Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa

4.4390352941 4.4 stars from 5 (151)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 73
  • Length: 7262 yards
  • Layout

  • 2727 W Club Dr, Tucson, Arizona 85742, Pima County
  • (520) 297-2271
  • (520) 297-7544
  • tucsonnational.com

Year built: 1963
Type: Resort
Style: Parkland
Greens: Champion Bermuda
Fairways: Tifway 419 pollen-free Bermuda
Golf Season: Year round

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Clubs: Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes

Policies

Metal spikes allowed: No
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 73 7262 yards 0.0 0
White 73 6610 yards 0.0 0
Red 73 5717 yards 0.0 0
Yellow 73 5414 yards 0.0 0

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.4 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.7 stars from 5
Value: 3.7 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.3 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.2 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.5 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 151 Reviews
5 stars:
87
4 stars:
56
3 stars:
5
2 stars:
2
1 stars:
1

recommend this course

143 out of 150 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort convenient to the city worth the drive   Great for advanced golfers a weekend splurge entertaining clients   Challenges include water hazards bunkers plays long   Great for drinks patio dining 19th hole scenic views  

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"The better of the two courses"


DavidB123's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  0-4

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/28/2017
Previously played Walked Hot weather

Reviewed on

The Greens on both courses at Omni are fantastic, the staff and practice facilities are fantastic, but the Catalina course is by far the preferred 18 here.

A Very fair, and balanced layout. I especially like the variety of the par 5s: Some are tight and short, others are wide open and long; and the balance of the par 3's in yardages (though 3 of them are in the same direction) and layout: Over Water, Up hill, Long, Downhill and well bunkered.

The fairways are very forgiving, though


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"A Great Former PGA Stop Track"


NoonanSmails's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Although it is not a true desert course, the Catalina Course is a great resort course in the desert area. I enjoyed watching Johnny Miller win the old Dean Martin Tucson National Open on this course multiple times 40 years ago. The course has withstood the test of time. A few new 'tips' tees have been added, but most of us do not play from back there anyway. You have some elevation changes, water to steer through and a lot of well placed bunkers. The tee shot on #18 is one of the most demanding you will face anywhere. The course is in great shape, perhaps because the Champions Tour is stopping by in March, but I believe it would be kept that way regardless. The course is spread on two sides of major wash area, but the bridges take you over that. Development has gotten a bit closer to some of the holes, but are by no means on top of you. There are a few stretches where holes from Catalina intersect with holes from the Sonoran course, but it is hard to get lost. The Omni Resort is the starting and ending point for your round and Legends is a great 19th hole, where you can sit on the patio overlooking the 18th green and enjoy a refreshing margarita. I recommend Tucson National as part of any rotation of Tucson vacation golf courses.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Love, Love, Love"


gimmiegolf's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/11/2016
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

This is a fabulous course with a great layout and excellent maintenance. A bit pricey for guests but worth the visit. I would play it more if I could get a discount.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Old style course in good shape"


hawkeyegolfer's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/13/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

This was a good course but the layout is not as scenic as others we played. It's pretty flat with some tree lined fairways. The greens were in good shape and the rough was short so the course wasn't too tough. This course was hosting a Champions Tour event two weeks later so it was cool to see the bleachers set up on some of the holes. A few of the holes were memorable, especially the 18th, but there isn't the elevation changes and open vistas that I love about some of the other Tucson courses. I got a really good golfnow price so it was a great value.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Jewel of Tucson"


Chemainiac's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/26/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Best course in Tucson in terms of being there in front of you and beautifully conditioned. Played it many times and this might be the best shape I have experienced. Only issue was the driving range and pace of play. Front none was fast but back none got slow. The driving range was set up for us to use the far end and limited to 225 yards. Additionally, it was not fully stocked with balls. There was a Div 1 NCAA tournament which added to the issues in terms of everyone being able to get a spot and warmed up. Very disappointing for the college kids and us visitors. Members had ample space. The 225 yard limitation was frustrating. Of course, there was no information that this was going to be the case when we booked. This should be addressed for a first class venue like this.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"omni"


richardsea5348072's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/24/2016
Previously played Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Everything was great overall. Played late 2 isn for the deal.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Enjoyed the round, very playable course"


JayhawkWTS's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/22/2016
First time playing Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Several others recommended the course which I now pass on. Played the Catalina 18. Rather a flat course with a more midwestern feel due to trees than a desert feel. Mostly a what you see is what you play type of layout. My first time on the track it was easy enough to get yardages and figure out the right shots. Greens were very firm, don't count on the approach checking up. (Champions Tour is coming in about 2 weeks which may be a factor.) Don't need driver on every hole. 18 is likely the best (most challenging) hole on the course - a great finishing hole. 4.5 hour round felt pretty much on pace for our unfamiliar foursome.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Best of the best in Tucson"


Matthew7399059's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 01/06/2016
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Average weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The Catalina course at Tucson National never fails to impress me. I have been playing this course when I visit the area for the past 15-20 years! It's always in great shape, and the staff is always great! Very friendly, and helpful. They make you feel like a member! A great experience! I would recommend this course to anyone!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Perfect Sunday Afternoon"


LIONEL1629636's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/08/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Reserved a tee time as a single and was paired with a lovely couple from Calgary and another single from England. The weather was superb, the course in good shape, but cart path only made for good exercise and a longer round of playing time at 4 hours plus. Starter was very helpful with good tips for playing the right tees, and club selection for elevated greens. Practice area provided great warm-up. Definitely a must play when you visit Tucson!


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Course is in the best shape of any in Tucson"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Tree lines fairways make you drive the straight. Some hidden water hazards that local knowledge is very helpful. A must golf course to play in Tucson. I definitely play there again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great golf course"


u000001925740's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

An excellent golf course and a beautiful venue. My only complaint was that the greens were a little bumpy after a recent aeration.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"greens still a bit bumpy"


AndrewJ13tucaz's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/02/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Other than the bumpy greens which had been plugged recently, the course is in exceptional shape. The fairways and tee boxes were excellent and the greens held beautifully. Plenty of drinking water on the course as well. Summer time rates, however, are not at all a bargain.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Easy to follow course"


Edgar2512030's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/10/2015
First time playing Paired up at course Used cart Played 18 holes Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a nice and easy to follow course. KUDOS to the staff especially the guys in charge of course maintenance. From Tee to Green everything was in great shape (Thick but consistent rough). I do recommend this course and will hopefully play it again.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Great course!"


JoshuaY's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/27/2015
First time playing

Reviewed on

Course conditions are amazing. One of 2 best in Tucson.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"omni"


bckeeper50's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2015
Previously played Played as a single Used cart Played 18 holes Fair weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course in great shape. Staff very friendly. Pace of play was very fast.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


"Golfer from Denmark"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2015
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Excellent round of golf, on an amazing course. Very friendly staff, perfect training facilities.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


"nice course"


jojoaz's avatar
Age:  35-44
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/17/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Good weather

Reviewed on

Very nice course, not easy but very fun to play. Bunkers were in amazing shape which is rare for Tucson.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Catalina slow play"


ligonier0158's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course in great shape and great price on round. Quit after 12 holes and four hours however. Talked to staff about pace of play and they didn't seem to Care. "Yea it was slow today", no marshalls were ever seen.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Quality of food & beverage: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I don't recommend this course


"Tucson Natl. Golf"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/30/2015
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Played both courses on successive days. Both experiences were outstanding. Both courses are in first class shape and the staff was extremely courteous and accommodating. You gotta play here!!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


"Always GREAT"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 02/26/2015
Previously played Played with a group Used cart Played 18 holes Excellent weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Always a great course to play. Looking forward to the Seniors PGA Tour coming soon. Hope to attend. UA had a match with Colorado State, I think that may have caused play to be slow. Those young guys can really hit that ball. Wow


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Quality of food & beverage: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course



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