Trini Alvarez El Rio Municipal Golf Course

3.1807000000 3.2 stars from 5 (166)
  • 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: 3.7 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 3.3 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 166 Reviews
5 stars:
7
4 stars:
70
3 stars:
50
2 stars:
24
1 stars:
15

recommend this course

132 out of 165 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 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"


Edgar3546225'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
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


"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: 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


"Great Course"


Paul1249014'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: Good

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: Good

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: Average

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: Good

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: Excellent

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Overall Condition: Poor

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I don't recommend this course