Ventana Canyon - Canyon Course in Tucson, Arizona, USA | GolfPass
The first hole on the Canyon course at Ventana Canyon
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4.6
1081 Reviews (1081)
5 Stars
743
4 Stars
243
3 Stars
57
2 Stars
19
1 Stars
19
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Friendliness
4.6
Pace
4.2
Amenities
4.3
91.6%
Recommend this course
993 out of 1081 reviews
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4.4
57 Reviews (57)
5 Stars
34
4 Stars
16
3 Stars
6
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.5
Value
3.9
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.5
StaffFriendliness
4.6
87.7%
Recommend this course
50 out of 57 reviews
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4.6
111 Reviews (111)
5 Stars
80
4 Stars
23
3 Stars
7
2 Stars
0
1 Stars
1
Conditions
4.7
Value
4.1
Layout
4.7
Pace
4.3
Amenities
4.4
StaffFriendliness
4.7
92.8%
Recommend this course
103 out of 111 reviews
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About

Holes 18
Type Resort
Style Desert
Par 72
Length 6836 yards
Slope 137
Rating 71.7
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Ventana Canyon Golf Club
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Course Details

Year Built 1984
Golf Season Year round
Architect Tom Fazio (1984) Andy Banfield

Rentals/Services

Carts Yes - included in green fees
Clubs Yes
GPS No
Pull-carts No

Practice/Instruction

Driving Range Yes
Caddies No
Golf School Academy Yes - "Ventana Canyon Golf Academy"
Teaching Pro Yes
Pitching/Chipping Area Yes
Putting Green Yes

Policies

Credit Cards Accepted VISA, MasterCard, Amex Welcomed
Metal Spikes Allowed No
Walking Allowed No
Dress code Collared shirt required, no denim

Food & Beverage

Restaurant

Available Facilities

Clubhouse

Accolades

Reviews

4.6
1081 Reviews (1081)

What Golfers Are Saying

The 19th Hole is Great For:
Drinks 37
19th Hole Scenic Views 26
Patio Dining 24
Course Challenges Include:
Elevation Changes 122
Bunkers 104
Undulating Greens 92
This course/club is great for:
Wildlife/ Scenic Views 116
Advanced Golfers 93
A Weekend Splurge 82
This Course's Location is:
At a Resort 125
Worth the Drive 87
Convenient to the City 60

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5.0
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First Time Playing

Gorgeous Course

The course was maintained beautifully. The views were stunning. The course was challenging. There were areas that were closed for maintenance hence a minor score ding. Otherwise, I'd golf there every chance I could!

Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Good
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 13
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 958
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Mountain

Rode the Greens with UNCLEDDBOY23 mid morning. Around 100's, overcast, muggy and calm. We set our own pace and did not wait and were not pushed.

Tees level with some thin/bare spots and most divots repaired.

Fairways mostly lush with some thin spots and generally nice to play from.

Bermuda rough mostly green and decent to play from, not maintained high with some thin spots.

Sand traps excellent. Around the greens plenty of soft white sand. Fairway bunkers more firm.

Large Bermuda greens rolled nicely. Smooth, medium fast and firm.

Customer service very good on all levels. No Drink cart today. Very nice restaurant on site. Nice, all grass practice area which includes range balls. Driving range is close to a mile from the Pro Shop and the basic carts do not have GPS. Greens and Sand very good, the rest of the course conditions a step down mid summer.

Nice Fazio layout that is very spread out. Depending on your tee choice, many tee shots hitting over Desertscape. The course plays shorter than the listed yardage because of the elevation and the firmness IMO. Recommended.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 958
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Canyon

Rode the Greens with UNCLEDDBOY23 early morning. Very muggy and overcast with little wind.

Tees level but thin with some bare areas.

Fairways mostly lush with some thin areas, usually decent to play from.

Bermuda rough maintained low and generally okay to play from with some thin areas. Not much different from the fairway within 10 yards of the fairway.

Sand traps well maintained with good quality, light sand.

The combination of rain last night, morning dew and top dressed greens made for challenging and uncertain green conditions. The greens were not good when it was wet this morning.

Excellent grass driving range included with the golf. Carts do not have GPS. Customer service very good to excellent from all. No Drink cart today, and they no longer provide bottled water since the water jugs are filled again. Nice restaurant onsite with excellent breakfast specials. Recommended.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 13
Handicap 10-14
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Must play just for the views

Decided to splurge and pay the $85 for an 11:00 tee time in Tucson AZ, during the summer. The course had a lot of dry areas which can be expected and some fairways were pretty bare. Greens were decent, most were sanded and had been aerated recently. Having said all that, the layout is a blast with both easy and challenging holes, but the best part are the views. Play the mountain course and you will not be disappointed. Although $85 was a bit steep for the condition of the course, it was still a lot of fun.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Transition from GolfNow to Resort

Great course; however, it felt a bit like they were transitioning away from welcoming the public and mainly focusing on resort guests. Now have to pay for parking, which is generally unheard of in Tucson. Just a bit of a vibe of "unwelcomeness" - if you're not a resort guest, well, we'll tolerate you.

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Average
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 958
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Mountain

Rode the Greens (6537/71.4/139). Low 100's, overcast and calm. POP was under 3.5H twilight. Nice Fazio layout that is very spread out. Depending on your tee choice, many tee shots hitting over Desertscape. The course plays shorter than the listed yardage because of the elevation and the firmness IMO.

Tees level with most divots repaired. Not sure what has happened, but they are now thin with many bare spots.

Fairways mostly lush with some thin spots and generally nice to play from.

Bermuda rough mostly green and decent to play from, not maintained high.

Sand traps excellent. Around the greens plenty of soft white sand. Fairway bunkers more firm.

Large Bermuda greens rolling nicely. Smooth, medium fast and firm.

Customer service good on all levels. Bottled water usually provided. No Drink cart late day. Very nice restaurant on site. Nice, all grass practice area which includes range balls. Driving range is close to a mile from the Pro Shop and the basic carts do not have GPS. Greens and Sand excellent, the rest of the course conditions are mediocre. Still recommended.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
First Time Playing

OVERRATED

About 4-6 good holes, rest of the course was average. Greens were in great condition. Tee boxes were so-so. Fairways were worse than most $15 muni courses. Don't believe the hype about this course. So many better options available at lower prices.

Conditions Fair
Value Poor
Layout Average
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Fair
Played On
Reviews 4
Handicap 15-19
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Beautiful Course!

Loved the course! Don't understand their 2 per golf cart rule!

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Amenities Good
Difficulty Moderate
Played On
Reviews 2
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
1.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

How to waste a great course with a deplorable staff

Such a shame to waste a nice course with such a deplorable staff. Unfriendly, no ranger to monitor pace of play, truly ruined my afternoon of golf.
Remember who is the customer and that is OUR time to relax. If you don’t like the job, go ruin the day of others, not customers that are trying to enjoy their precious 4 hrs on the course.

Conditions Excellent
Value Poor
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Poor
Pace Average
Amenities Poor
Played On
Reviews 7
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Verified Purchaser
Conditions Excellent
Value Good
Layout Good
Friendliness Good
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 958
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
4.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Ventana Canyon

Rode the Greens (6537/70.7/135) mid morning in 3H, 15M. Low 100's, muggy and overcast with little wind made you wish there was a little breeze! Course conditions are deteriorating as they lead up to summer maintenance and the Front 9 being closed for sprinkler renovation.

Tees level but were just aerated.

Fairways mostly lush and decent to play from.

Bermuda rough maintained low and generally okay to play from. Not much different from the fairway within 10 yards of the fairway.

Sand traps well maintained with good quality, light sand.

Large Bermuda greens roll really nice. Smooth, firm and medium speed.

Excellent grass driving range included with the golf. Carts do not have GPS. Customer service usually @ least 4/5 star if not 5/5 star here. Saw the Drink cart once and bottled water provided. Nice restaurant onsite with excellent breakfast specials. Recommended.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
Skill Intermediate
Plays Once a week
3.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played

Course in rough shape

Its summer. In Tucson. The things that make it great to play golf this time of year also make it difficult. The courses are usually in pretty rough shape. Ventana is no exception lotta bare spots on the fairways and greens that are not in good shape. Probably mostly weather related. Little pricey for around in mediocre conditions in a $20 ham sandwich definitely overpriced

Conditions Average
Value Average
Layout Good
Friendliness Average
Pace Excellent
Amenities Average
Played On
Reviews 9
Handicap 0-4
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
3.0
First Time Playing

Good, not great

Best greens in Tucson. Not a particularly exciting layout. You will spend 30 minutes during your round just driving between holes. $75 summer rate is a bit exorbitant.

Conditions Good
Value Fair
Layout Fair
Pace Good
Played On
Reviews 958
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Canyon

Rode the Greens (6537/70.7/135) super twilight in less than 3.5H. Low 100's, clear and breezy.

Tees level but several had been recently vericut. Played better than they looked.

Fairways mostly lush and nice to play from.

Bermuda rough maintained low and generally okay to play from.

Sand traps well maintained with good quality, light sand.

Large Bermuda greens rolled nice again. Smooth, firm and medium speed.

Very nice grass driving range included with the golf. Carts do not have GPS. Customer service excellent from all encountered. No drink cart weekdays during the summer, but bottled water provided and nice restaurant onsite. Recommended.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 958
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Mountain

Rode the Greens (6537/71.4/139). Around 100, clear and calm. POP was around 4H twilight. Played with a super nice father and adult son from Houston. My type of guys. They drove 14 hours for a 4 day all inclusive golf deal, parked the car, checked into their room and were out playing twilight golf!

Tees level/lush with most divots repaired.

Fairways lush and nice to play from.

Bermuda rough mostly green and decent to play from, not maintained high.

Sand traps very good. Around the greens plenty of soft white sand. Fairway bunkers more firm.

Large Bermuda greens still showing the effects of punching. Medium speed and bumpier than usual, still very firm.

Customer service excellent on all levels. Bottled water provided. No Drink cart late day. Very nice restaurant on site. Nice, all grass practice area which includes range balls. Driving range is close to a mile from the Pro Shop and the basic carts do not have GPS. Nice Fazio layout that is very spread out. Depending on your tee choice, many tee shots hitting over Desertscape. The course plays shorter than the listed yardage because of the elevation and the firmness IMO. Recommended.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 10
Handicap 20-24
Skill Intermediate
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Good
Amenities Average
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 1
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Conditions Excellent
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Played On
Reviews 958
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Top 1 Contributor
California Advisor
Previously Played
Hot weather
Used cart

Canyon

Rode the Greens (6537/70.7/135) super twilight in less than 3.5H. Low 90's, hazy and fairly calm.

Tees level, mostly lush and nice to play from with most divots properly repaired.

Fairways mostly lush and nice to play from.

Bermuda rough maintained low and generally good to play from.

Sand traps well maintained with good quality, light sand.

Large Bermuda greens mostly recovered from aerification. Just okay and medium speed.

Customer service excellent from all encountered. Bottled water provided and nice restaurant onsite. Very nice grass driving range included with the golf. Carts do not have GPS. Varied Fazio layout, tight but still fun to play. Several risk reward par 4's that are tight. Numerous elevated tee shots, constantly up/down rolling hills. Recommended.

Conditions Good
Value Good
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Excellent
Pace Excellent
Amenities Excellent
Difficulty Extremely Challenging
Played On
Reviews 25
Handicap 10-14
Skill Advanced
Plays A few times a week
I Recommend This Course
5.0
Verified Purchaser
Previously Played
Perfect weather
Used cart

Love the Canyon

Of the 2 courses at Ventana, I have always preferred the Canyon. Mountain is also great but Canyon is all right in front of you with no drama. Maybe it's a little easier too. Anyway, who doesn't like posting lower scores?

This time of year its easy to get around in about 3 hours as a twosome which is a big plus.

Conditions Good
Value Excellent
Layout Excellent
Friendliness Good
Pace Excellent
Difficulty Somewhat Challenging
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