The Stone Canyon Club, which climbs the slopes of the Tortolita Mountains north of Tucson, is considered the consummate desert design of the late golf architect Jay Morrish. Restricted by Arizona law to 90 acres of grass, Morrish’s routing demands forced carries over barrancas off several tees, but not into any green. Artful contouring mimics the ebb and flow of the rugged terrain, bunkers seem spun by nature and the glorious scenery, which includes the Catalina Mountains at the east end of the Sonoran desert, is spiked with Saguaro cactus. Ancient granite boulders and outcroppings don’t just frame holes, but play an integral part in many design strategies. Stone Canyon is a fitting punctuation to Morrish’s sterling career.
100 Greatest: Ranked 68th, 2009-'10.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked from 2013-'22. Highest ranking: No. 132, 2013-'14. 2021-'22 ranking: No. 184.
Best in State: Ranked third, 2011-'12, 2017-'18. Ranked fourth, 2013-'16, 2019-'22. Ranked inside the top 5, 2003-'10.