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Municipal golf courses are battling the struggles of the golf industry, developers, aging infrastructure and government budget shortfalls to stay open and serve their communities.
La Paloma Country Club is among the top desert courses in Tucson, Ariz. Set on 800 acres in the Catalina foothills and designed by Jack Nicklaus in 1984, the golf course features three nine-hole loops, the Hill, Ridge and Canyon courses, all set on dramatic desert terrain with each fairway its own island.
With the Catalina course at Omni Tucson National, Von Hagge and Devlin bring classic parkland golf to Arizona
Omni Tucson National Resort's Catalina course is an area institution, built in the 1960s and host to more than 30 Tucson Chrysler Classics. Contrary to the newer desert golf courses in Tucson, this Robert Von Hagge/Bruce Devlin design is a traditional parkland design with tall trees and eight lakes.
Dell Urich Golf Course, located in Tucson, Arizona, is a thoughtful parkland design in the middle of the desert. Playing just more than 6,900 yards, this Ken Kavanaugh design is a total remake of the original Billy Bell work that first opened in 1961. It features bunkers throughout, gentle doglegs and three sets of tees, making it playable for all levels.
One of Jack Nicklaus' early designs, 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.
Though much smaller than the Valley of the Sun, Tucson's golf courses pack a major punch, with scores of courses ranging from executive casual plays to high-end, nationally recognized courses. It offers great golf for players on three different budgets, from La Paloma Country Club on the high end to El Rio Golf Course on the low end.
Tucson Golf CoursesOften overlooked in favor of the Phoenix/Scottsdale area about 90 minutes north, Tucson, Arizona holds its own and then some as a golf destination. With a little more elevation than the Valley of the Sun, Tucson is slightly cooler in the late spring, summer and fall, making it a good year-round golf destination.