Trini Alvarez El Rio Municipal Golf Course

3.1989000000 3.2 stars from 5 (186)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6418 yards
  • Slope: 121
  • Rating: 69.7

  • 1400 W Speedway Blvd, Tucson, Arizona 85745, Pima County
  • (520) 791-4229
  • www.tucsoncitygolf.com

Year built: 1934
Architect(s): William P. Bell
Type: Public/Municipal
Style: Desert
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Practice bunker: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Championship 70 6418 yards 69.7 121
Middle 70 6013 yards 68.5 119
Forward (W) 73 5824 yards 72.3 123

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.2 stars from 5
Overall Condition: 3.3 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.6 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.8 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 3.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 186 Reviews
5 stars:
7
4 stars:
78
3 stars:
61
2 stars:
25
1 stars:
15

recommend this course

151 out of 185 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city   Great for locals beginners walkers   Challenges include bunkers water hazards undulating greens   Great for drinks  

Reviews


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Type of Golfer
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"Great greens"


ramonf2012's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/23/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I actually enjoyed discourse the greens were in great shape I have no complaints


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


"Open Fairways"


uZMGK9801ZM's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a month
Handicap: Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/11/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Not too challenging for this Bogey Golfer, but definitely fun.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Greatly Improved"


lbsjack's avatar
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a month
Handicap: 25+

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

The new management is doing a good job rehabbing the course. Greatly improved over the city management. Staff very polite and professional. The fairways, tees and greens were all in good shape - some of the bunkers need more sand. If you played here in previous years and were disappointed give it another try. It is a work in progress but has great potential.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"El Rio Today"


carthage's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: Don't know

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/18/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

El Rio golf course has improved since last year. It is on the mend but requires major fairway work and sand trap update. The physical facilities are good but fatigued. Many of the trees need replacement as they are in their last stages.

New golf carts and employee attitudes were refreshing.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Overall Condition: Fair


I recommend this course


"Good experience"


manderson420's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a month

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/08/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played here many times but since they have new management the staff is friendlier, they gave us some free cookies before our round and a nice man even cleaned our clubs when we finished.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


"Great round/ fast play"


krew929's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/25/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Second time this week both rounds were under four hours. Play after 1:00PM no waiting.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Best for the Money"


MICHAEL2863057's avatar
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a month
Handicap: 15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/19/2015
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

I had not played El Rio for 15 years. Golf Now had a special so I took it. I am so glad I did! This course has recently been re worked and is in the best shape I ever saw it!! I lived in Tucson 15 years ago for 20 years and have recently moved back. I will definitely play El Rio again. Congratulations to the Management and Staff of this course. What a treasure in the center of Tucson.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"NIce greens"


btcrosario's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a month
Handicap: 10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/16/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Weather was great, which made the day nice. Thought it was overpriced with what I paid for green fees. I would play again but not for the price I paid.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Pleasantly Surprised"


u000002993504's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/15/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Have been driving by this place for a few years and never attempted to stop and play. Here for January and February every year usually play about 30 rounds on 20 different courses. I know there is a new management team in place here so I'm sure things will fall in line...Course is not what I expected...some really nice holes and I love the bunkering around the greens...Will probably return...


18 Hole Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Excellent Value"


Tinman55's avatar
Age: 65+
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/09/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I booked this course through GolfNow for under $30.00 with cart. The course is very good for a below average player like myself, the holes are not too long and the trouble spots can be avoided. The greens were hard and fast.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Nice Layout"


Rod6825019's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 20-24

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/06/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Avery nice course and has some difficult holes. I would recommend to anyone. The greens are well groomed and some are not easy to read.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"the course needs some work"


normdei's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens need some work for improvement. fairway was ok. Slow pace play, behind a 5 some, which were held up by a couple of slow players, Course marshall asked if the 5 some should be split, but it wasn't them that held up the play, it was the couple ahead of them.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Fair

Overall Condition: Fair

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Cheap but still not worth it."


bonefishguy's avatar
Age: 65+
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/29/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

Why the city continues to keep this course open is beyond me. The fairways are dead, dry grass that seems to have been dyed a putrid green. The tee boxes are in decent shape as are the green areas but the greens are like concrete and good luck with finding sand.
That said it was very busy so there ae lots of folks more forgiving thn I.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Fair

Course Difficulty: Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course


"El Rio"


dalenewberg's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/12/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I played El Rio for the first time with three men from Green Valley. Overall, course was average for winter AZ conditions. Fairways are brown and not much to hit off. Tees and greens are green and pretty good. Nice old course with mature trees. Pace was good, finished in 3.5 hours, four players, two carts.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"good little muny"


stanwilson's avatar
Top 250 Contributor
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 5-9

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/09/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Does what it says on the tin...a good little muny. You get what you pay for.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Play it for the history."


JMGolf3627's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/07/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is getting better overall. Will play again. Score card need to be updated to provide more information about the course/greens. Course layout would be helpful.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Overall Condition: Average


I recommend this course


"fun in the city"


martinez16's avatar
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/17/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Poor weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is in very good shape,they do work on the sand bunkers,staff is cool, had a good time..


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"markers"


slnation's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Twice a year

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/10/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

They need more markers on the coarse? Something you canseeinstead of wasting time looking for markers on ground?


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


"Good day of Golf"


Mashurst's avatar
Age: 65+
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/05/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course has so much history as the Tucson Open and it is the same exact course, it is fun to imagine the past and the fun the pro's had playing this course.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Great bunkering around greens"


John1966819's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/26/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course is a good challenge around the greens, worth playing again


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course



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