Trini Alvarez El Rio Municipal Golf Course

3.1572000000 3.2 stars from 5 (159)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6418 yards
  • Slope: 121
  • Rating: 69.7

TEE TIMES FROM: $14.00 VIEW TEE TIMES
  • 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: 3.2 stars from 5
Value: 3.8 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.7 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.7 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 3.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.4 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 159 Reviews
5 stars:
7
4 stars:
65
3 stars:
48
2 stars:
24
1 stars:
15

recommend this course

126 out of 158 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

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

Reviews


Overall Rating
Recommended
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Type of Golfer
Gender

"after work round"


kenneth525's avatar
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: <3 1/2 hrs

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"


u000006615262'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: <3 1/2 hrs

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: <3 1/2 hrs

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: <3 1/2 hrs

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: <3 1/2 hrs

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: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course


"The course is in good shape"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/15/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Stay out of the ariz bunkers! The water on the sixth hole is a health hazzard.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

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


"Great Course"


fromthecorner's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/26/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is not in the best of shape but it's a great course and I recommend it. It was the best deal in town in this day.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average


I recommend this course


"Fun course for all levels"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/25/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My six year old and I played here and it was perfect for both of us. There are many more tee options than was shown on Golf Now. The silver tees made it very playable for the little ones. Relaxed and friendly. We'll be back.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Overall Condition: Average


I recommend this course


"Greens in terrible shape."



2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in ok condition, but the greens were in very poor shape. The greens were sanded/dressed recently, but it appeared that they don't get watered like they should. It was a 100* day but they was no evidence that the greens were getting any individual attention.(extra water to help the green absorb the sand/dressing) A course alert would have been nice to let people know about the greens,


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"new management"


alfred1188's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/06/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

i think the new management company is doing a great job of refurbishing the golf course .


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Fairly Easy


I recommend this course


"It's El Rio as usual"


jgsllc's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/24/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in good shape, greens were a little slower than usual at midday, t-boxes were good and fairways a little thin, but ok. Bunkers need sand.


I recommend this course


"Better Fairways in my Backyard"


marisabk's avatar
Age: 25-34
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/12/2014
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

My husband and I played this course for the first time yesterday. We were excited to try one of the city courses after playing some of the other public courses, though now we are scared to try any of the other city courses. The staff was very nice. The fairways were non-existent. The fairways contained weeds, multiple types of grass and random dirt patches. The"fringe" was more like the rough, and the ones that had been recently groomed had grass clippings in tufts still on them. There were random fences with chicken wire. The greens were very inconsistent. In summary, I will never be returning to El Rio.


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Overall Condition: Poor

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"course is improving"


u000004805624's avatar
Skill: Beginner
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/05/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The effects of having a new managment team is begining to show. They also said that they should be getting a new shipment of carts in the near future.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 hrs

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


"good course but watch the breaks on greens"


willimcottonjrb's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/04/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the 19th hole is not available during the week, that
is only thing I find negative at this course.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"good layout with some challeging holes"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/01/2014
First time playing Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time out on vacation inTucson, AZ. Course is a good layout with some challeges. Fairways were dry and the greens were in good shape.


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Sand Sand Sand"


rah32052's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

Please if your gonna have sand traps located close to the greens with 4 foot lips. please put sand in them. Golfers even behind us stated the just take their golf balls out of sand traps. Many are filled with water and are as hard as a brick. I am not a professional golfer but I like to score. Its very frustrating to hit a ball in the trap and it be hard as a brick. Sand is to help the ball out of traps. The bounce of the clubs from this hard cement makes getting out terrible. I have ask this on many city courses and it seems no one is addressing it. I played Silverbell this past weekend and when you have enough water in sand for the ducks to play in . Please have course superintendents please walk the course in the morning and see what they can do to help in this reguard.


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"good price"


Carher's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a month
Handicap: 15-19

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/20/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was fair to average at best. The course is not well maintained and is a bit rundown including the carts. The price was cheap but like they say, you get what you pay for. The staff was friendly. Hopefully under new management things will improve.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Fair


I recommend this course


"El Rio Tucson"


jace520's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Haven't played this course in years but it was like I remember long somewhat challenging good condition. Staff friendly and good value.


18 Hole Pace of Play: 4 1/4 hrs

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Overall Condition: Average


I recommend this course


"Not great condition, but fair price"


u000005384011's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/05/2014
First time playing Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Most of the staff was friendly. The course was perfectly flat. Very poor hard bunker sand. Course definitely needed TLC. But I guess also cheaper than most, and a good course for the beginner.


18 Hole Pace of Play: <3 1/2 hrs

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Overall Condition: Fair

Course Difficulty: Fairly Easy


I don't recommend this course