Esplendor Resort at Rio Rico Golf Club
1123 Pendleton Road
Rio Rico, AZ 85648
Robert Trent Jones finished the construction of Rio Rico in 1971, at the height of his career. His philosophy of risk reward architecture is never more evident than at Rio Rico. Huge bunkers and greens, strategically placed hazards, and multiple dog legs all place a premium on shot making. Jones also was obsessed with making sure the lay-out complimented and even improved the natural beauty of the land, and he achieved it with Rio Rico. With a championship length of 7,200 yards, Rio Rico has been the site of multiple PGA sponsored events.
Tubac Golf Resort
1 Burruel Street
Tubac, AZ 85646
This 27 hole championship golf course Tucson is set on the historic 500 acre Otero Ranch in the Santa Cruz Valley. Each hole has 4 tee boxes and wide green fairways bordered by stately old-growth cottonwoods and mesquite trees. The course and resort were made famous by Kevin Costner’s “Tin Cup” movie in 1996. This Robert “Red” Lawrence 1959 course hosts 3 playable nines: Rancho, Anza, and Otero. Recognized by Conde Nast Johansens as one of two finalists for the prestigious 2011 Awards for Excellence as the Most Excellent Golf Resort.
Kino Springs Golf Club
187 Kino Springs Drive
Nogales, AZ 85621
A great escape, Kino Springs is a 6,500 yard Par 71 course designed by Red Lawrence on the historic Estancia Yerba Buena Ranch. The Kino Springs course begins in gentle meadowlands then, starting at Hole #5, winds its way through spectacular canyon country. Bordered by mature pine trees, the last five holes offer great views of the Santa Cruz River, open river country, and equestrian pastures. Wildlife sightings are a common occurrence during your round. A half a century ago, Stewart Granger and Jean Simmons owned the 5,280-acre Yerba Buena Ranch and had frequent guests such as John Wayne and Elizabeth Taylor. This 18 hole course is open year-round and offers earnest out-west hospitality.