Catalina Course at Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa
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.
|Red (W)||73||5717 yards||73.1||131|
|Yellow (W)||73||5414 yards||71.5||127|
|Blue M: 74.3/133 W: 80.5/146||395||535||375||170||398||425||247||587||436||3568||511||525||183||404||404||610||428||186||443||3694||7262|
|Blue/White M: 72.6/131 W: 78.7/143||395||535||375||170||398||400||197||523||400||3393||481||525||183||404||404||543||367||186||414||3507||6900|
|White M: 71.4/128 W: 77.1/142||370||485||350||150||370||400||197||523||400||3245||481||505||166||347||373||543||367||169||414||3365||6610|
|White/Red M: 69.4/124 W: 74.5/134||370||485||350||150||335||360||142||472||300||2964||481||505||146||347||352||463||367||169||352||3182||6146|
|Red M: 67.4/122 W: 72.3/130||345||450||315||105||335||360||142||472||300||2824||412||449||146||270||352||463||305||144||352||2893||5717|
|Gold M: 65.8/118 W: 70.5/126||287||383||315||105||335||307||142||472||300||2646||412||430||102||270||335||450||305||112||352||2768||5414|
|Gold/Purple M: 63.9/115 W: 68.4/121||287||383||315||105||265||307||142||370||300||2474||412||380||102||270||335||400||305||112||270||2586||5060|
Golf Advisor: Top Courses in Arizona
Always one of the best manicured. Plays long with elevated greens and tough bunkers. Lots of shade with traditional style tree lined fairways
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.
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!
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.
Target golf with challenging bunkers. Great course with a lot of elevation change.
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
20201003 Canada Course
Excellent course condition and excellent and friendly staff.
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..
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.
Well worth playing. Course flowed nicely. Fairways and greens in excellent condition.
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.