Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa
The Catalina Course is one of two golf courses at Omni Tucson National Resort. It is more well known than its sister course, the Sonoran, since it is both the original layout and it has been host to over 30 PGA Tour events over the years. The Catalina Course is a traditional parkland layout while the Sonoran offers true desert golf, as its name would imply. The challenging design incorporates eight sparkling lakes and a total of 80 bunkers strategically placed throughout. The 18th is touted as one of the finest and most demanding finishing holes on the PGA Tour. This tricky par 4 leaves little room for error with water along both sides of the fairway, it also requires a blind tee shot to a well-protected, elevated green.
|Red (W)||73||5717 yards||73.1||131|
|Yellow (W)||73||5414 yards||71.5||127|
|Blue M: 74.3/133 W: 80.5/146||395||535||375||170||398||425||247||587||436||3568||511||525||183||404||404||610||428||186||443||3694||7262|
|Long M: 72.6/131 W: 78.7/143||395||535||375||170||398||400||197||523||400||3393||481||525||183||404||404||543||367||186||414||3507||6900|
|White M: 71.4/128 W: 77.1/142||370||485||350||150||370||400||197||523||400||3245||481||505||166||347||373||543||367||169||414||3365||6610|
|Medium M: 69.4/124 W: 74.5/134||370||485||350||150||335||360||142||472||300||2964||481||505||146||347||352||463||367||169||352||3182||6146|
|Red M: 67.4/122 W: 72.3/130||345||450||315||105||335||360||142||472||300||2824||412||449||146||270||352||463||305||144||352||2893||5717|
|Gold M: 65.8/118 W: 70.5/126||287||383||315||105||335||307||142||472||300||2646||412||430||102||270||335||450||305||112||352||2768||5414|
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Excellent course condition and excellent and friendly staff.
The greens are excellent!
The course is in decent shape for this time of year, but the greens were excellent. Some of the layout is a little funky. The staff was friendly and very helpful..
Tucson National (Catalina)
Rode the Whites (6610/71.4/128) in slightly over 3H mid day as a single. The weather was clear, fairly calm and in the low 100's.
COVID-19: Doodles in the cups and no rakes in the traps. But very relaxed overall compared to Southern California courses when I usually play.
Bruce Devlin teamed with Robert von Hagge as co designer of this layout that has hosted dozens of PGA and Sr. PGA events over past 50 years. Rare par 73 with five par 5's, four par 3's and nine par 4's. Liked the traditional parkland style layout. Holes that stood out were #18, an excellent demanding par 4 finishing hole with water left, right and long on your tee shot, then a uphill approach shot to an elevated green. #11 was a unique par 5 that was barely 500 yards but was a true 3 shot par 5 for most because you had to lay up short of/go around a lake, then go over the lake to set up your uphill approach. I hit three irons on this hole because of the location of the lake and the way it jutted out into the fairway.
I was told the course was not in great shape and was getting ready to close tomorrow for maintenance. Wanted to play it anyway as this was going to be my only opportunity this trip. Greens, tees and some of the rough had recently been aerated. Kudos to the pro shop staff for full disclosure on the conditions ahead of time.
Bermuda tees, fairways and rough were all semi lush with some browned out areas. Mostly good.
Sand traps had good quality sand could have been excellent if they had been raked today.
Bermuda greens were as advertised unfortunately. Bumpy and medium slow, they were at least a week from being fully healed. Positive was that they were not firm. I had numerous irons stop right at their ball mark or back up. Unfortunately wasted a rare 9/10 (by my standards) ball striking day trying to convert putts that were bumpier and slower than most courses fringes.
All grass range included in your fee. Complementary bottled water. Friendly starter and saw the cart gal twice. Really look forward to coming back and playing here again when the course is in better playing shape, because the layout is fun. Recommended.
Well worth playing. Course flowed nicely. Fairways and greens in excellent condition.
New Favorite Course
I have avoided playing here due to the community courses tee times being significantly cheaper however I decided to take my father here for Father’s Day as a gift. After playing it I can see why it is a little more to play here. The course is in great condition and you’re never hitting out of a bad lie (dead grass or dirt). The bunkers are actually soft sand not the usual desert concrete bunkers. Unlike another well known course you always know where to hit your tee shot, there aren’t any hidden shots. The unlimited range balls before the round is also a nice touch. The gps golf carts help a lot with some trickier shot placements as well. What I can say is this course is well worth the extra money! I will be playing here a lot more often now.
The PGA Tour Selects Good Courses For Tournaments
I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to play the Catalina and Sonoran courses at Tucson National a few times. Without question the Catalina is a pro's course (or low handicap) with good hole geometry, good greens with nice contours, and the course is well maintained. Also, you can walk the course as opposed to many of the so-called ranked courses in Arizona which are just looking to increase their profit by making you rent carts.
Old Goif Course That Time Has Passed
The golf course that time has passed.
This is a typical 1970's Arizona Parkland golf course that has seen better days. Several other similar Arizona parkland courses from the same era have been redesigned. Camelback and Wigwam are two examples.
Joe in the pro shop was courteous but harried, Steve was the excellent organizer out in the cart area as he deftly handled the swarms of golfers coming to play in their junket shuttle.
Rick was our starter on Catalina and he did a great job of orientation.
This course is not in the best condition right now. The fairways are starting to brown, the greens were infested with foreign grasses, the tee boxes were decent.
There are no ice chests on these carts, the only water on this course is every third hole with little paper cups. The beverage cart made one brief appearance during our round. This is less than acceptable in desert heat.
The course maintenence folks are too intrusive and distracting here
and management should increase awareness training. Mower operators in close proximity to players then starting and stopping engines, workers watering fairways manually with no regard for golfers and walking in front as shots are being addressed are some examples.
This is not a player friendly course. You might as well be cart path only. The draconian cart control governor does not permit full use of the golf cart, and makes a round of golf a nasty sloug.
The tree lined fairways are wide and forgiving. There are several lakes where the hazard extends past the red stake. Hole #10 is a ball collector for first timers with a draw, #18 is a nasty long par 4 with water all around.
The better of the two courses
The Greens on both courses at Omni are fantastic, the staff and practice facilities are fantastic, but the Catalina course is by far the preferred 18 here.
A Very fair, and balanced layout. I especially like the variety of the par 5s: Some are tight and short, others are wide open and long; and the balance of the par 3's in yardages (though 3 of them are in the same direction) and layout: Over Water, Up hill, Long, Downhill and well bunkered.
The fairways are very forgiving, though
A Great Former PGA Stop Track
Although it is not a true desert course, the Catalina Course is a great resort course in the desert area. I enjoyed watching Johnny Miller win the old Dean Martin Tucson National Open on this course multiple times 40 years ago. The course has withstood the test of time. A few new 'tips' tees have been added, but most of us do not play from back there anyway. You have some elevation changes, water to steer through and a lot of well placed bunkers. The tee shot on #18 is one of the most demanding you will face anywhere. The course is in great shape, perhaps because the Champions Tour is stopping by in March, but I believe it would be kept that way regardless. The course is spread on two sides of major wash area, but the bridges take you over that. Development has gotten a bit closer to some of the holes, but are by no means on top of you. There are a few stretches where holes from Catalina intersect with holes from the Sonoran course, but it is hard to get lost. The Omni Resort is the starting and ending point for your round and Legends is a great 19th hole, where you can sit on the patio overlooking the 18th green and enjoy a refreshing margarita. I recommend Tucson National as part of any rotation of Tucson vacation golf courses.
Love, Love, Love
This is a fabulous course with a great layout and excellent maintenance. A bit pricey for guests but worth the visit. I would play it more if I could get a discount.
Old style course in good shape
This was a good course but the layout is not as scenic as others we played. It's pretty flat with some tree lined fairways. The greens were in good shape and the rough was short so the course wasn't too tough. This course was hosting a Champions Tour event two weeks later so it was cool to see the bleachers set up on some of the holes. A few of the holes were memorable, especially the 18th, but there isn't the elevation changes and open vistas that I love about some of the other Tucson courses. I got a really good golfnow price so it was a great value.
Jewel of Tucson
Best course in Tucson in terms of being there in front of you and beautifully conditioned. Played it many times and this might be the best shape I have experienced. Only issue was the driving range and pace of play. Front none was fast but back none got slow. The driving range was set up for us to use the far end and limited to 225 yards. Additionally, it was not fully stocked with balls. There was a Div 1 NCAA tournament which added to the issues in terms of everyone being able to get a spot and warmed up. Very disappointing for the college kids and us visitors. Members had ample space. The 225 yard limitation was frustrating. Of course, there was no information that this was going to be the case when we booked. This should be addressed for a first class venue like this.
Everything was great overall. Played late 2 isn for the deal.
Enjoyed the round, very playable course
Several others recommended the course which I now pass on. Played the Catalina 18. Rather a flat course with a more midwestern feel due to trees than a desert feel. Mostly a what you see is what you play type of layout. My first time on the track it was easy enough to get yardages and figure out the right shots. Greens were very firm, don't count on the approach checking up. (Champions Tour is coming in about 2 weeks which may be a factor.) Don't need driver on every hole. 18 is likely the best (most challenging) hole on the course - a great finishing hole. 4.5 hour round felt pretty much on pace for our unfamiliar foursome.
Best of the best in Tucson
The Catalina course at Tucson National never fails to impress me. I have been playing this course when I visit the area for the past 15-20 years! It's always in great shape, and the staff is always great! Very friendly, and helpful. They make you feel like a member! A great experience! I would recommend this course to anyone!
Perfect Sunday Afternoon
Reserved a tee time as a single and was paired with a lovely couple from Calgary and another single from England. The weather was superb, the course in good shape, but cart path only made for good exercise and a longer round of playing time at 4 hours plus. Starter was very helpful with good tips for playing the right tees, and club selection for elevated greens. Practice area provided great warm-up. Definitely a must play when you visit Tucson!
Course is in the best shape of any in Tucson
Tree lines fairways make you drive the straight. Some hidden water hazards that local knowledge is very helpful. A must golf course to play in Tucson. I definitely play there again.
Great golf course
An excellent golf course and a beautiful venue. My only complaint was that the greens were a little bumpy after a recent aeration.
greens still a bit bumpy
Other than the bumpy greens which had been plugged recently, the course is in exceptional shape. The fairways and tee boxes were excellent and the greens held beautifully. Plenty of drinking water on the course as well. Summer time rates, however, are not at all a bargain.