Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa

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3.9
152
5 Stars
87
4 Stars
56
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
2
1 Stars
1
Staff Friendliness
4.3
Pace
3.8
Amenities
4.3
Conditions
3.9
Value
3.3
Layout
4.1
99.4%
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Staff Friendliness
4.0
Pace
3.0
Amenities
3.0
Conditions
3.0
Value
3.0
Layout
3.0
100.0%
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4.0
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3.0
Amenities
3.0
Conditions
3.0
Value
3.0
Layout
3.0
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About

Holes 18
Par 73
Length 7262
Slope 136
Rating 75.4
Type Resort
Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Blue 73 7262 yards 75.4 136
White 73 6610 yards 72.2 131
Red 73 5717 yards 67.9 125
Red (W) 73 5717 yards 73.1 131
Yellow (W) 73 5414 yards 71.5 127
Scorecard for Catalina
Metrics:
Hole 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Out 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 In Total
Blue M: 75.4/136 395 535 375 170 398 425 247 587 436 3568 511 525 183 404 404 610 428 186 443 3694 7262
White M: 72.2/131 370 485 350 150 370 400 197 523 400 3245 481 505 166 347 373 543 367 169 414 3365 6610
Red M: 67.9/125 W: 73.1/131 345 450 315 105 335 360 142 472 300 2824 412 449 146 270 352 463 305 144 352 2893 5717
Yellow W: 71.5/127 287 383 315 105 335 307 142 472 300 2646 412 430 102 270 335 450 305 112 352 2768 5414
Handicap 5 13 15 17 11 3 7 9 1 10 6 16 18 4 8 12 14 2
Par 4 5 4 3 4 4 3 5 4 36 5 5 3 4 4 5 4 3 4 37 73
Handicap (W) 9 11 13 15 7 5 17 1 3 10 4 16 14 8 6 12 18 2

Course Details

Year Built 1963
Fairways Tifway 419 pollen-free Bermuda Grass
Greens Champion Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Bruce Devlin (1963) Robert von Hagge (1963)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range 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

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Reviews

3.9
152

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 24
Patio Dining 17
19th Hole Scenic Views 16
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 28
Bunkers 26
Plays Long 14
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 20
A Weekend Splurge 18
Entertaining Clients 18
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 30
Convenient to the City 27
Worth the Drive 12
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Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
3.0
Texas Advisor
Top 100 Contributor
First Time Playing
Windy weather
Used cart

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.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Average
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Average
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Average
Played On
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Previously Played
Hot weather

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
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Average
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 100 Contributor
Massachusetts Advisor
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

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.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

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.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 250 Contributor
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

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.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Average
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Average
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

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.
Staff Friendliness Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Good
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Excellent weather
Used cart

omni

Everything was great overall. Played late 2 isn for the deal.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Excellent
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Good weather
Used cart

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.
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Pace of Play Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent
Course Layout Good
Played On
Handicap 5-9
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Average weather
Used cart

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!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Quality of food & beverage Excellent
Pace of Play Excellent
Off-course amenities Excellent
Course Conditions Excellent
Value for the Money Excellent
Played On
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

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!
Staff Friendliness Excellent
Quality of food & beverage Good
Pace of Play Good
Off-course amenities Good
Course Conditions Good
Value for the Money Excellent

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Valid dates: Aug 13, 2018 - Dec 31, 2019
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