La Paloma Country Club in Tucson, Arizona: A tough desert golf beauty

TUCSON, Ariz. -- One of Jack Nicklaus' early designs, 27-hole La Paloma Country Club, is also one of his best.

Operated by Troon Golf and open to guests at the newly renovated Westin La Paloma, the golf course is one of the best conditioned and most scenic in southern Arizona. With plenty of elevated tees and mountain views throughout, the scenery never stops. And although the fairways are ample, if you miss them, you're in the desert with very little chance of recovery. The greens are also challenging with plenty of undulation. Your best bet is to stay below the hole.

Here, then, is a look at the most popular combination at La Paloma C.C. -- the Ridge and Canyon Courses.

Feb 11, 2014

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Mike Bailey

Senior Staff Writer

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in the Houston area. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 20 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @Accidentlgolfer.