Review & Rating of Sewailo Golf Club in Tucson Arizona
Sewailo Golf Club is a new addition to a portfolio of excellent Tucson area courses and it's a beauty and must play if you're in the area!
Sewailo means "flower world" in the Pascua Yaqui language and the course plays through the natural desert and includes more than 30,000 plants and native flowers plus native cacti and brittle brush. Planted trees include pine, Texas mountain laurel, weeping willows, palo verde, mesquite and flowering evergreen. In early spring the course is alive with a variety of colors from the blooming cacti, brittle brush, over 500 rose bushes, and 80 pyracanthas. Couple all of that beauty with multiple cascading streams and creeks with four waterfalls, several ponds, and the mountains and Casino Del Sol as the background for several holes - it just doesn't get much more scenic for a desert course.
The Pascua Yaqui Tribe wanted to work within the land and honor its natural gifts and wonders in their golf course design and as such they hired fellow native American Notah Begay (a PGA Tour player, an NBC Commentator, and a noted golf course designer) and Ty Butler to create a masterpiece that some would describe as a parkland desert oasis! And to manage the course they hired the undisputed worldwide leader in top-shelf golf experience - Troon Golf.
Sewailo is a well manicured and groomed 18 hole 5209 to 7283 yard par 72 course that's fun, challenging, in near perfect condition, and home to an excellent layout that will test your game by throwing a lot at you - doglegs both left and right, lots of huge treacherous bunkers, ponds and creeks, forced carries, minor elevation changes, and demanding green complexes. But Sewailo is fair and has 7 yardage options to choose from - so pick a yardage that fits your game and if you don't bite off too much you'll have a fun and very enjoyable round that you won't want to end. It's not surprising that Sewailo was named in the Country's Top 10 Golf Courses by Golf Advisor and ranks in the 25 Best Arizona Courses by GolfWeek.
The course is home to several excellent holes each of which is a little different from all the others and here are just of few of our favorites:
The back nine is a couple hundred yards longer and a little tougher thanks to the bunkers, native areas, ponds, and tough approaches to challenging green complexes. Every hole is outstanding but here are a couple that we loved:
When we played, the fairways at Sewailo were in perfect condition. They range from wide open off the tee to a tad tight in other places and the rough is wide but a little dense and challenging. Miss the fairway and the rough and you're with the cacti, desert sand, brush, and wildlife. You won't find any homes, barking dogs, or sirens (in fact it's so quiet that you can hear the cascading waterfalls from several holes) and every hole is framed by the Resort or several rugged mountain peaks. Everything, including the desert near the fairways, is perfectly manicured and well maintained.
The Sewailo greens range in size from 33 yards to 67 yards deep (most are huge in the 36 to 40 range) and they are a variety of shapes. All but one of the greens are guarded by one to four treacherous bunkers and they all have some combination of slope, tiers, ridges, or valleys. They were running at a great speed of 10 or so, were surprisingly soft for being so new, and putted very true. Some are raised and others offer a good bump and run opportunity. Practice putting before you head out.
The Sewailo Golf Club bunkers range from small to huge multi-fingered monsters but the good news is the sand is excellent (soft, light, and thick) and the lips are manageable. A joy to hit from.
Bottom line - it just doesn't get much better! And the adjacent Casino Del Sol is a luxurious, 215-room resort with lots of restaurant choices, plenty of ways to win or lose some money, an Oasis pool, a spa, and very reasonable rates.
Some of the other amenities at Sewailo Golf Club include:
Rates: $60.00 to $120.00
The Sewailo clubhouse is temporary but features a fully stocked golf shop. The Wildcats Grille located in the clubhouse serves freshly made sandwiches, hot dogs, and hamburgers. Service is very good and typical Troon - excellent!
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.