Ventana Canyon - Canyon Course

4.4762176471 4.5 stars from 5 (680)
  • 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 680 Reviews
5 stars:
458
4 stars:
161
3 stars:
35
2 stars:
14
1 stars:
12

recommend this course

621 out of 677 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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"Perfect Greens, Iffy Fairways"


jeromeg52's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/19/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Staff are repairing fairways, which are in rough shape in some areas. Greens are the best I've played in Tucson. Summer is a great time to play Ventana, price is reasonable.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


"Dissapointed with the Canyon Course"


u3583469's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/16/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I have played Ventana 5 or 6 times, and have never seen the (Canyon) Course I’m worse condition. The fairways had numerous areas with marginal grass. The greens varied from very fast to much slower, which made putting very difficult. Does Ventana abandon its courses in the low summer season?


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Fair

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 07/18/2018:

We are very sorry to hear that you did not enjoy the course. Please come back and visit us during the season.


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/08/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 07/11/2018:

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


comander21's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/04/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 07/05/2018:

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

"If You Book Online #2"


Curtis1388379's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 07/01/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather

Reviewed on

Please read the June 24 review "If you book online". This says it all, with my personal add on below.

I was paired with 3 other local residents, 2 were staying at the hotel and we all had played this course before but never even knew about the little pro-shop hidden away down by the swimming pool and tennis courts.

Lugging my clubs up 2 flights of stairs and to my car in the back of the hotel lot in 102 weather is not how I expected to end my round.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Good

Course Difficulty:  Extremely Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 07/05/2018:

We are sorry to hear about the experience you faced after your round. We hope you were still able to have a great round prior. Please come back and visit us soon.

"Ventana Mountain Course"


buckabob48's avatar
Age:  65+
Gender:  Male
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  5-9

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/29/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Ventana continues to be one of best courses in the Tucson area. The layout is challenging and the grounds are superb. These greens are sometimes difficult to read but always a true roll...fast and no bumps. The lodge facilities (pro shop and restaurant) are very nice.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 07/02/2018:

Thank you so much for the 5-star review of Ventana Canyon. Glad to hear you enjoyed your round. Please come back and visit us soon.


u415170358's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/29/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 07/02/2018:

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

"Great front 9, but all backed up on back 9"


u3583469's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  25+

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

I teed off early (7 AM) and moved quickly around an enjoyable front 9. But when I approached the 10th tee, the Starter said he had two foursomes teeing off before me. I waited 25 minutes to tee off, then was stuck behind two slow foursomes before I quit on the 13th hole. I thought it was poor course mananagement to make those of us turning the corner while they started new groups off the 10 tee.


Pace of Play: Fair

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 07/02/2018:

We are very sorry to hear about your experience while you were here at Ventana Canyon.

"Favorite AZ Course"


ovejeff1847's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/27/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

We have played Ventana many times over the years and still love both Courses!!

Great location , condition, and lay out.

Greens are very challenging, but for good golfers it is fun!! Very reasonably priced in the summer if you can take the hot weather . Traps are in good shape too!


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 07/02/2018:

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

"If You Book Online - You’re Treated As 2nd Class"


BALLI0778's avatar
Age:  55-64
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  10-14

3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/24/2018
Previously played

Reviewed on

First, let me say it’s a beautiful course, great condition and lightning fast greens that were immaculate. Definitely a challenging course and the Mountain Course’s signature Par 3 is really cool. I highly recommend playing it at least once.

With that said, here’s my beef on the experience. If you book online, you’re forced to check in at the Loews Resort area and not at Ventana Lodge. It’s further up the road and not convenient for the golfer. Plan on being there at least an hour prior and more if you like to spend time on the range.

Checking in at Loews Resort requires patience and time or lugging your clubs a long way through the parking lot and down a couple flights of stairs. If you’re patient, a shuttle will eventually pick you up in the parking lot then drive down a dilipidated cart path down around the cart barn and then you can walk up a couple flights of stairs past the pool and tennis courts to check in.

Upon check in, the staff in a little hole in the wall pro shop knows why you’re there and treats you the same. You’re the discount golfer and not a resort guest.

Then you walk back down to your cart. Nothing like a good cardio workout before your round!

Upon completion of your round, you better hope staff is available to shuttle you and your clubs back up to your car, if not you’ll be lugging them up a couple flights of stairs and to your car.

Again, beautiful course but be aware how you’ll be treated. 2nd Class.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 06/28/2018:

We are absolutely thrilled that you enjoyed your round with us. We are sorry to hear that you felt you were not thrilled with the way you were treated. Our goal is to ensure all of our guests have the best possible experience.

"Ventana Mountain Course"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/20/2018
Previously played Used cart Perfect weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Enjoyable round of golf, was neither pushed or had to wait for anyone the entire round. course was in great condition, greens were fast but true. Altogether an enjoyable round of golf.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Good

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 06/25/2018:

Thank you so much for the 5-star review of Ventana Canyon. We are glad to hear you enjoyed the course conditions. Please come back and visit us soon.

"Fantastic Father's Day"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

PLAYED WITH MY SON. STAFF WAS GREAT. PACE OF PLAY WAS PERFECT. COURSE WAS IN GOOD SHAPE EVEN AFTER THE STORM THE DAY BEFORE. COULD NOT ASK FOR A BETTER WAY TO SPEND FATHER'S DAY.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Excellent

Off-Course Amenities: Excellent


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 06/21/2018:

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


u000001970570's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2018
Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

staff not friendly. staff person at pro shop by the resort very unwelcoming. I wanted to buy some merchandise and asked it as I could not find the tag. he said something to the effect of 'keep looking' and offered not help. he cart attendant - and there was no one else there- asked if I'd been in contact with my party, I had not and told him so. asked by me why, he said ' you may have to come back here to pick him up. the range/clubhouse is a long way to the cart pick up and I'm the paying guest, so why would I have to do this? just a bad taste in my mouth. several employees that certainly aren't going to help Ventana earn my golf buck.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 06/21/2018:

We are very sorry to hear the staff was unprofessional during your visit here. We do not condone rude behavior to our guests. Please accept our deepest apologies.



4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/17/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Average

Value for the Money: Average

Off-Course Amenities: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 06/21/2018:

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

"Very Disappointed"


u000001190221's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Once a month

1 1.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/12/2018
Previously played Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

This golf course was very disappointing, as five greens did not have pins or flagsticks and irrigation was running on numerous greens. I mentioned this to course management and they could care less and wouldn’t give a refund. Very disappointed.


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Poor

Staff Friendliness: Poor

Value for the Money: Poor

Off-Course Amenities: Fair


I don't recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 06/15/2018:

We are very sorry to hear about your experience while you were here with us. We hope that all of our guests have the best possible experience while they are here with us.

"Excellent conditions, great tie to play Ventana."


jeromeg52's avatar
Skill:  Intermediate
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  15-19

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/11/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Greens near perfect, and fast. Fairways nice and firm for a good rollout. Rough trimmed to very playable length. Bunkers pristine.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Fair

Course Difficulty:  Somewhat Challenging


I recommend this course


Response from Las Vegas National on 06/15/2018:

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

"A must play!"


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

5 5.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/10/2018
First time playing Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Ultimate golfing experience! Mountain course is an awesome layout with spectacular views that will bring you back for another round of golf. This course is on my must play list when visiting Tucson.


Pace of Play: Excellent

Course Layout: Excellent

Course Conditions: Excellent

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 06/18/2018:

Thank you for the 5-star review of Ventana Canyon. Glad to hear you enjoyed your round on the Mountain Course. Please come back and visit us soon.

"Aerated greens"


virgocurtis's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Once a week
Handicap:  10-14

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
Previously played Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

The fairways were fine, with extra watering on some brown spots cause of the heat. Greens had been aerated a while ago and still had evidence of that, making them very difficult to read and putt. Even small breaks seemed to be magnified which was difficult. Ventana is a walk in a garden to play. It's very beautiful and a fine experience every time.


Pace of Play: Good

Course Layout: Excellent

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 06/15/2018:

Thank you for the 4-star review of Ventana Canyon. Glad to hear you enjoyed your round while you were here with us. Please come back and visit us soon.

"Driving and not with your driver"



3 3.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/09/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on

Hmmmm...well needless to say it was difficult to find pro shop. Once you get your cart you have to drive a mile or so to the driving range. It was a cluster since everyone there was on a shotgun start. We had to drive, again, to our starting hole...what a trip. The course itself was ok to play. No yardage book or gps. I have to say I remember most about driving to hole to hole then the course itself. The pace of play was sloooooooow. No marshall.....after driving back up to hole #1 my partner and I decided to call it a day.....with 4 holes to play...I will skip this course next time down and pay a few more dollars.....


Pace of Play: Poor

Course Layout: Average

Course Conditions: Average

Staff Friendliness: Fair

Value for the Money: Fair

Off-Course Amenities: Poor

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I don't recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 06/15/2018:

We are very sorry to hear about the slow pace of play. There normally aren't shotgun starts. We hope you reconsider and give our course another shot.


u000003388549's avatar
Skill:  Advanced
Plays:  Few times a week
Handicap:  5-9

4 4.0 stars from 5 Played on 06/04/2018
First time playing Used cart Hot weather Verified Purchaser

Reviewed on


Pace of Play: Average

Course Layout: Good

Course Conditions: Good

Staff Friendliness: Excellent

Value for the Money: Good

Off-Course Amenities: Average

Course Difficulty:  Moderate


I recommend this course


Response from Ventana Canyon on 06/07/2018:

Hello, thank you for he four-star rating. We are glad you had a great golf experience at The Lodge at Ventana Canyon. We also appreciate your rating on our pace of play. Thank you for visiting us and we hope to see you again soon!


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