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Overview

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.

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About

Holes 18
Length 7307
Slope 140
Facility Type Private
Designer Jay Morrish, ASGCA

Awards

100 Greatest
100 Greatest the Second 100
Best Courses in Every State

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.

Panelists

Ratings from our panel of 1,900 course-ranking panelists

4.5

100 GREATEST/BEST IN STATE SCORES

Shot Options
7.23
Character
7.27
Challenge
7.27
Layout Variety
7.29
Fun
7.08
Aesthetics
7.57
Conditioning
7.45

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