Tucson National - Sonoran Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.0

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 70
Tucson, AZ
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Date Last Played: January 03, 2016

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Tucson National - Sonoran Course Review

Review and Rating of Tucson National Sonoran Course in Tucson Arizona

Review and Rating of Tucson National Sonoran Course in Tucson Arizona

Tucson National is home to two 18 hole championship courses (Catalina and Sonoran) and one of Arizona's top rated resorts - the Omini Tucson National Resort and Spa.  The courses and resort are nestled in the foothills with sweeping views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. 

The Omni Tucson National Resort has been the home to countless PGA Tour and NCAA events including the prestigious Chrysler Classic of Tucson and both the courses and the Resort have won a number of awards and accolades, a couple of which include:  AAA Four Diamond Award and GolfWeeks list of the "Best Courses in Arizona." 

Each of the courses at Tucson National has it's own unique personality and characteristics.  For example, the Catalina 18 is a very traditional tree lined layout and the Sonoran Course is a beautiful high desert design with dramatic elevation changes. 

Some of the reasons we loved playing the Sonoran Course include:

  • the course is meticulously  maintained and manicured - you won't find a blade of grass, a rock, or cacti out of  place
  • the course is challenging with dog legs, strategically placed bunkers, elevation changes, and forced carries over the desert and washes but with 4 sets of tee boxes and no forced carries for the forward, it's fair for all skill levels
  • big challenging green complexes that put a premium on the approach shots
  • wide forgiving undulating fairways that are in near perfect condition
  • stunning colorful desert scenery and panoramic mountain vistas
  • some really fun and unique holes
  • excellent service, great practice facilities, and a very good clubhouse

The fairways are wide and forgiving off the tee box but the undulating and sloping terrain and significant elevation changes can create some challenges.  The rough is wide and playable but miss it and you're in the desert.  The Sonoran Course plays up and down the hillside lined with some resort and residential properties.  When we played the fairways and rough were in near perfect condition. 

The greens on Tucson National's Sonoran Course were also in excellent condition.  The green complexes are well guarded with bunkers which puts a premium on your approach shots.  When we played they were running at a great speed and were soft, true, and held the ball well.  

The bunkers seem to be everywhere and they range from small pot type bunkers to some huge monsters.  The sand was good and the faces were manageable.  

Designed by 2006 Ryder Cup Captain Tom Lehman, the Sonoran course opened in December 2005 to enthusiastic reviews. This desert-style layout features steep elevation changes and some unusual uphill/downhill shot opportunities not typically found in Tucson. The Sonoran offers spectacular vistas of natural beauty of the surrounding terrain.

 

COURSE FACTS

 

  • Desert-style course with two lakes and 69 bunkers
  • Strategically placed bunkers
  • Fairways feature Tifway 419 pollen-free Bermuda
  • Greens feature Mini Verde Bermuda
- See more at: http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/tucson-national/golf/sonoran-course#sthash.QwcgvJv4.dpuf

Designed by 2006 Ryder Cup Captain Tom Lehman, the Sonoran course opened in December 2005 to enthusiastic reviews. This desert-style layout features steep elevation changes and some unusual uphill/downhill shot opportunities not typically found in Tucson. The Sonoran offers spectacular vistas of natural beauty of the surrounding terrain.

 

COURSE FACTS

 

  • Desert-style course with two lakes and 69 bunkers
  • Strategically placed bunkers
  • Fairways feature Tifway 419 pollen-free Bermuda
  • Greens feature Mini Verde Bermuda
- See more at: http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/tucson-national/golf/sonoran-course#sthash.QwcgvJv4.dpuf

Designed by 2006 Ryder Cup Captain Tom Lehman, the Sonoran course opened in December 2005 to enthusiastic reviews. This desert-style layout features steep elevation changes and some unusual uphill/downhill shot opportunities not typically found in Tucson. The Sonoran offers spectacular vistas of natural beauty of the surrounding terrain.

 

COURSE FACTS

 

  • Desert-style course with two lakes and 69 bunkers
  • Strategically placed bunkers
  • Fairways feature Tifway 419 pollen-free Bermuda
  • Greens feature Mini Verde Bermuda
- See more at: http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/tucson-national/golf/sonoran-course#sthash.QwcgvJv4.dpuf

Designed by 2006 Ryder Cup Captain Tom Lehman, the Sonoran course opened in December 2005 to enthusiastic reviews. This desert-style layout features steep elevation changes and some unusual uphill/downhill shot opportunities not typically found in Tucson. The Sonoran offers spectacular vistas of natural beauty of the surrounding terrain.

 

COURSE FACTS

 

  • Desert-style course with two lakes and 69 bunkers
  • Strategically placed bunkers
  • Fairways feature Tifway 419 pollen-free Bermuda
  • Greens feature Mini Verde Bermuda
- See more at: http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/tucson-national/golf/sonoran-course#sthash.QwcgvJv4.dpuf

Designed by 2006 Ryder Cup Captain Tom Lehman, the Sonoran course opened in December 2005 to enthusiastic reviews. This desert-style layout features steep elevation changes and some unusual uphill/downhill shot opportunities not typically found in Tucson. The Sonoran offers spectacular vistas of natural beauty of the surrounding terrain.

 

COURSE FACTS

 

  • Desert-style course with two lakes and 69 bunkers
  • Strategically placed bunkers
  • Fairways feature Tifway 419 pollen-free Bermuda
  • Greens feature Mini Verde Bermuda
- See more at: http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/tucson-national/golf/sonoran-course#sthash.QwcgvJv4.dpuf
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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Gold 6,529 70.9 130
Blue 6,021 68.1 125
White 5,182 64.8 114
Red 4,579 64.7 110

Course Information

Course Architect:
Tom Lehman
Greens Type:
Bermuda
Greens Condition
9.5
Greens Difficulty
8.8
Fairway Condition
9.5
Bunker Condition
8.5
GPS:
No
Walkable:
Hillhy
Course Map
Beware of water on 2 holes and the 69 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.0 out of 10
Beauty:
9.0
Difficulty:
8.8
Variety:
9.0
Fun to Play:
9.5
Value:
8.5
Condition:
9.5
Front Nine Rating:
9.0
Back Nine Rating:
9.0
Exterior

FEES & AMENITIES

Approximate Weekend
Rates:
$45.00 to $190.00

The pro shop is very well stocked, the practice facilities are excellent, the service is good, and grill is great

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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. 

 

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