Trini Alvarez El Rio Municipal Golf Course

3.2216000000 3.2 stars from 5 (194)
  • 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
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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: 3.9 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 3.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.6 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 194 Reviews
5 stars:
7
4 stars:
84
3 stars:
63
2 stars:
25
1 stars:
15

recommend this course

159 out of 193 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  

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"great shape"


scott8727904's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/24/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This being my third time playing this course I am pleased to say the conditions are consistent. The fairways are in excellent shape and the course is challenging with sand traps tucked in close to greens. The tee boxes need a lot of work however, there are bare spots or crab grass on most. This day the greens had been recently plugged so ball was bouncing a lot, but two weeks ago there was nothing bad to say about them. Nice break from playing the target golf so many of the desert courses demand. It will be my go to course as it is close to my home.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


"Challenging but still fun"


Daniel9251418's avatar
Age: 35-44
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

The course was in really good shape. The greens were perfect. Many bunkers made it challenging but fun.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


"Good value"


Dwayne5302878's avatar
Age: 45-54
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/23/2015
Previously played

Reviewed on

Tucson city courses are good value. They offer a fair price to play in 100+ degree temperatures.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


"Fun Course"


XochiCarrillo's avatar
Skill: Beginner
Plays: Twice a year
Handicap: Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The staff was friendly. The golf carts were cleaned. The only problem I had was not having a map of the course. On a couple of holes I had a difficult time locating the flag from the tee.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Enjoyed the track"


Tripod7's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once every three months
Handicap: 15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/08/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Short but challenging with small greens that are guarded by bunkers on nearly every hole. second shots had to be played from proper angle and distance to hold the green.
Just aerated so greens in pretty rough shape, but overall enjoyable round after work and decent pace of play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Check it out if you haven't played El Rio in awhile"


jcaz2006's avatar
Age: 45-54
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/06/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Pleasantly surprised. Tee boxes and fairways are in much better shape than neighboring courses. Greens have just been aerated but can tell the difference Golf People are running the course now.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"Good time"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/05/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent, enjoy the round of golf. Staff was great. Will go back .


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


"Good improvement"


Jvertucci's avatar
Gender: Female
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/29/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

About 1 year since last played course. Improvements are being made by the new management. Fairways have grass now in all areas. Greens are excellent. Sand traps need a lot of work as drainage is poor. I know that this is extensive and expensive but can be done with a good plan. This is a good city course with small greens that are guarded by traps in front. Keep up the good work OB Sports and show the city and the golfing community how a first class operation should be run.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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...


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.


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.


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.


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



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