A player-friendly desert course above Tucson in the eastern foothills of the Catalina Mountains. The tee shot landing areas are ample, and there are usually bail-out areas adjacent to the few forced carries. The greens are reasonably trapped and contoured. The surrounding desert is well preserved; the views from the higher holes are spectacular. The Raven has been voted one of America's top ten new courses and the best in service for a daily-fee course.
Architect: Robert Trent Jones Jr.
Year Opened: 1996
Par & Yardage: 71, 6,776
Signature Hole: The eighteenth is a reachable five falling from an elevated tee then sweeping left around a lake. It was recently voted the best finishing hole in the state by the Arizona Republic.
How To Get A Tee Time: Call the pro shop.
Pro: Kirk Kokoska
Address: 9777 East Sabino Greens Drive
Target golf in the creosote deserts on the southeast side of Tucson. A muni that features a good shot-maker's layout. Bermuda greens overseeded with rye in winter.
Architect: Ken Kavanaugh
Year Opened: 1983
Par & Yardage: 72, 6,807
Signature Hole: The ninth, a densely bunkered 455-yard par four
How To Get A Tee Time: See Randolph North, below.
phone: See "Tee Time," Randolph North, below.
Pro: Mike Hayes
Address: 8251 East Irvington
Randolph North is a traditional parklands course set in the heart of Tucson -- mature trees, water, good if not large greens, an older course that is in condition to host an LPGA event every spring. This is a substantial, inexpensive change of pace for those who dread another trip into the cacti.
Architect: Bill Bell
Year Opened: 1930
Par & Yardage: 72, 6,863
Signature Hole: The fifteenth, a 210-yard par three guarded by water in the front and on the left
How To Get A Tee Time: The county reservation service handles tee times for all the public courses. Call 520-791-4336 up to a week in advance.
Pro: Terry Wilks
Address: 600 South Alvernon Way
*Greens fee reflects high-season rates and includes cart rental where carts are mandatory.
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