma Country Club
3660 E. Sunrise Dr., Tucson, AZ 85718; Tel. 520.299.1500
This resort course designed by Jack Nicklaus opened in 1984 and features three sets of nine holes. The four-star Tucson golf course can be played in the following combinations of nine-hole tracks: Canyon/Hill (6,997 yards), Ridge/Canyon (7,088 yards) and Ridge/Hill (7,017 yards). Most reviewers agree that a stay and play package http://www.res99.com/nexres/start-pages/frame.cgi?src=10007179&lang=ENG&product=GOLF is the way to go at La Paloma. Green fees are in the resort range: $85-$185, seasonally.
The Pines at Marana
8480 N. Continental Links Dr., Tucson AZ 85743; Tel. 520.744.7443
Originally known as the Links at Continental Ranch, the Pines is the result of a quarry reclamation project that resulted in half of this Tucson golf course being relocated to an abandoned quarry. The result is a fabulous three-star municipal golf course that features unique landscape and course design shaped by existing terrain. Green fees are in the $20-$80 range and vary seasonally.
Randolph Park Golf Course
600 S. Alvernon Way, Tucson AZ 85711; Tel. 520.791.4161
This municipal Tucson golf course is home to the annual PING/Welch's LPGA Championship. This is the longest golf course in the Tucson municipal system, coming in at just over 7,000 yards. The course features plenty of water and sand, and is well maintained for the amount of traffic it hosts. Green fees are in the $10-$40 range.
Starr Pass Golf Club
3645 W. Starr Pass Blvd., Tucson AZ 85745; Tel. 520.670.0400
This recently renovated luxury course got its facelift from the Arnold Palmer design team. This Tucson golf course is as natural as it gets, considered a true desert course with cacti and sage lining the fairways. The vistas are outstanding, as with most Tucson courses, but the conditions of the course are its top feature. Green fees are in the $50-$125 range and vary seasonally.
Ventana Canyon Golf and Racquet Club
6200 N. Clubhouse Ln., Tucson, AZ 85750; Tel. 520.577.4061
This 36-hole resort features two four-and-a-half star Tom Fazio Championship courses: the Canyon course (6,819 yards), and the Mountain course (6,907 yards). Both feature spectacular course design indicative of the terrain each is named for. This is a must play golf destination in Arizona, and reviewers just gush over both courses. Fees are up there in the $100-$200 range, but this Tucson golf course is well worth the price.