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Tubac Golf Resort - Anza Nine Review

Texas Outside Rating: 8.8

Golf - Resort Public Course · 9 Holes · Par 35
Tubac, AZ
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Online Specials · Discounted Tee Times · Stay & Play
Date Last Played: February 10, 2011

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Tubac Golf Resort - Anza Nine Review

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa is home to 27 holes of golf that are a real joy to play.  Each nine has its own unique personality and characteristics, for example:

  • Otero has eight of the Resort's original holes and it is the tighter of the three nines, lush from tee to green, and has the smallest greens
  • Rancho is the toughest and most demanding of the three nines thanks to fairways lined with stately cottonwood and mesquite trees and it is known for two of the holes which were made famous by Kevin Costner's Tin Cup
  • Anza is the newest of the nines and it has a desert links look and feel on the first five holes and concludes with four outstanding finishing holes

Common to all three nines is a first class resort, upscale stay and play lodging, excellent service, near perfect conditions, and beautiful scenery with two mountain ranges as the backdrop.  All three nines are very player friendly and designed to deliver a very playable and enjoyable round of golf. 

Tubac Golf Resort’s Anza course is the newest of the nines and opened for play in 2006 as a mixture of six new holes and three holes from one of the other nines.  This nine is the shortest with four tee boxes and yardages ranging from 2418 to 3241 yards – it also is a par 35 with two par 5s and three par 3s.  Anza gives you an opportunity to have a very relaxing and enjoyable round and head to the club house with a possible record low score. 

Anza's layout is very playable and more characteristic of resort courses with wide forgiving fairways and big greens.   Because Anza is more open, the prevailing winds can be challenging and you need to carefully manage them.  This nine also has several beautiful homes lining one side of the fairway. 

The first few holes have an open links and more of a desert course feel to them.  This nine is also the most scenic with panoramic views of the desert and Santa Rita Mountains to the east and another mountain range to the west.   Anza was also home to three of our favorite holes at Tubac Golf Resort & Spa:

  • #4 is a downhill 243 yard par 3 that demands an accurate shot to carry the natural area and stuff it on a green guarded by two good sized bunkers – great hole and the view of the desert and mountains is stunning
  • #5 is a phenomenal hole – a dogleg right 511 yard par five that requires a precise drive off the tee box and an accurate approach, from tee to green you'll need to avoid the six bunkers, natural areas, and two sparkling ponds – the yardage book states “Welcome to Tubac’s Amen Corner” and states that #5's green complex is reminiscent of the 12th hole at Augusta – a beautiful, challenging, and fun hole
  • #9 is a short 140 yard par three to a 34 yard deep island green with a bunker protecting the right front – the fans having lunch on the patio will frequently cheer for good shots, place bets on “will he make it,” or snicker with each kerplunk as your ball takes a dive into the lake

Like the other two nines at Tubac Golf Resort, Anza’s conditions are near perfect – the greens are in great shape, the fairways are lush and thick, the rough is perfect and playable, everything is well maintained, and the bunkers have good sand. 

Great nine holes that you will want to play again, and again, and again.  A great layout that is a blast to play.

Read our review of Otero and Rancho and to learn more about Tubac Resort, read our Tubac Resort Golf Stay & Play review.

The rating and slope are based on the Anza/Rancho  course.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 3,194 71.5 127
Blue 2,996 69.1 121
White 2,741 66.1 114
Red 2,430 69.8 121

Course Information

Course Architect:
Robert "Red" Lawrence
Greens Type:
Bent
Greens Condition
9.5
Greens Difficulty
8.0
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Yes
Beware of water on 4 holes and the 27 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
8.8 out of 10
Beauty:
8.5
Difficulty:
8.5
Variety:
8.5
Fun to Play:
10.0
Value:
8.0
Condition:
9.0
Front Nine Rating:
8.8
Back Nine Rating:
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FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$39.00 to $109.00

Service is outstanding, the practice facilities are very good, the pro shop is well stocked, and the restaurant is top notch.

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Here's How Texas Outside Determines the Scorecard Rating

The Texas Outside rating scale ranges from 1 to 10 – a perfect 10 course would be something like this:  links along a cliff overlooking the Pacific ocean and bordered by tall trees; lush fairways on rolling hills with lots of natural hazards; water (which is crystal clear) on most of the holes; immaculate greens (but they are undulating and tough); lots of variety and character (each hole is completely different and includes blind shots, elevation changes, doglegs, and significant challenges); perfectly manicured traps with the whitest and prettiest sand you’ve ever seen; a nice club house with great food and a 19th hole; a GPS; plenty of beverage carts or your own cooler and ice; and it only costs $40 bucks! What this means is that you probably won’t find any 10s in Texas – try Cabo San Lucas, Pebble Beach, or some of the Hawaii courses! 
Texas Outside rates courses on the following:

  • Beauty – tall trees, rolling hills, beautiful houses, waterfalls, and similar stuff would score high; a 1 would be flat, bushes or cactus instead of trees, and some grass but mostly weeds
  • Difficulty – a straight, 300 yard par 4 with no traps or hazards, no out of bounds or water would probably get a 1; if it is a 460 yard par 4 over two ravines, with water along one side, natural hazards on the other, strategically placed traps or that dreaded tree right in the middle of the fairway, we are talking a 10. 
  • Variety – what would you give a course where all the holes looked and played exactly the same (“I thought we just played that hole!”); were side-by-side, which is good for finding or dodging other people’s balls, but not much fun; and you can see the flag from every tee box?  That’s right, it gets a 1.
  • Fun Scale – a 10 is where you walk off the course and say “now that was fun” and you can’t wait to get back, or you immediately turn around and play another 18 holes
  • Value – a 5 is $50 to $60, a 10 is $20 to $30, and 1 is $200 or so – of course all of this is dependent upon how you liked the course.  For example, if a run down, boring municipal course, with six players on each hole was only $10; it would still get a value rating of 1.
  • Condition – this one’s pretty easy – what condition are the fairways. A 10 commands very lush perfectly manicured fairways, compared to a 1, which has fire ants, weeds, and more dirt than grass!
  • Condition of Greens and Difficulty – very hard to read greens with lots of undulation and tough pin placement, rate very high on the difficulty scale.  Condition is self-explanatory.  

All of the above determines the overall score for the golf course.  In other words, we like courses that are pretty, fun, very challenging with a lot of variety, and fairways and greens in excellent condition – all for $40.  We also tend to play the courses that are affordable for the masses, which means in the $30 to $80 range. We rate hard and we haven’t found a 10 in Texas yet – don’t worry we haven’t given up and we’re still looking.