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Best golf courses near Tucson, AZ

Below, you’ll find a list of courses near Tucson, AZ. There are 36 courses within a 15-mile radius of Tucson, 26 of which are public courses and 10 are private courses. There are 30 18-hole courses and 5 nine-hole layouts.

The above has been curated through Golf Digest’s Places to Play course database, where we have collected star ratings and reviews from our 1,900 course-ranking panelists. Join our community by signing up for Golf Digest+ and rate the courses you’ve visited recently.

Stone Canyon
Private
Stone Canyon
Tucson, AZ
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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Ventana Canyon: Mountain
Public
Ventana Canyon: Mountain
Tucson, AZ
4
49 Panelists
The short par-3 third hole, just a wedge even from tbe back tees, features a tiny target between rock outcroppings. But the remaining par 3s are stout, all aesthetically strong as well. The fairways are wide and fast, and the putting surfaces are pretty benign as far as Fazio greens go.
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Omni Tucson National Resort: Catalina
3.8
12 Panelists
The Catalina course at Omni Tucson National was a longtime host of the PGA Tour’s Tucson Open and currently hosts a PGA Tour Champions event. It also hosted the 1966 U.S. Senior Amateur. It is a traditional parkland layout with strategically placed bunkers and lakes that tighten the landing areas. The par-4 18th is a uniquely difficult hole with two lakes guarding both sides of the fairway, requiring a precise tee shot. The University of Arizona men’s golf team annually hosts a collegiate event in the spring on the Catalina course, attracting some of the top programs in the country.
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Ventana Canyon: Canyon
Public
Ventana Canyon: Canyon
Tucson, AZ
3.6
52 Panelists
One of two 18-hole layouts designed by Tom Fazio on property, the Canyon course incorporates the natural terrain, including the rock formation known as Whaleback Rock. Its signature hole is the 18th, which features a partial island green.
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Sewailo Golf Club at Casino Del Sol
3.5
47 Panelists
Sewailo differs from most Arizona courses in that it features more of an open, links golf feel, with ample forced carries and lots of water and sand to negotiate. Opened in 2013 and designed by former PGA Tour player Notah Begay III, Sewailo features multiple tee options for players of differing playing abilities.
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Omni Tucson National Resort: Sonoran
3.5
10 Panelists
The Tom Lehman-designed Sonoran course at Omni Tucson National is a traditional desert-style layout with beautiful views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The Sonoran course offers wide landing areas and large greens, making it a player-friendly option. The course defends itself with well-placed fairway bunkers and undulating greens.
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La Paloma Country Club: Ridge/Canyon
La Paloma features three nines designed by Jack Nicklaus—the Ridge and Canyon are considered the two best. The Canyon boasts a number of forced carries, while the Ridge features a series of elevated tee boxes.
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