Ventana Canyon - Canyon Course

4.5043647059 4.5 stars from 5 (657)
  • Holes: 18
  • Par: 72
  • Length: 6836 yards
  • Slope: 137
  • Rating: 71.7
  • Layout

Rentals/Services

Carts: Yes - included in green fees
Pull-carts: No
Clubs: Yes
Caddies: No
GPS: No

Practice/Instruction

Driving range: Yes
Pitching/chipping area: Yes
Putting green: Yes
Teaching pro: Yes
Golf school / academy: Yes - "Ventana Canyon Golf Academy"

Policies

Walking allowed: No
Metal spikes allowed: No
Dress code: Collared shirt required, no denim
Credit cards accepted: VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed

Tees | Layout | Full Scorecard

Tee Par Length Rating Slope
Black 72 6836 yards 71.7 137
Green 72 6537 yards 70.7 135
Gold 72 6299 yards 70.7 135
Blue 72 5962 yards 68.3 128
Silver 72 5822 yards 67.8 126
Silver (W) 72 5822 yards 74.3 140
Turquoise (W) 72 5442 yards 73.1 132
Coral (W) 72 5282 yards 72.8 124
Copper (W) 72 4939 yards 71.1 121

Accolades

Rating Snapshot

GA Rating Index 4.5 stars from 5
Off-Course Amenities: 4.0 stars from 5
Value: 4.3 stars from 5
Pace of Play: 4.0 stars from 5
Staff Friendliness: 4.3 stars from 5
Course Layout: 4.6 stars from 5
Course Conditions: 4.7 stars from 5
Rating Breakdown 657 Reviews
5 stars:
449
4 stars:
152
3 stars:
31
2 stars:
14
1 stars:
11

recommend this course

601 out of 654 reviews


What Golfers Are Saying

Location is at a resort worth the drive convenient to the city   Great for wildlife/ scenic views advanced golfers a weekend splurge   Challenges include elevation changes bunkers undulating greens   Great for drinks 19th hole scenic views patio dining  

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u000005823851's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/21/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The mountain course was awesome, fairways were awsome! The greens were aeriated recently so they were bumpy! The views were Incredible! We played the round 4HRS &15minutes. Not to bad for first time on the mountain course. Would play once a week if i lived closer.

The draw back to this whole review is there is NO guidance to entrance of the course and No bag drop! NO SIGNS LEADING YOU TO THE COURSE! VERY VERY DIFFICULT TO FIND HELP TO GUIDE YOU.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent


I recommend this course


"Greens are terrible."


dougswanson57's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/18/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Green were very grainy. Poor service. At 3:00 there was no one around to clean clubs or help getting club to parking lot. No what you expect from a resort course.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 05/21/2018:

Doug, we would like to apologize for the experience you faced while you were here at Ventana Canyon. We hope your next round with us is much better.

"great vistas on the course"


technician1's avatar
Age:  65+
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  Don't know

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/14/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

it was a fun day. the greens were recently aerated so putting was a challenge and we has not been informed of the green condition.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 05/21/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review of Ventana Canyon. Glad you were able to enjoy your round despite the recent course maintenance. Please come back and visit us soon.

"Nice Course"


Jbkelso's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/12/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I always enjoy playing either the Canyon course or the Mountain course, especially after May 1 when the prices drop. Both courses have always been in very good shape for the desert. The guy in the pro shop who checked me in owes me 3 bucks.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I recommend this course


Response from Kevin Christian on 05/16/2018:

We are sorry for the confusion about the $3. Would you mind emailing us so that we can rectify the situation? <br/> Kevin Christian | kchristian@thelodgeatventanacanyon.com

"Disappointing"


frankmaier's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

2 2.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/10/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Had a friend in from Illinois and wanted to show him a nice course. I've played there a few times before and enjoyed it. Not this time. We got there and the guy in the pro shop was very aloof. Got out to the course and found out that all the greens had just been sanded. If I'd had known that in advance, I wouldn't have played the course. It was like putting on the beach. If that wasn't bad enough, we had a five hour round. Saw the ranger once and he said the course was backed up. Really!. How'd you like to wait on every shot for five hours in 100+ heat. I won't be back.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 05/14/2018:

We would like to apologize for the course being under maintenance during your round.

"This course has rolling greens"


atsilva51's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/09/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great condition and challenging.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 05/14/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Ventana Canyon. Please come back and visit us soon.

"Great Track"


u00000379256's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 05/03/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Carved into the Catalina Mountains on the Eastside of Tucson this place is a real gem. Great staff, excellent fairways and the greens are superb. I will return.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 05/14/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Ventana Canyon. Please come back and visit us soon.

"My Course"


je00774's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/30/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

A fun and very challenging course. Particularly the back nine. Great views and the playing conditions were superb!! This is private Golf quality at a public course price!! I look forward to playing again..

John O


Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 05/03/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Ventana Canyon. Glad to hear you love the price and the course! Please come back and visit us soon.

"favorite Tucson Course"


swgolf93's avatar
Age:  55-64
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months
Handicap:  20-24

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/25/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Great course conditions. Very fast greens made it very challenging. Can't beat the scenery and the variety of hole layouts. Over the years, I have played all the courses in Tucson area available to general Public. I moved out of state 5 yrs ago.. I will always choose Ventana any time I get close to the old pueblo.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 04/30/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Ventana Canyon. When you come back we hope to see you again soon.

"Beautiful course, but difficult to navigate."


drankin2014's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/21/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We have played the Mountain course in the past and loved it, but on Saturdays it is "members only" , so we were only able to get out on the Canyon. Unfortunately the earliest tee time we could get was 3:30 and the staff apparently went home after our front nine--the snack bar was closed, restrooms closed, no beverage cart and no one to direct us to the 10th tee. This took us at least 20 minutes to find and involved crossing a busy road intersection. The course is marked with markers pointing to the longest tees, but there is quite a drought of directions in between these markers and where we were hitting from. The two courses intersect on the back nine, so it can be very confusing, even for us experienced golfers. we had to quit after 14 due to impending darkness and then spent another 20 minutes trying to get back to the clubhouse in the dark.

Getting to the first tee was also difficult as entrance staff directed us to the Lowes lodge which we were not staying at, and the Lowes staff told us that the course staff should send us out. After going to both, we went back to the lodge and they took our bags and got our cart and directed us back to the starter quite a ways away. We will only play the Mountain course in the future--not on Saturdays!


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Fair

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 04/25/2018:

Thank you for the kind words and the 4-star review of Ventana Canyon. Sorry you were a little lost, please come back and tee it up with us soon.

"Hope you can find the Pro Shop"


artsdeal's avatar
Top 50 Contributor
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/18/2018
First time playing Used cart Perfect weather

Reviewed on

Played the Mountain Course: Drove to Resort there is no sign for golf or a bag drop. Was told pro shop was behind the restaurant. Parked walked to pro shop and was told to go back to car and they would send someone to get clubs. That is it just the clubs, walked back to our cart. All the practice facilities are at Canyon course. Nice facilities. Pace of play was great. Course is beautiful. Greens are cut for the Pros and so were the pin placements. The green could no hold a shot if you dropped straight down on them. Expect to have many more than your normal 3 putts. If you are a 10+ handicap I would say you are wasting your time. Not enjoyable at all.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I don't recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 04/25/2018:

We are sorry to hear you did not enjoy your round with us here. We hope your next experience is much better.

"this course has rolling greens"


atsilva51's avatar
Top 1000 Contributor
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2018
Previously played Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The course was in great shape, but pace of play was extremely slow 5.5hours. A call to the club house and another conversation with the starter provided no results. Otherwise it was a great time


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 04/25/2018:

Thank you for the review of Ventana Canyon. We would like to apologize for the pace of play. Please come back and visit us soon.



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/17/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Average


I don't recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 04/25/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Ventana Canyon. Please come back and visit us soon.


GRaetz's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/16/2018
First time playing Used cart Windy weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Course was in good condition, bunkers actually had sand in them. Tee off was 12:10 and got to 89 degrees but had a nice breeze most of the day until about 12th hole then started to get windy. Loved the layout of the mountain course. Played from the Blue Tees.


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 04/18/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review of Ventana Canyon. Please come back and visit us soon.


Molldoll's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/15/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 04/18/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Ventana Canyon. Please come back and visit us soon.



5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/15/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 04/18/2018:

Thank you for star review of Ventana Canyon. Please come back and visit us soon.

"Terrible Service"


MarlinMiles's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/11/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Great course!! Well maintained. Terrible customer service. Unfriendly pro shop. Cart person not around and not helpful. Starter was not available or busy!!


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 04/18/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review of Ventana Canyon. Sorry to hear you had such a poor customer service experience. We hope your next one is much better.

"Great course. Tough greens."


thebigo22's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 04/08/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This is a beautiful, scenic course that is always in perfect condition. Only complaint is that the greens are undulating and very difficult. Not quite as diabolical as Dove Mountain but tough in their own right. My buddy, who is an 11 handicap, 3-putted multiple times and 4-putted twice as well. (He chipped in from 100 yards on 17 just to avoid putting. ) Other than that, it's a very fair though challenging course and is fun to play because it is so well-manicured. It was about a 4 1/2 hour round on a warm Sunday afternoon. Waited on some holes but overall not bad. Can't complain about an extra 15 minutes on such a beautiful course on a gorgeous day.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 04/10/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review of Ventana Canyon. Please come back and visit us soon.


amcaz's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 04/03/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Ventana Canyon. Please come back and visit us soon.


hsamora's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once every three months

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 03/31/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 04/03/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Ventana Canyon. Please come back and visit us soon.


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