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4.6
173 Reviews (173)
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Conditions
4.5
Value
4.4
Layout
4.5
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.7
Amenities
4.7
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4.6
9 Reviews (9)
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4.6
Value
4.4
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.9
Amenities
5.0
StaffFriendliness
4.4
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4.7
14 Reviews (14)
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Conditions
4.6
Value
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Layout
4.7
Pace
4.8
Amenities
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StaffFriendliness
4.6
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14 out of 14 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Parkland
Par 73
Length 7262 yards
Slope 136
Rating 75.4

The Catalina Course is one of two golf courses at Omni Tucson National Resort. It is more well known than its sister course, the Sonoran, since it is both the original layout and it has been host to over 30 PGA Tour events over the years. The Catalina Course is a traditional parkland layout while the Sonoran offers true desert golf, as its name would imply. The challenging design incorporates eight sparkling lakes and a total of 80 bunkers strategically placed throughout. The 18th is touted as one of the finest and most demanding finishing holes on the PGA Tour. This tricky par 4 leaves little room for error with water along both sides of the fairway, it also requires a blind tee shot to a well-protected, elevated green.

Course Details

Year Built 1963
Fairways Tifway 419 pollen-free Bermuda Grass
Greens Champion Bermuda Grass
Golf Season Year round
Architect Bruce Devlin (1963) Robert von Hagge (1963)

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Golf School Academy Yes
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex, Discover Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

Reviews

4.6
173 Reviews (173)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 24
Patio Dining 17
19th Hole Scenic Views 16
Course Challenges Include:
Water Hazards 28
Bunkers 26
Plays Long 14
This course/club is great for:
Advanced Golfers 20
A Weekend Splurge 18
Entertaining Clients 18
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 30
Convenient to the City 27
Worth the Drive 12

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Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
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Reviews 5
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5.0
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Previously Played

Great shape

Always one of the best manicured. Plays long with elevated greens and tough bunkers. Lots of shade with traditional style tree lined fairways

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
3.0
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Previously Played
Wet weather
Used cart

No Rain Check or Lightning Warnings

Course is fantastic. Nice change of pace from the typical desert courses we have in Tucson. The only knock is the lack of customer service. We only got three holes in before the lightning and rain forced us off the course. Tried calling the next day and they were not accommodating. Let this be a warning to check the forecast, and take that into account during monsoon season.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Poor
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 55
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
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Previously Played

Rains too much...

We’ve had inundating rains, so conditions reflect it.
Soft, a bit of dirt and patchiness on fairways (lush in the rough).
Greens had been plugged but are returning, ok speed, a few bald spots.
Great course but the heavy rain and constant wetness have taken a toll. Still worth a visit.
A challenge due to length, conditions, and layout.
Decent value, will return!

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 19
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 4
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Excellent

Deceptively difficult yet very golfer friendly without the penalizing desert like many courses. Always in great shape even when grasses are transitioning. Be sure to practice your bunker shots.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
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I Recommend This Course
5.0
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Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Sonoran Course

Target golf with challenging bunkers. Great course with a lot of elevation change.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 1
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
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First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
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Reviews 11
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

Best in Tucson Area

Great coarse and well maintained. I have played many courses in the Tucson and Oro Valley areas and this is clearly the best of them all.l

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 24
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

20201003 Canada Course

Excellent course condition and excellent and friendly staff.

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

The greens are excellent!

The course is in decent shape for this time of year, but the greens were excellent. Some of the layout is a little funky. The staff was friendly and very helpful..

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 16
Skill Advanced
Plays Once a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 911
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
First Time Playing
Hot weather
Used cart

Tucson National (Catalina)

Rode the Whites (6610/71.4/128) in slightly over 3H mid day as a single. The weather was clear, fairly calm and in the low 100's.

COVID-19: Doodles in the cups and no rakes in the traps. But very relaxed overall compared to Southern California courses when I usually play.

Bruce Devlin teamed with Robert von Hagge as co designer of this layout that has hosted dozens of PGA and Sr. PGA events over past 50 years. Rare par 73 with five par 5's, four par 3's and nine par 4's. Liked the traditional parkland style layout. Holes that stood out were #18, an excellent demanding par 4 finishing hole with water left, right and long on your tee shot, then a uphill approach shot to an elevated green. #11 was a unique par 5 that was barely 500 yards but was a true 3 shot par 5 for most because you had to lay up short of/go around a lake, then go over the lake to set up your uphill approach. I hit three irons on this hole because of the location of the lake and the way it jutted out into the fairway.

I was told the course was not in great shape and was getting ready to close tomorrow for maintenance. Wanted to play it anyway as this was going to be my only opportunity this trip. Greens, tees and some of the rough had recently been aerated. Kudos to the pro shop staff for full disclosure on the conditions ahead of time.

Bermuda tees, fairways and rough were all semi lush with some browned out areas. Mostly good.

Sand traps had good quality sand could have been excellent if they had been raked today.

Bermuda greens were as advertised unfortunately. Bumpy and medium slow, they were at least a week from being fully healed. Positive was that they were not firm. I had numerous irons stop right at their ball mark or back up. Unfortunately wasted a rare 9/10 (by my standards) ball striking day trying to convert putts that were bumpier and slower than most courses fringes.

All grass range included in your fee. Complementary bottled water. Friendly starter and saw the cart gal twice. Really look forward to coming back and playing here again when the course is in better playing shape, because the layout is fun. Recommended.

Conditions Average
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 5
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
First Time Playing

Excellent Condition

Well worth playing. Course flowed nicely. Fairways and greens in excellent condition.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Average
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a month
I Recommend This Course
5.0
First Time Playing

New Favorite Course

I have avoided playing here due to the community courses tee times being significantly cheaper however I decided to take my father here for Father’s Day as a gift. After playing it I can see why it is a little more to play here. The course is in great condition and you’re never hitting out of a bad lie (dead grass or dirt). The bunkers are actually soft sand not the usual desert concrete bunkers. Unlike another well known course you always know where to hit your tee shot, there aren’t any hidden shots. The unlimited range balls before the round is also a nice touch. The gps golf carts help a lot with some trickier shot placements as well. What I can say is this course is well worth the extra money! I will be playing here a lot more often now.

Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Amenities Good
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