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.
Second 100 Greatest: Ranked from 2013-'22.
2023-'24 ranking: No. 182.
Previous ranking: No. 184.
Highest ranking: 132nd, 2013-'14.
100 Greatest: Ranked 68th, 2009-'10.
Best in State: Ranked third, 2011-'12, 2017-'18. Ranked fourth, 2013-'16, 2019-'22. Ranked inside the top 5, 2003-'10.
Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists
100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES
“Stone Canyon is likely to be considered Jay Morrish's finest solo effort. It flows nicely through rocky mountain terrain and works through some very dramatic stretches of property. The stretch of holes 5 through 7 as well as the finishing three holes are the best that Stone Canyon has to offer. They are all excellent, sound, fundamental, and strategic holes using dramatic property."Read More
“Firm and fast is how this course is meant to be played and it is that. Love the design variety. Very distinctive. Great set of par 3s and the 18th hole is great with the clubhouse sitting in the back behind the green."Read More
“The entrance, landscaping, and general decor is high-end gorgeous, with every detail perfect. The clubhouse is tastefully designed and decorated. The practice area fabulous, with all the amenities one could ask for, including a 19th hole called "Double or Nothing.""Read More
“Desert course blasted through rock formations. The elevated tee boxes provide some wonderful views of the surrounding areas."Read More
“If the chance presents itself to play Stone Canyon, don't let it slip by. This is a great layout, great views, and the staff are first rate."Read More
“Beautiful setting in and among large stone formations. Course is extremely unforgiving to wayward shots. Fantastic conditions."Read More
“Friendly and helpful staff with dramatic views. The course provides a nice variety to suit various skill levels. Wonderful desert course."Read More
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