Located on our Wild West Golf Trail, Tucson can be visited year round however it gets very hot in the summer so that is the one time of year to be avoided. A favorite time of year to visit Tucson is late March or April in the Spring when all the desert flowers and cactus are in bloom, the water is rushing through the streams and canyons, and the weather is delightful with highs usually in the 80s. Another wonderful time to visit is in mid-Fall. October is still warm yet not as hot as September. This is also a nice time to consider a visit to Sedona or the Grand Canyon as it is not nearly as crowded as other months. Winter months (December – February) are nice as well but you can occasionally get cooler weather and rain.
Golfing in Tucson offers fantastic courses at great price points. Consider the following showcase courses for your next Tucson getaway:
Ventana Canyon - Mountain and Canyon Courses
Starr Pass Resort
Golf Club at Dove Mountain
Westin La Paloma
Omni Tucson National Resort
The golf experience at Ventana Canyon offers a unique blend of challenge and playability. Both the Mountain and the Canyon courses meander from one unique hole to another. Four sets of tees allow each player to test his or her ability on a well-marked and manicured course. A classic desert-style, target course, the Mountain course has many changes in elevation and several elevated tees. Home of the “most photographed hole west of the Mississippi” is the Mountains’ 3rd hole Par 3!The Mountain Course is arguably one of the best courses in Arizona!
At the highest point on the golf course sits Ventana Canyon's signature third hole. One of the most photographed holes west of the Mississippi, this short par three is tucked into the rugged rocks of the Santa Catalina mountains and plays across a canyon of cacti. The tee offers a breathtaking panorama that stretches across the Sonoran Desert into Mexico. Bring your camera, you'll want to remember this!
As the Mountain course climbs up the Santa Catalina foothills, the Canyon course takes a different route. The front nine winds down through the inspiring beauty of Esperero Canyon. Visit during the monsoon season and you are sure to see rushing water through the desert washes. As you turn to the back nine, look for the iconic Whaleback Rock. With generous fairways and picturesque views throughout, you are sure to enjoy this desert gem!
~ The Mountain course can be played on EVEN days, the Canyon course on ODD days ~
JW Marriott’s Starr Pass Tucson Golf Club is a 27-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf Facility surrounded by the backdrop of natural mountain ranges. A true desert course, natural elements are used as hazards, while showcasing majestic vistas of the Catalina Mountains. The Starr Pass legend began over 120 years ago when Richard Starr crafted a trail through the rugged wilderness of the Tucson Mountains. Today, Coyote’s 6th fairway marks this trail and has earned the honor of being the signature hole at Starr Pass.
Just steps outside of the golf resort, the Roadrunner course offers unsurpassed views. With dramatic elevation changes and the swirling winds created by the Tucson Mountains, these nine holes will truly test players of all levels. (3,241 yards)
The Rattler course begins with a stunning view of Tucson and the surrounding mountain ranges. Hole 5 is one to remember. This demanding Par 5 with a split fairway will leave you very pleased if you are lucky enough to earn your par here while enjoying golf in Tucson. (3,490 yards)
Enjoy the very serene and quiet area of the Coyote course where you are likely to see wildlife wandering about in their natural habitat. This stretch of holes just might afford you the delightful company of jackrabbits, quail or deer. (3,512 yards)
Legendary champion and designer Jack Nicklaus integrates strategy, variety and beauty into his Signature Course at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain in the lush Sonoran Desert. This27 hole course (Saguaro, Tortolita & Wild Burro) and 45,000 square foot clubhouse blend naturally into the saguaro covered foothills of the Tortolita Mountains.
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain was first unveiled in 2009 as it hosted the World Golf Championships Accenture Match Play on a global stage. The 64 top-ranked players in the world competed here in the desert, where the elevation ranges from 2,300 to 3,000 feet. Now, guests and members can enjoy making the same shots that require imagination and creativity of the world’s best pros, as Nicklaus purposefully created an elite venue intended to be enjoyed by golfing legends and friends alike.
Escape to the Tucson golf resort at La Paloma Country Club.The three Jack Nicklaus 9-hole courses, Canyon, Hill & Ridge, with their distinctive desert-scape of flowering cacti, palo verde, yucca, agave and other native vegetation are meticulously maintained by Troon Management.In their ongoing efforts to be kind to the environment, La Paloma reclaims all water used to irrigate this absolutely amazing Tucson golf course, which promises to recharge and refresh like never before!
Quarry Pines Golf Club, one of the premier Tucson golf courses, offers a mix of dramatic elevation changes and stunning mountain views with 18 enjoyable holes.The unique desert landscape is highlighted by dramatic elevation changes and the addition of thousands of trees. Our level of customer service sets us apart from other Tucson golf courses and our commitment to excellence will add to your adventure in making your outing a one of a kind. We're sure that you will find it to be one of the most beautiful Tucson, Arizona golf courses.
Arizona National is desert golf at its finest!Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr., the golf course meanders among the foothills of Tucson's beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains as it follows the rugged natural flow across shady mesquite-lined arroyos and skirts craggy rock outcroppings.
Relax and renew at Omni Tucson National Resort, located in the natural splendor of the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains. After an action-packed day on one of our highly acclaimed golf courses, rejuvenate your senses in our spa facility before relaxing over fine dining – all while surrounded by the bold colors and warm hues of the Arizona desert.
For decades, we’ve enjoyed hosting prestigious PGA Tour events where legendary champions such as Nicklaus, Trevino and Palmer have graced the fairways and battled for glory. The addition of the Sonoran Course, impeccably designed by TOUR champion and Ryder Cup captain, Tom Lehman, has created a truly dynamic golf experience.
Inspired by the sweeping views of the Santa Catalinas and the rich history of golf, this artful blend of natural beauty and recreation is elevated to a new level of discovery. Recent enhancements include new guest rooms featuring golf course and mountain views. During your stay, unwind at our dining terraces and cabana bar, complemented by Tucson's only 4-star Forbes-rated spa, tennis courts, an infinity edge pool, private function space and outdoor gardens.