Silverbell Municipal Golf Course

3.4339000000 3.4 stars from 5 (189)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 70
  • Length: 6936 yards
  • Slope: 126
  • Rating: 71.7

  • 3600 N Silverbell Rd, Tucson, Arizona 85745, Pima County
  • (520) 791-5235
  • tucsoncitygolf.com

Year built: 1979
Architect(s): Jack Snyder, Ken Kavanaugh
Type: Public/Municipal
Style: Traditional
Greens: Bermuda grass
Fairways: Bermuda grass
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes
Pull-carts: Yes
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

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

Policies

Walking allowed: Yes
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt required, no cutoffs, denim ok.
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Discover Welcomed

Tees

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 70 6936 yards 71.7 126
White 70 6391 yards 69.1 123
Yellow 70 5843 yards 66.5 115
Red (W) 70 5235 yards 66.4 112

Rating Snapshot

Average Rating 3.4 stars from 5
Overall Condition: 3.4 stars from 5
Value: 3.9 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 3.4 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 3.7 stars from 5
Food & Beverage: 3.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 2.9 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 189 Reviews
5 stars:
13
4 stars:
91
3 stars:
61
2 stars:
13
1 stars:
11

recommend this course

158 out of 187 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is convenient to the city   Great for locals walkers seniors   Challenges include bunkers water hazards plays long  

Reviews


Overall Rating
Recommended
Handicap
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Type of Golfer
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"Same old Silverbell"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/28/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We were hoping, with the change in management, that course conditions at Silverbell had improved over last year. While the fairways were somewhat better, everything else had not been improved. The rough areas had seemed to be worse, with a lot of bare dirt areas. Our GPS quit working after about 4 holes. Some of the bunkers had very little sand in them. With so many courses to choose from in the Tucson area, we probably will not go back to Silverbell.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Overall Condition: Fair

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Very Nice!"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Well kept, friendly staff, requires some thought.
Greens are fast but readable.
Better shape than most city courses.


18 Hole 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: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Can't believe they will host a Champions tour qualifier"


Penguin6625's avatar
Age: 45-54
Gender: Female
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 5-9

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/27/2015
Previously played Played with a group Walked Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

The only reason I played this course is because others in my group wanted to give it a go. After hearing they will be hosting a champions tour qualifier here in March, I thought it had to be in good shape. Boy was I wrong!! I will say that the greens were in good condition. Other than that this course was not in very good condition. Traps are terrible. The rough is just that. Very thin almost dirt. The city of Tucson let this course go and now OB has there hands full if they want to return it to what it once was.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"GREAT FOR THE MONEY"


Nbecc1's avatar
Age: 45-54
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/26/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather

Reviewed on

As a full time tour pro, played here before our champions pre q event.
A great course layout with great conditions and FAST GREENS
that roll out and are smooth.
Great views of the city and mountains.
One of the best $$$ values in the arizona
TRY IT


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Ugly"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/24/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Silverbell needs a facelift. A far cry from desert golf, this course more closely resembled a gravel pit.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Overall Condition: Poor

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Why play here?"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/20/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather

Reviewed on

I realize the new management team for the Tucson Muni courses has a hard row to hoe.
But i ask myself after trying Silverbell today why should I play here again? The greens are bumpy and the grass is more weeds than grass, the sand traps are gravel pits and often very wet, the pace of play is awful, and the fairways ned water.
For the same price I will play at Crooked Tree, Quarry Pines or the Ranch and play in much better conditions.
This is a minority opinion for the course was very busy today.
Why it was so busy is beyond me.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Poor

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


"Silverbell"


u000004105607's avatar
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2015
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Fairways and greens were excellent traps were terrible with no sand hard clay. Deal at the clubhouse was better then deal on golf now!!!!!!!!!!!!! Had that happen twice in the last month why!!!!!?????


18 Hole Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"pet pieve"


fosque55's avatar
Age: 55-64
Gender: Male
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Once a week
Handicap: 10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/17/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

why does all these high handicap players play from tee boxes to far back for them.played in back of 4 guys who i could out drive 40 yrds playing from a tee farther back than me.5hr round unacceptable .screws the day up for everyone.played with my wife and a another couple and we had to wait 5min. on every hole.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Need Sand"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Fairways and Greens are in excellent shape and provide a great place to play. Since OBSports has taken over the course there has been a huge improvment. However, the one area that needs to be addressed is the bunkers. No sand but lots of mud. Since we have not had rain in over a week I cannot understand why there is mud in the bunkers.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Nice Municipal Course"


Robert9879770's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/13/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Silverbell is a nice course for a municipal course. Nice selection of tee options and course was in nice shape. Greens were excellent, nice roll and speed. Course layout offers variety and some interesting shot selections. Will very likely play again. Only complaints are the rock hard bunkers and that sometimes it was confusing finding the way to next hole. Won't be a problem next time but confusing for first time players.


18 Hole 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


"What a change"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I had played here befor but the course was not in very good condition. I was pleasently suprized this time.
The Greens were the best I have played on in a long time here in the Tucson area. Good Job Staff.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"the course conditions are horrible."


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/05/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

dirt roughs. Dirt sand traps with huge rocks throughout. hard pan greens, all make this place one horrible experience. Count on course conditions to add 4-5 strokes to your handicap...........awful!


18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Poor

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Poor

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Pretty Course."


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/03/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Very Pretty course, fairways & greens in very nice shape. The only thing we were disappointed in was lack of directions on the course. Very few signs showing next tee box and we got lost several times. Also, bunkers were like cement.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Average

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Overall Condition: Good

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"Lumpy Greens"


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

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/25/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a public course, but my expectations were much higher. The greens were in poor condition grass was patchy. The fairways and green were the best on hole 18. The course restrooms are very dirty and looked as if they are not ever cleaned -- this is an issue since it is coed and I was afraid to touch anything.....


18 Hole Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Poor

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I don't recommend this course


"SURPRISED!!"


u536388337's avatar
Skill: Intermediate
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/15/2015
First time playing Played with a group Used cart Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Heard this course was "nothing to write home about", a scruffy well trodden muni. Well to my surprise and after an hour frost delay we set out, paired with another local twosome for a most pleasurable round of unrushed golf. The course was in very good condition with the greens surprisingly quick even early in the day. A perfect walking layout with green to tee distance quite close. Plenty of sand to challenge your shot placement and water on several holes that definitely come into play. A refreshing change from the more common target desert courses. There was an abundance of bare rocky terrain between greens and tees that would have been nice to see planted with some native desert plants to let you know you are in southern Arizona. Keep up the good work as it seems the new management company is doing. I will surely return to Silverbell GC !!


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

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


"SLOW"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/19/2014
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 9 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Front 9 was great it took 1.5hrs. Did not even try to start the back 9 due to a large ladies group that was started on the back 9 when we were probably on the 6th or 7th hole. The back 9 would of taken probably 2.5 hours.


I recommend this course


"quick easy round of golf"


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

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/19/2014
Previously played Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

fun course, nothing special, greens are nice but looks like they mow front and back 9 on alternate days. Tees, fairways and surrounds were in nice shape. Come on people fix your ball marks and divets.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Moderate


I recommend this course


"Going backward"


Tony8871625's avatar
Top 500 Contributor
Age: 35-44
Gender: Male
Skill: Advanced
Plays: Few times a week
Handicap: 0-4

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/15/2014
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This place was in great shape a month ago. What happened? Bare spots everywhere, no rangers, and my biggest complaint is that the greens obviously hadn't been mown for several days. Very bumpy and slow.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Fair

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Poor


I don't recommend this course


"Slow Play"


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 12/07/2014
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was fine, the greens were fine, the weather was good but the round took 5 hours. When rounds take this long there is a problem at the front desk and this needs to change.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Overall Condition: Average

Course Difficulty: Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


"Silverbell in good shape"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 12/05/2014
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff outstanding. Very helpful. Fareways and greens in very good shape. Cart paths and sand traps need work. Need more ball washers. Senior tees need to be moved to shorten the course. Overall good experience.


18 Hole Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Overall Condition: Good


I recommend this course