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Canoa Hills Golf Course
1401 W. Calle Urbano
Green Valley, AZ 85614
38 minutes; 31.6 miles

Built in 1984, this layout winds through the shallow ravines and rolling hills of the Santa Cruz River valley. The traditional design offers an inviting setting with captivating views of the Santa Rita Mountains to the east, where Mt. Wrightson rises majestically to nearly 9,500 feet above sea level.

Crooked Tree Golf Course
9101 North Thornydale Road
Tucson, AZ 85742
29 minutes; 15.8 miles

18-hole championship golf course designed by Lee Trevino featuring beautiful mountain and desert vistas. Facility includes practice putting greens, chipping green, driving range plus a full service restaurant with banquet facilities.

del Lago Golf Club
14155 S. Via Rancho del Lago
Vail, AZ 85641
28 minutes; 22.5 miles

del Lago Golf Club is Tucson’s newest and brightest star. Opened in late 2000, the golf course is quickly gaining a prominent position among the better-known courses in the area. A little different from many desert courses, del Lago plays like more of a combination of links and desert golf, featuring wide sweeping fairways that drift off into the surrounding valleys and arroyos, and lead you to oversized greens that often require a traditional bump and run shot. Each nine offers either one of the many lakes that dot the course, or threads through well-placed bunkers that are waiting to catch the slightest mistake in approach shots. The golf course will require every club in the golfer’s bag and a good supply of nerves on slick, undulating greens.

Dell Urich Golf Course
600 S. Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85711
3 minutes; 1 mile

Dell Urich (formerly Randolph South) opened in the spring of 1996. This par 70 course measures 5,270 and 6,633 yards from the front and back tees, respectively. Golfers will enjoy spectacular tee shots as well as dramatic elevation changes.

Forty Niner Country Club
12000 E. Tanque Verde Road
Tucson, AZ 85749
21 minutes; 11.9 miles

Forty Niner Country Club is an upscale, semi-private facility designed by William Francis Bell, a prominent golf course architect during the 1950′s and 60′s. Forty Niner is known for its lush, mature landscaping and excellent course conditioning. It is lined with mesquite, giant cottonwood, eucalyptus and weeping willow trees. Built as a small private golf community, the rural flavored routing plays along residential properties set well back from the course boundaries and buffered by stands of mesquite trees. The Forty Niner’s modestly rolling terrain plays to slightly elevated greens protected by sand bunkers.

Heritage Highlands Golf & Country Club at Dove Mountain
4949 W. Heritage Club Blvd.
Marana, AZ 85653
43 minutes; 23.7 miles

While many courses boast of a signature hole or two, Heritage Highlands presents golfers with one breathtaking view after another. Nestled at the base of the Tortolita Mountains, many tees feature sweeping views of the Tucson cityscape and surrounding five mountain ranges. Six sets of tees welcome golfers of all experience and skill levels to enjoy a course selected by Golf Digest readers as a four-star winner on the 2000-2001 “Places to Play” list. While not the brutal “target golf” so often found in the Arizona Desert, Heritage Highlands is still laden with risk/reward opportunities, featuring extensive mounding, strategically placed bunkers, and green side lakes.

Randolph North Golf Course
600 S. Alvernon Way
Tucson, AZ 85711
3 minutes; 1 mile

Designed by architect William P. Bell in 1933, this 18-hole championship golf course stretches 6,863 yards with a U.S.G.A. rating of 72.50 and a slope rating of 128.

San Ignacio Golf Club
4201 S. Camino Del Sol
Green Valley, AZ 85614
44 minutes; 38.1 miles

Located in Green Valley lies San Ignacio Golf Club. An Arthur Hills design, San Ignacio features well-placed grass bunkers, dynamically shaped Bermuda fairways and some of the smoothest greens in the state. Known for the friendly nature of the course and the staff, San Ignacio is a favorite among the locals from the retirement community of Green Valley and nearby Tucson. The way the course rests naturally among the canyons, ridges and arroyos of the Santa Cruz River Valley pays tribute to the desert and the commanding views of the surrounding mountains. But be aware, the course can play very tight and any errant shot can fall short into many waiting greenside bunkers.

Sun City Vistoso Community
1565 E. Rancho Vistoso Blvd.
Oro Valley, AZ 85755
34 minutes; 20.7 miles

Designed as the prime recreational amenity for Sun City Vistoso residents and their guests, this private golf facility allows homeowners to play the course for a daily green fee, or purchase an annual membership which includes the trail fee for privately owned golf carts.

Phoenix-based course designer Greg Nash found an ingenious routing through 90 acres of rolling desert terrain for this striking and challenging layout. With the towering Santa Catalina Mountains in full view, ample fairways play from elevated tees to well-protected elevated green complexes that rise as much as 40 vertical feet-belying the yardages shown on the card.

Sun City Vistoso offers a stimulating but manageable desert-style course with a traditional feel and an inviting and varied mix of holes. The few inevitable forced carries over dry washes and natural terrain are never more than 140 yards from the back tees. Nash felt the terrain and desert rough created enough challenges. Stands of acacia, mesquite, and Palo Verde trees add to the natural beauty of this layout.

If the course and the views aren’t enough, Sun City Vistoso is home to almost every species of wildlife that resides in the desert. Roadrunners, rabbits, lizards, horned toads, javelina, deer, bobcats, and even an occasional mountain lion are seen roaming these fairways.

The Golf Club at Vistoso
955 W. Vistoso Highlands
Tucson, AZ 85737
35 minutes; 20.2 miles

The Golf Club at Vistoso has been ranked as the top public course in Tucson by Golf Digest. As is his custom, designer Tom Weiskopf used the natural terrain, without upsetting the flow of the land, and routed the course in harmony with its surroundings. This balance of vegetation and desert surroundings give the golfer a feeling that each hole blends into the landscape in a natural, complimentary style. Vistoso means “colorful views” and there is plenty of scenery, from the surrounding desert flora and fauna to the Catalina and Tortolita mountains in the background. Many favorite holes are perfectly framed by these mountain views from tee to green, where missed putts typically flow to the Tucson valley floor off in the distance. Golfers are not asked to drive over endless desert wastes, but can be lulled by the generous fairways that demand accuracy and iron selection for every approach. The greens are well bunkered but are easy to read and extremely fair.

Torres Blancas Golf Club
3233 S. Abrego Dr.
Green Valley, AZ 85614
41 minutes; 34.1 miles

Experience outstanding golf at reasonable prices. Sand traps, lakes, and undulating greens make Torres Blancas a must.

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