Tubac Golf Resort - Otero Nine Review
Tubac Golf Resort - Otero Nine Review
Tuba cGolf 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 Otero nine is the easiest and most traditional and straight forward of all three nines. This is a very player friendly nine with flat tree lined fairways. In most cases you can see the pin from the tee box and easily access what you're up against. No tricks and no gimmicks to get you.
That's not to say Otero is a walk in the park, you'll need to keep the ball in the fairway and away from the trees, you find a couple tough approaches, water on four holes, some dog legs that require a precise drive, strategically placed fairway bunkers and green side bunkers, and some tricky greens.
There are also several fun holes, like:
- #2 a 529 yard dog leg right par 5 that requires a precise drive off the tee box to make the turn or a good risk reward opportunity to try and fly some stately cottonwoods for a birdie opportunity
- #5 is a slight downhill dog right then a tough approach through a slot and over a small pond in front of the green
- #9 will make you want to play this nine again - a short but challenging 315 yard par four with water along the left side and a tough landing zone thanks to water, two fairway bunkers, and a narrowing fairway
The greens on Otero are all shapes and sizes (21 to 33 yards deep), with gentle but manageable slope, and they held the ball well. They were in great shape but we thought they were running a little slow (around an 8) and a tad fuzzy (bumpy).
The fairways are ample and the first cut is playable - after that you're under or next to the cottonwoods or mesquites. They were over seeded when we played in early February but were in excellent condition - lush, green, and soft.
The bunkers are about average size with fair and manageable depth as well as faces. The sand was a little harder and thinner than most resort courses.
Bottom line - Otero gives you an opportunity to have a very relaxing and enjoyable round and turn in a great score if you can keep the ball in play.
The rating and slope are based on the Otero/Anza course.
Course Slope & Ratings
- Course Architect:
- Robert "Red" Lawrence
- Greens Type:
- Bent Grass
- Beware of water on 4 holes and the 25 sand traps.
Texas Outside Rating
- Overall Rating:
- 8.3 out of 10
- Fun to Play:
- Front Nine Rating:
- Back Nine Rating:
FEES & AMENITIES
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.
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!
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.