Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Oro Valley, AZ
Review & Rating of El Conquistador's Canada Course in Oro Valley, AZ
El Conquistador is owned by the City of Oro Valley and managed by Troon Golf. They are home to three championship golf courses, the Conquistador Course, the Canada Course, and the Pusch Ridge Course. All of the courses play in the shadow of the dramatic Santa Catalina Mountains.
The Canada Course has stunning views of three mountain ranges as it's well-manicured fairways play through saguaro cactus capped hillsides and natural desert terrain. On the way to the cup on the 18th hole, you'll encounter elevated tee boxes, uphill as well as downhill shots, mounds, undulations, understated bunkering, interesting doglegs, challenging green complexes, and some fun holes. Shot shaping and course management are critical to a good score.
Some of the holes that we really liked included:
The Canada Course greens are about average size, run true, are soft, have plenty of undulation, and in very good condition. The greens are hard to read and require some careful study. Some of the greens are raised and all are well guarded.
The fairways at El Conquistador's Canada Course are fairly generous to a tad tight off the tee box. There are lots of elevation changes and plenty of undulation, which can take you ball into some trouble.
The bunkers range in size and shape, with most being large. Some of the faces are steep and challenging. The sand is thin and gritty.
Rates: $35.00 to $70.00
The pro shop is well stocked and the practice facilities are good. The restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. There are tennis courts as well as a huge fitness center.
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.