Open year-round with a peak season from early February through the end of April, this magnificent 27-hole layout was designed by Jack Nicklaus and is the recipient of numerous awards.
Former Host of The WGC Accenture Match Play Championship, with its unique challenges and distinct character, blending naturally among massive saguaros and the surrounding Tortolita Mountain Range, this luxury golf resort has elevations ranging from 2,300 to 3,200 feet to challenge players of all levels.
Typical of a Nicklaus design, the Wild Burro, Tortolita, and Saguaro tracks require imagination and strategy and relentless focus.
“What makes this one of the top 5 toughest courses in the state is that it is very much a second shot golf course. You can be sitting pretty from the tee box 180-160 yards from the green, but where the pin is located, the way the wind is blowing, the he set up those greenside bunkers, if you miss it in the wrong place, you are going to struggle. It is a course that requires a lot of thought. It requires a lot of playing it and knowing where to miss and when to go for it. The second shot just makes you think on every hole,” explained Jake Hermes, Director of Membership and former Head Pro.
This is a layout very much in tune with its natural surroundings.
“What is great is that building this course and surrounding facilities they did not disturb very much of the local environment, “said Hermes, “It was like ‘we are not going to take out that Saguaro, but rather bend the hole around those section of cacti” and late in the day you will see and they will see you – deer, bighorn sheep, javalena, bobcats. It is an ecosystem on the mountain that is special.”
It is also part of an area that offers a lot of value for the quality of the fields of play.
“La Paloma, Omni National, El Conquistador, it is not hard to find and get on great golf courses,” noted Matt Nuechterlein, Dove Mountain’s General Manager. “You get extremely good value for your money here. Way better value for your money than compared to other places like Scottsdale, Monterey and Palm Springs. If this course was in Scottsdale, our green fees would be triple.”
Dove Mountain’s 27 holes, each a par 36, like the Tucson golf scene itself, offers variety and fair shot values.