2019 Golfer’s Guide to Arizona Spring Training: Tucson

Sewailo Golf Club, Tucson
Sewailo Golf Club

Two hours in the car separate Scottsdale and Tucson. Home to the University of Arizona, the city known as “the old Pueblo” also features the historic Mission San Xavier del Bac, futuristic Biosphere2 and Sonoran Desert’s the timeless charm.

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Golf and Gastronomy

Great courses and even better food make the Rockies’ former Spring Training home worth the trip.

More than 40 golf course dot the Tucson region, many of them with PGA TOUR and World Golf Championship pedigrees: Omni Tucson NationalEl Rio, Randolph Park, Starr Pass, The Gallery and Dove Mountain. Four-time PGA TOUR winner Notah Begay co-designed Sewailo Golf Club, and Jack Nicklaus did the 27 holes at La Paloma. This feast of fairways continues into Tucson’s fare ways. In 2015 the city became the first UNESCO Creative City in the U.S. selected for Gastronomy. El Charro Café, La Indita, Teresa’s Mosaic Cafe and hundreds of other restaurants comprise the “Best 23 Miles of Mexican Food. visittucson.org

Don’t Miss

Grub

Tucson’s cuisine isn’t all raspados, carne asada and Sonoran hot dogs. The Cup Café’s cast-iron baked eggs are a must-have breakfast, and nothing compares to the seafood lasagnette at Vivace, except, perhaps the Kurobuta Pork Chop at Hacienda del Sol Ranch.

Top restaurants at Tucson golf resorts include El Conquistador’s Epazote Kitchen, Westin La Paloma’s Azul, Primo at the JW Marriott Starr Pass and Flying V at Loews Ventana Canyon.

El Conquistador Golf & Tennis

Not all golf needs a PGA TOUR connection. The 45-hole Troon Golf-managed El Conquistador Golf & Tennis in Oro Valley provides fun for all. elcongolfandtennis.com

El Conquistador Golf & Tennis in Oro Valley
El Conquistador Golf & Tennis in Oro Valley

 

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