Trini Alvarez El Rio Municipal Golf Course

3.1850000000 3.2 stars from 5 (173)
  • 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: 3.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.8 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 3.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 173 Reviews
5 stars:
7
4 stars:
72
3 stars:
55
2 stars:
24
1 stars:
15

recommend this course

139 out of 172 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city   Great for locals walkers beginners   Challenges include bunkers   Great for drinks  

Reviews


Overall Rating
Recommended
Handicap
Age
Type of Golfer
Gender

"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


"El Rio getting better"


Ted2149268's avatar
Age: 55-64
Gender: Female
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/12/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

EL RIO is getting in better shape. The best I've ever seen it. Fun course at a real fair price. Easy to walk on and play after Noon.


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: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Improvments"


sumpan40's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/10/2014
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played Rio several times and the court is improving a lot the last couple of months but bunkers need to be improved,


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"tax"


joemarti's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/29/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

One thing I don't understand, (please clarify),, When I use golf now and pay a certain amount then my confirmation email say the amount that is due at the course and when I try to pay at the course they always charge me a little more and say its taxes. What's going on. .But after arguing my point a bit she ended up giving me the course rate which was $18 vs golfnow rate of $27.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


Commented on 11/15/2014

Yes. Please clarify. There isn't much point buying "discount" tee times online if the course is just going to upgross the difference at point of sale.


"good last minute tee time"


bgrissom1110's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/22/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

El Rio is in good shape and is a great place to work on straight shots.....a challenge for most of us.....:).


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"NOT EVEN A LONE RANGER"


LPEREZDANCER's avatar
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/11/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

There was a 4some 2 groups ahead of us that were goofing around and hitting extra balls and no ranger on the course to inform them that they needed to pick up the pace.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Nice course"


Edgar5403635's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/22/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in good shape, fairways and roughs were well maintained and the course was easy to follow. The greens were slow but consistent making them easy to play. A few of the tee boxes are in need of maintenance as they are overgrown with uneven plots of grass. As with most muni courses here in Tucson the bunkers are terrible. They have little or no sand and are basically loose packed dirt. They are definitely in need of attention.
Overall, Trini Alvarez El Rio golf course is quite nice and I'd recommend it.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Good value"


mar3845's avatar
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/20/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

As always this course is fun to play. Simple to look at but enough trees for a lot of trouble. It was in good shape though the greens are getting burned in spots. The staff was very friendly and went out of their way to make it enjoyable which is not always found in Tucson,


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: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"after work round"


kenneth525's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill: Beginner
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/11/2014
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Got off work at 4, started playing at 4;22. got through first 9 and realized I only had 45 minutes to play back 9. front 9 was enjoyable, back 9 nit so much. Course was in great shape as usual. no more starting late for 18 holes.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"NIce course for value"


David9533290's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/07/2014
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was a great course to play on. Will play it again.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"For a city course, the course has no great features, tee boxes are in less than average shape"


bigsamdogg's avatar
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/31/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Ok for $12 dollars, nothing great to write home about.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"77"


u283013411's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/23/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape. Greens where just right. No one was in front of us but the course had plenty of players


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


"golf course"



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/13/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 9 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The golf course is really showing progress, fairways
and greens are 100 percent better. I really enjoy playing golf their.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"best shape years"


nrocker's avatar
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/06/2014
Previously played

Reviewed on

Green putted true fairways were great the only drawback is they put the tee markers on dirt


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course