Ventana Canyon - Canyon Course

4.5268176471 4.5 stars from 5 (581)
  • 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: 4.4 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 581 Reviews
5 stars:
396
4 stars:
138
3 stars:
26
2 stars:
11
1 stars:
10

recommend this course

536 out of 578 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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"Challenging layout"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/08/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great scenic layout. Greens immaculate and difficult to read


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 11/16/2017:

Thank you for the 5-star review! Glad that you enjoyed the layout! Hope to see you back again soon!

"Canyon course after overseeding"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 11/05/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Apparently there are 2 pro shops. Just dumb luck that the guard let me through the gate. From there everything was signed. There was a drop off for my clubs, parking near the front entrance, walked in through the grill restaurant and the members’ pro shop was there.

Hot deal green fee of $76. Greens were super fast. Fairways were lush. Cart path only. Long drives between some of the holes—best to take a map which they have there. Definitely a treat to play.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 11/08/2017:

Thank you for the 5-star review! Sorry for the early confusion, but we are glad you had a great time! Please come back and visit us soon!

"Not friendly Marshall"


u000004207604's avatar
Skill:  Advanced

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/30/2017
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Reviewed on

My wife and I played the course with 2 high handicap gentlemen. Very friendly group.....between my wife and I we have a total handicap of 10 or less . There was also a No cart on the fairway rule in place.

We teed off 20 min late as there was no one on the course.

On the 4th hole the sheriff ( I mean Marshall) said we were way behind in our

Position on the course, we politely explained that we teed off late and that

There was no one behind us!

This individual dogged us the entire round

And got in my face 4 times..... The other gentleman we played with.(a Duke Univ physician and the Superitendent of Scools in Tuscon)were aghast at The Bored Marshall's

behavior and dour attitude on the course!

A great course , but this attitude should not be tolerated, especially when we were effectively required to walk the entire course!

Hope this helps the next groups playing Ventana ......


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 11/03/2017:

Thank you for the 5-star review! Please feel free to call the Pro Shop and discuss this issue further!

"Nice Course Sloe Play"


u000003644913's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/27/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course is always in great shape, but the pace was slow because the over seeding caused cart path only. The last time I played I walked off as we were going at a 5 plus hour pace I like the canyon course better due to the layout but the views are spectacular at both..


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

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 10/31/2017:

Thank you for the 4-star review! Please come back and visit us soon!


u704906192's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/24/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 10/27/2017:

Thank you for the 5-star review! Please come back and visit us soon!

"Stunning course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/23/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Make sure to show up very early as the main golf hub is a mile drive in a golf cart from where you check in


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 10/31/2017:

Thank you for the 5-star review! Please be sure to play #VentanaCanyon soon!


mikeybrown's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/21/2017
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: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 10/24/2017:

Thank you for the 5-star review! Please come back and visit us soon!

"Ask for directions"


NWOhiogolfer's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/14/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Finding this course is a pain. The GPS address took me to two different wrong places, I walked around the clubhouse area before calling them to get the right directions. They need signage, BAD!

Great course, I'd go back, now that I can find it.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 10/16/2017:

Thank you for the 4-star review. Hope to see you soon!

"Perfect !!!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Once again Ventana lives up to its reputation. The course is perfect. They didn’t miss a spot with over seeding. The greens are Pure as can be. The director of golf Bob does an amazing job with staff and service. Don’t just play one, play both courses and get the best 18 in Tucson.


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 10/16/2017:

Thank you for the 5-star review! Please come back and visit us soon!

"Perfect conditions"


gregcrane00's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/10/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Day 2 after opening from over seeding. Superb conditions all around, spectacular views and wonderful golf holes. Great experience for the two of us.


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 10/16/2017:

Thank you for the 5-star review! Please come back and visit us soon!

"Aniversary bash 2017"


Allister5776246's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 10/01/2017
First time playing

Reviewed on

Having read previous reviews I was a bit worried about the course. Apparently the golf course as nothing to do withe the community or the hotel and neither will allow them to put up any more signage. At least so i was told.

With this in mind when getting there

Go pst the guarded gate house up to the top and turn right go straight past the “Lowes” Hotel on the left on your right there’s a spa on your left at the front of the spa there’s the golf shop. Check in there, someone brought up a golf cart to transfer us to the range which is miles away. Its just different. Everyone was friendly the course was well maintained with lots of holes that would be signature holes on many courses. Really enjoyed my day could have been a nightmare finding my way round. But every I spoked to explained very well


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 10/06/2017:

Thank you for the 5-star review! Please come back and see us soon!

"Second Class Citizen"


reggieone's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/26/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

You make plenty of time to practice a little and when you drive into the front gate they tell you the golf course doesn’t want you coming into the front entrance. They treat you like a second class citizen and send you above with bad directions. Then we had a difficult time finding the course and the clubhouse. It is located at an aging resort and you park by the spa and walk to a clubhouse with your clubs. You then walk forever in the general direction of the golf course with no signs to tell you where to go. If you are lucky you find someone who puts your clubs on a cart and then walk forever to the clubhouse and then try to play golf. It is obvious problem is the poor signage. Evidently there is some issue with the resort and the golf course management that has led to there not being signs directing golfers to the pro shop - the golfers suffer - sinage_fail – To top it off they are never going to fix this problem even though they have had numerus complaints. The fairways were scraped I guess to get ready for seeding. But no discount!

Once you find the proshop, you have to take a convoluted route down to the practice facility. From there you have to back track to the first tee, again without adequate signage ** plan extra time for this, get there 15 - 20 min earlier than you would **. Pace of play was - 5 hours.

If you can you would be better off finding another course to play.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 09/27/2017:

Reggie, sorry for the confusion. We are currently working on new signage to avoid such confusion in the future. Thank you for playing your round with us, and please come back soon!


u000005685568's avatar
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/25/2017
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Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 09/27/2017:

Thank you for the 5-star review, please come back and visit us soon!

"Great Track"


JOEB211's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/17/2017
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Expansive layout intertwined among nice houses, beautiful scenic views of surrounding mountains and of Tucson.

Greens were perfect and suer slick! Rewarded for good shots and punished as you should be of you stray. Take advantage where you can score and be happy playing station to station in other spots.

NOTE: Drive all the way up to the hotel and park clubhouse for golf wrapped around first small building on the right and then you have a pretty long drive to first tee depending on where you are starting and which course.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 09/19/2017:

Hi Joe, thank you for the 5-star review! Glad to hear you enjoyed our course and the beautiful mountains of Tucson. Please come back in and visit our course soon!

"The course was very challenging and in great shape. The greens were very fast compare to what I'm use too."


security727's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2017
First time playing Used cart Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

It was Great my wife and I enjoyed the course. It was a great experience for both of us and challenging. We would recommend this course to our friends. We will be back soon.


Pace of Play: Excellent

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



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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/16/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 09/18/2017:

Thank you for the kind 5-star review! Please come back and visit us soon!


atsilva51's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/13/2017
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Fair

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


"This course was in excellent condition."


U000003181684's avatar
Gender:  Female
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/12/2017
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

My wife and I played this course with an early morning tee time. Since we had no one in front of us, we played in just over 3 hours. I really enjoyed the way that they have the tees so close to the cart path and yet they were sometimes hard to find. Elevation changes were very good, especially hole number 3 which only played to a little over one hundred yards, but plays over a ravine that is probably 200 feet deep.

If I have a negative, it is that as a non Resort player, you have to park at the Loews lodge and then take the golf cart nearly a mile to the course. Having said that though, I rate Ventana Canyon as the best course to play in Tucson.


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 The Lodges at Ventana Canyon on 09/15/2017:

We appreciate you taking the time to review the course and rate us 5-stars! We are going to pass on your feedback to our team, so they know their hard work is not going unnoticed. It is great to hear that the efforts we have put in helped provided a memorable and enjoyable experience for you. Thank you for playing The Lodge at Ventana Canyon, we look forward to seeing you again soon!


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/10/2017
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 09/12/2017:

Thank you for your 5-star review. Please come back and see us soon!

"Scenic, Interesting and Challenging"


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

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 09/06/2017
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

They call it the mountain course for good reason.This is an approach shot golf course. Generous fairways with a few strategic fairway bunkers. But beware on the approach shots. Heavily contoured greens the are quick and reading them a major challenge.

Your short game needs to be spot on to score here.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 09/12/2017:

Thank you for the great 4-star review! Hope to see you back soon!


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