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3.7
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4 Stars
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2 Stars
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1 Stars
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Conditions
3.2
Value
4.1
Layout
4.0
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.6
Amenities
3.4
79.0%
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188 out of 228 reviews
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4.5
2 Reviews (2)
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Conditions
3.5
Value
5.0
Layout
4.5
Pace
5.0
Amenities
4.0
StaffFriendliness
5.0
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4.0
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Conditions
3.5
Value
4.5
Layout
4.5
Pace
5.0
Amenities
3.8
StaffFriendliness
5.0
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About

Holes 18
Type Public/Municipal
Style Desert
Par 70
Length 6436 yards
Slope 124
Rating 69.4

Previously known as Trini Alvarez El Rio Municipal Golf Course

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Course Details

Year Built 1934
Golf Season Year round
Architect William P. Bell Ken Kavanaugh (2004)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes
Clubs Yes
Pull-carts Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Bunker Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed Yes

Reviews

3.7
228 Reviews (228)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 14
Course Challenges Include:
Bunkers 29
Water Hazards 10
Undulating Greens 7
This course/club is great for:
Locals 30
Beginners 26
Walkers 26
This Course's Location is:
Convenient to the City 44
Near Local Attractions 6

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Conditions Average
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Layout Excellent
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Hot weather
Used cart

Robert, Manager is very welcoming. All staff were very friendly. Very good lunch--much improved

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Handicap 15-19
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2.0
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Fairways and structures in need of TLC.

Greens and green aprons are in very good shape. It would appear that management is concentrating their resources in this area. Sadly, fairways are a different issue, very thin turf with weeds growing up above the grass. Rough is bare packed dirt in a lot of cases. My best description of the fairways is over grazed pasture. El Rio Clubhouse and other structures have been in place along time and show their age. Maybe some more money in the maintenance budget would help with fairways etc. However, finance for Municipal Courses is what it is. I would not mind paying higher green fees if course was in better condition. However, as it is, I will not be back.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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5.0
Previously Played

This course is tough enough for me!

I like the at home atmosphere in the club house! Plus the course is really well taken care of! Cudo to the greens keepers! Although the traps are not sandy at all. Overall great place to golf

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Great

Great day to play ...course looks good ...but no one was at the snack bar

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
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Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing

Fun course

First time playing this course. Took my almost 70 year old dad. He had a great time but said it’s about 4 holes too long for him, lol. He also has COPD so take that into consideration. It took us about 4-41/2 hours to complete the course, but we took a lot of breaks. Friendly staff all the way around. We booked on GolfNow and got a pretty fair price. I would recommend to anyone.

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Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
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Plays Once a month
1.0
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El Rio is garbage

Don't play here unless you like your water hazards to be raw sewage.
Cart needed to be bump started around hole 15.
The beverage cart doesn't take plastic (but the young lady seemed nice enough).
Driving range is light years from the clubhouse & you have to get your bucket from the clubhouse then schlep them all the way back to the range to use them.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Fair
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Poor
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Commented on 02/11/2019

I'd like to comment on a few of these points...
There is a pond that had been drained, or was in the process of being drained at that time. It was stinky. I believe at the time, the plan was to fill it in, but that changed, and it was repaired, and filled with water. It's not stinky now!
I don't know if it is a change, or if there was just a misunderstanding, but the beverage cart will take your card to the clubhouse, and run a tab there, you pick it up, and sign after the round. It's not perfect, but it works.
They have gotten new carts, I don't remember exactly when, but it may have been after this review. (I did have one die soon after, a replacement got out pretty quickly after I called the pro shop.
As far as the course itself, it is in pretty good condition. They don't overseed the fairways, so they are dormant Bermuda. It's totally playable, and you get great run out! The greens are in really good shape. The tee boxes are a bit spotty, though generally ok. You get to use a tee, so how much difference does that really make?
Can't disagree that the range is a hike. There is a net with mats (they could use replacing)near the first tee, so you can get a bit of a warmup. It may not be a perfect course, but it is far from garbage.

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How are the fairways and greens?

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Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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First Time Playing

Course was a good value

Really enjoyed this course. Was only challenging when you find the trees. Do not play hero golf or you will pay !

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

February play

Fairways were weak, but greens and around the greens were good for the time of year.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Average
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Windy weather
Used cart

Older city course.

I played after Tucson had several days of rain, so the course was not in the best of condition. This course needs improvement and could be a better venue if money was put in to improve it. Not the longest course, but can play tough with small greens surrounded by many traps. Worth playing if the price is right.

Conditions Fair
Value Average
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Poor
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played

O.B. Sports seems to 'get it'.

Second day ,after opening for overseeding, course was in great shape. ( Still somewhat shaggy, especially the tee boxes, but expected. )
Old style course ( par 70 ), pretty flat, with lots of mature trees. ( they really don't come into play...or shouldn't.)
We were first off ( 6:16 ), and managed a 3 hour round. Pretty good for a foursome.
I play this course , maybe, once a year...but it's still fun, especially now that O.B.Sports keeps it in stellar shape.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

A golf day with my daughter.

My daughter and I always look for an opportunity to spend a father-daughter good quality time together.The activity may vary from walking the dogs to traveling together.
This weekend we decided to go for a round of golf together. She is fifteen, then I assumed that she would not be very excited about it, but we decided to go anyways, and I could see how she was getting interested in the game and actually started enjoying it.
The weather was perfect, hot, but a soft breeze was making it kind of tolerable.
We got to El Rio golf course 30 minutes before our tee time. The staff was so kind take us through the check in process in no time. We played 18 holes at our on pace, nobody to push us around or to wait for a long period of time. The greens were in a very decent shape and the girl withe refreshments was always very opportune.
Thanks to the staff for keeping the facilities in very good shape.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

This course is friendly

Historical course that is always fun to play. There was over seeding that came into play both on the green and fringe .

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Fun

Fun little corse. Fun working around the trees. Enjoyed myself the whole time. Sand traps needed a little work.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Good course for a beginner...

Course was okay, the value was right on... Bunkers were poor... Greens were okay, very slow but rolled true. Snack bar was closed after 1:p.m.

Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

el rio has promise

overall good experience but tee box are having problems as there is basically no grass on them and sand traps were like clay bricks ! putt out of them only option.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Fairly Easy
Played On
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

El Rio

Great round, will be playing here all summer.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Course in good shape, personnel not friendly

Good valve, course in good shape but personnel not friendly.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Fair
Pace Good
Amenities Fair
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Excellent weather
Used cart

Nice enough.....

Nice layout; the varying lengths of holes, the many bunkers protecting the SMALL greens, doglegs and the close proximity of greens to tee boxes keep the game interesting! Dodged a couple of in-bounds!

May take a time or two to play and get the nuances.

The course needs to replant some roughage; too many thin lies close to the greens. And a driving range that is available! I support ALL efforts to encourage youth in golf!

But overall, I liked the course and will be back again soon!

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

Nice, at low price.

We played here only because of a great deal. It was better than I expected. Pretty decent layout, condition and staff. Some areas are hazardous because of errant shots from adjacent holes or golfers hitting before they should. 18 is a good challenge.....over the dogleg right fence.

Conditions Average
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Fair
Amenities Average
Difficulty Moderate

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