Ventana Canyon - Canyon Course

4.5019823529 4.5 stars from 5 (548)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6819 yards
  • Slope: 140
  • Rating: 72.6
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Ventana Canyon Golf Academy"

Policies

Walking allowed: No
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt required, no denim
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6819 yards 72.6 140
Gold 72 6281 yards 70.2 137
Silver 72 5778 yards 67.6 133
Silver (W) 72 5778 yards 74.5 140
Turquoise (W) 72 5442 yards 73.0 131
Copper (W) 72 4939 yards 70.2 119

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.2 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.1 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.5 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 548 Reviews
5 stars:
369
4 stars:
135
3 stars:
24
2 stars:
10
1 stars:
10

recommend this course

505 out of 545 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers a weekend splurge   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views patio dining  

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"Great course & staff"


Jarrad6290332's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/13/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was really nice with amazing views. Played several courses in Tucson area and the entire staff here was exceptional!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 08/15/2017:

We're so happy to hear your round was exceptional and our talented staff made your experience with us memorable!

"Ventana Canyon... a must play in the Tucson area..."


nickesquire's avatar
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/11/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Played the Greens (70.8/136/6537). The weather was clear & hot, with temps around 100 by the time we were finishing. Matched up with Rob, Sam & Kay for a very enjoyable round. We played 4 different sets of tees and were never pushed from behind, finishing in 4H, 20M.

Tom Fazio design. Very difficult course but also fair and very fun to play. Tight but not overly tight... but anything much offline is going to bite you on most shots.

Loved the layout. Constantly Up/down rolling hills, much more down than up. You would play a couple of holes downhill, then have a long climb back up the hill to a new tee box to start a new downhill stretch. Only a few holes played uphill, so overall, the course played shorter than the yardage would indicate. Some risk/reward par 4's and a good collection of par 3's. This would be an almost impossible course to walk, numerous long distances from a green to the next tee box. #9 green was probably 1/3 mile from #10 tee as an example. No tricked up holes, the forced carries were fair. The tight holes were balanced by more open holes. However, there are no holes I would classify as wide open, at most you had a bailout on 1 side.

The Bermuda tees had good coverage, mostly lush and were nice to play from.

The Bermuda fairways were mostly lush and deceptively undulating, few flat lies.

The Bermuda rough was generally penal, the ball sat down. A few bare areas here and there farther away from fairways, but good to very good overall.

The sand traps were plentiful and very well maintained with good quality, light sand.

These were the best Bermuda greens I have ever putted on, period. Medium fast, smooth and very consistent from green to green, maybe the quickest Bermuda greens I have ever putted on. Firm, you could barely leave a ball or pitch mark and immaculately maintained.

The customer service was excellent from all encountered. Very nice grass driving range is included in your fee. Considering the layout and playing conditions, this is probably among the top dozen courses I have ever played. Definitely recommended.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 08/15/2017:

Thank you for this detailed and awesome review! Happy to hear you loved the layout and your overall round. Can't wait to see you back again, thanks for this stellar recommendation!

"Wonderful experience"


u878999450's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/05/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Visiting family in Tucson and decided at last minute to Play golf. Contacted website for Ventana golf and racquet club and signed up for a 1:50 pm tee time at a discounted rate. Arrived at the Lodge/Ventana and was greeted immediately with courtesy and a professional staff that made my experience extremely pleasant and enjoyable! Will look forward to the next trip to Tucson and play the Mountain course. Great experience!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 08/15/2017:

We're so happy to hear your round and experience with us was great! Come back and see us again when you visit next.

"Nice course, great conditions. Slow pace"


u000006392896's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 08/01/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Beautiful course, but no real standout holes. Great conditioning, the greens were immaculate.

I'll play it again while it's cheap with the summer rates.

Long drive from the clubhouse to the practice area was kinda odd.

Pace of play was slow, in part due to who we were paired with. Nice gentlemen, but definetly playing from the wrong tees.

Group in front of us was 2 holes behind when I finally called the pro shop. To their credit, they picked up the pace when asked, leave us and our slow partners......


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 08/15/2017:

Glad you loved th course and the conditions too!

"Good course, outstanding staff"


rwkingston's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Thoroughly enjoyed the canyon course. The staff was more than pleasant and very helpful and friendly. Pat O'Niell was terrific and a valuable asset to the management. Would play there again in a heartbeat!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 08/15/2017:

Great! We're so glad you loved your round and our talented staff made your experience awesome. Come back and play another round!


u000005117576's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/31/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is in very good condition. For a first time player, it is a challenge to find your way around the course because it is really spread out. Signage could be a little better. The greens are a challenge because of the mountain layout. One must be aware of the mountains to determine how fast and how much break on the greens. During this time of the year, the rates are very good for a course of this condition.

Overall, a great experience.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 08/15/2017:

Happy to hear you loved the experience and the challenge that the course had presented. We hope to see you back again soon!

"Great views to match a great course."


arturom66's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/21/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Second time playing at this course with clients. The views of the mountains and canyon are spectacular and the service team are great. Amy did a great job of keeping us hydrated with water and a few Micheladas.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 07/26/2017:

Awesome, we're so glad you loved the course and the scenery! Come back and see us soon, we can't wait.

"One of the most beautiful courses in Tucson"


scisja's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/20/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great conditions, beautiful course. Covers a vast area, so is not walkable. (at all).


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 08/01/2017:

Glad you loved the course and the scenery, thanks for sharing!


u000005805178's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/18/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 08/01/2017:

Thank you for this excellent rating, come back and see us again soon!


u3583469's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I love everything about the Ventana "Canyon" course, except that it's confusing trying to figure out where to check in for your round at the Ventana Resort (it varies, for reasons that I don't understand). In addition, it's very confusing when you finish the 18th hole and THINK you're back where you started when, in fact, you started almost a mile down the road! the course needs better signage as to where to check in and how to get back to your car after you finish.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 08/15/2017:

We hear you about the signage and we understand that could cause confusion. We will address this at the management level. Aside from that, we're so glad you loved the course and would play again and again!

"Great Course, Confusing Navigation"


u3275233's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/17/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I decided to play here because my wife was at a convention at the Ventana Canyon Hotel (Which we will never go to again for reasons not pertaining to this golf course). I got an amazing rate for playing on a Monday so it was hard to pass up going here versus the other recommended courses in the area. If you haven't been to this course before, you may want a map or GPS before starting because finding out where to start, let alone get from some holes to another, is somewhat challenging.

My tee time was at 7:00 am, which was the earliest you could get at the time. What kind of sucked was that they didn't even open until 6:30. So I thought I was going to get there early, maybe hit the range, chip and/or put a little... but nope. Had to wait about half an hour just to find someone. I was lucky enough to be paired up with a guy that knew the employees and the course very well so he was extremely helpful. We rode our cart down the hill (mind you, where the waiting area is from the hotel is at the 10th tee and 18th green so it's nowhere near the clubhouse) along some winding paths to get to the clubhouse. This alone I probably would have gotten lost unless we had someone show us the way.

So, we got our 15 min of driving range in and maybe a few putts before we had to get going. Now I will say that the views at this course are gorgeous! One of the best I’ve played in AZ in regards to that. The fairways were just getting cut so they were really nice, and the greens were smooth yet challenging. Each hole had a good layout and made the round really fun. If you have a wild drive, however, bring lots of balls. If you lose one out of bounds you will not find it (or you probably don’t want to find it because I’m sure there will be “animal friends” waiting for you).

The crazy part about it all was getting from certain holes to the next tee. If the guy I was playing with was new to this course like I was I’m sure we would have gotten lost a number of times. There is some direction with small signs, but if you didn’t know where you were going you would second-guess yourself because sometimes it took a bit to get to the next tee. Especially some parts where you are riding along the side of the road, it would have been very easy to take a wrong turn.

Overall, the course was fun, challenging, and had amazing views. If it’s your first time just remember to be mindful of the signs to get to the next tee and be careful of the wildlife. I would play this course again probably after I played a few of the other courses near there where some local people in Tucson said are a little more challenging and had better layouts


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 08/01/2017:

We're so glad you loved the course and the scenery too! Thanks for this detailed review, we're so glad you loved the course. We hope to see you again real soon, it's our pleasure to have you golfing with us!

"WARNING"


tomartin42's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/14/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

You might not know this but Ventana and probably some other courses will NOT give you credit for your Paid Online amount against your green fees. Instead, they will divide it up evenly among the members of your group giving each player some of YOUR money as an additional green fee discount. If you play Ventana be sure to know before you pay how the Paid Online dollars are to be handled. Do not pay or play until you are satisfied with how the pro shop handles Paid Online dollars.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Commented on 07/17/2017

A little clarification. I was not able to play that day so instead of refunding me which they might not be able to do they divided the Paid Online with the other golfers.


"Enjoyment"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/12/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I am new to Golf now but have been satisfied with my experiences far. I continue to look for ways to enjoy my association with golf now.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 08/01/2017:

We're so glad you found a great deal online! Come back and play our course soon.

"Amazing views. perfectly maintained"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/02/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

An outstanding day of golf in the Southern Arizona summer. It was hot but we did not think anything of it nor did the temperature even become part of our conversations. Slight breeze in the dry air made it comfortable.

As for the course, the views of the dramatic Catalina mountain ranges coupled with the perfectly maintained tee boxes, fairways, rough and greens.

Entire experience was excellent and cannot even think of one thing I'd recommend for improvement.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 08/01/2017:

We thank you for this excellent review, we're so glad you loved everything about your experience with us!


u273186001's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/29/2017
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 08/01/2017:

Thanks for this excellent rating! We're so glad you loved your round with us,

"ventana canyon"


Rotney01's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  20-24

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/25/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

the staff was very friendly and helpful, the course was in excellent shape, they had just finished up on the reseeding of the greens. It was an enjoyable round I will go back again.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 08/01/2017:

We can't wait to see you back for more, glad you loved the course conditions and the staff made your experience exceptional!

"Nice course"


freemnsb's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Course is very nice and the third hole is fun to play.

Great day was marred by slow pace of play.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 08/01/2017:

Great! Glad you loved the course, despite the slower pace of play. We do hope to see you back again real soon. Thanks for enjoying the course with us!

"Great course"


rathke's avatar
Top 100 Contributor
Arizona Advisor
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/22/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

First time playing the Mountain course at Ventana Canyon and it will definitely not be the last. Course for late June was in spectacular shape from tee to green with the greens being pool table smooth. I have played over 35 courses in 2017 and this was by far the best conditioned course I have played all year. Also stayed on the property which made everything very convenient. Would highly recommend playing either course at this facility and look forward to going back in the near future


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 08/01/2017:

Awesome! We can't wait to see you back again. We're so glad you loved the course and the conditions were stellar for you.

"A little help please"


sonoran1313's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2017
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Having never been to the course , we found it a challenge to locate the golf shop , the one sign was covered by shrubbery . I sent the wife off to get us checked in while I unloaded the clubs and went in search of her and the carts .NO BAG DROP. I certainly expected that amenity at a facility like this one. Once loaded in the cart , it seems be to a half a mile to locate the starter , with a hiccup on the drive. We were to follow the white dots on the cart path , however about half way to the destination is a sign that says golf registration which sends you in another direction. Back on track we make it to the range /halfway house and starter. We ice up and head out to one of the most spectacular courses I have played. Stunning views , plentiful wildlife and a course in great shape . The wife and I had a great time on course and would play it again. Negatives , no cart lady on an afternoon in the 105 degree range. Also , the pro shop closed upon our return so no opportunity to purchase any clothing, etcetera.

Positives , the gentlemen running the starting area and cart return. Most helpful and pleasant.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 06/28/2017:

Thank you for leaving this detailed review about your experience. Granted, with the extra help your round would have been much smoother but we're so glad you loved the course and the scenery. It's good to hear your overall experience was not detrimented too much. We will address these concerns with our staff to ensure there is a bit more attention to detail for these aspects you mentioned. Your feedback means a lot to us, thank you.

"Great Day!"


u611038405's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in great shape, staff was awesome and overall great value


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 06/28/2017:

Awesome! Glad you loved the course and the staff made your experience with us memorable. See you back again soon!


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