El Conquistador - Canada Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.0

Golf - Public Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Oro Valley, AZ

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El Conquistador - Canada Course Review

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:

  • #8 was voted the toughest par 3 in Tucson thanks to a 183-yard downhill shot to a green with the desert on the right and left and a big front and back bunker
  • #9 is a fun 547-yard par 5 with an elevated tee box, a downhill fairway, a tree in the middle of the fairway at 240 yards out, a dogleg right to the green, and lots of fairway slope that will take your ball into some trouble
  • #16 is a 533-yard par 5 with a landing zone that ends in a wash and then heads slightly uphill to a green with 3 big bunkers on the right and water on the left

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.

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 6,636 72.0 135
Blue 5,981 68.7 127
White 5,737 67.4 124
Gold 6,199 69.8 129
Red 5,093 69.9 125

Course Information

Course Architect:
Greg Nash and Jeff Hardin
Greens Type:
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Bunker Condition
Course Map
Beware of water on 2 holes and the 33 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.0 out of 10
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Approximate Weekend
$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! 
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.