The Gallery - South Course Review

Texas Outside Rating: 9.3

Golf - Semi Private Course · 18 Holes · Par 72
Marana, AZ
· Stay & Play

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The Gallery - South Course Review

Review and Rating of the Gallery South Course in Marana Arizona

The Gallery Golf Club is home to two fantastic courses, both of which were designed by John Fought and Tom Lehman - the North Course which opened in 1998 and the South which opened in 2003.  The Gallery Golf Club is a private club that allows some public play with restricted hours.  Each course has it's own characteristics and personality.  The North Course which plays up and down the Santa Catalina Mountains has more elevation changes, wide fairways and big greens, deep bunkers, and sweeping views of the high Sonoran desert landscape.  

The South 18 has wide fairway corridors that play through thousands of giant Saguaros, turtle back greens that are large but challenging, fewer and more gentle bunkers, and beautiful views in all directions.  Don't let the views distract you, the South Course still requires some strategic shot making.   

The Gallery Golf Club is well deserving of all the awards and accolades that it has received since opening in 1998, some of which include:

  • America's 100 Greatest Courses - Best in Arizona with the North Course at  #11 and South at #25
  • Golfweek's Best New Courses included the South Course at number 31

Both courses are normally in near perfect conditions, offer first class service, and are home to a very well done and upscale club house with over 100 gallery quality works of art,  a well stocked pro shop, lounge, and dining room with award winning cuisine.  

The Gallery's South Course is home to some fantastic holes that are scenic, challenging, fun, and memorable.  Rather than describe them, you should take a look at the hole by hole description on The Gallery's website.  And check out the beautiful pictures of several holes. 

When we played, the conditions of the fairways, greens, and bunkers were near perfect.  The fairways play through the desert and giant saguaros and are some of the largest fairways that we have played - wide, sweeping, and heavily contoured.   Miss them and you're likely to loose your ball or get stuck by a wide variety of cactus. 

The Bent grass greens are also huge but treacherous with plenty of slope and undulation.   They were also very fast, around a 11, plus most are turtle back with a slope back to the fairway or bunkers.  Two and three putts were common for us - make sure you practice putting before you head out. 

The bunkers range in size and shape and most are very challenging with steep faces.  The sand was thick and heavy.

Bottom Line - The Gallery Golf Club's South Course is a fantastic track with a fun and challenging (but very fair) layout and you should go out of your way to get a tee time. 

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Course Slope & Ratings

Tee Box Yardage Rating Slope
Black 7,468 74.5 145
Blue 6,312 69.1 128
White 5,805 67.1 116
Gold 6,944 72.2 139
Red 5,215 69.9 122

Course Information

Course Architect:
John Fought and Tom Lehman
Greens Type:
Greens Condition
Greens Difficulty
Fairway Condition
Bunker Condition
Hard - very hilly
Course Map
Beware of water on 2 holes and the 89 sand traps.

Texas Outside Rating

Overall Rating:
9.3 out of 10
Fun to Play:
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Approximate Weekend
$70.00 to $209.00

Service is top notch, the pro shop is very well stocked, and the club house is outstanding with a lounge and dining room serving award winning cuisene. The practice facilities are very good.



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.