Tubac Golf Resort & Spa
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Tubac Golf Resort & Spa
First opened in 1959, Tubac Golf Resort & Spa features 27 holes of golf, spa, restaurants and luxury accommodations. Courtesy of Tubac Golf Resort
Tubac Golf Resort & Spa - Anza nine - hole 2
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Tubac Golf Resort & Spa - Anza nine - hole 2
There are three nines at Tubac Golf Resort & Spa. Here's a look at the par-5 second hole on the Anza nine. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Tubac Golf Resort & Spa - mountains
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Tubac Golf Resort & Spa - mountains
Tubac Golf Resort & Spa is surrounded by the Santa Rita and Tumacacori mountain ranges. Courtesy of Tubac Golf Resort
Tubac Golf Resort - Anza nine - 9th
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Tubac Golf Resort - Anza nine - 9th
The short par-3 ninth hole on Tubac's Anza golf course has an island green. Courtesy of Tubac Golf Resort
Tubac Golf Resort - course
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Tubac Golf Resort - course
With 27 holes, the pace of play at Tubac Golf Resort & Spa is usually pretty good. Courtesy of Tubac Golf Resort
Tubac Golf Resort - Rancho nine - hole 1
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Tubac Golf Resort - Rancho nine - hole 1
The first hole on the Rancho nine at Tubac Golf Resort & Spa is a nifty little drivable par 4. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Tubac Golf Resort - Rancho nine - hole 4 sign
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Tubac Golf Resort - Rancho nine - hole 4 sign
A sign on the fourth hole on the Rancho nine at the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa designates it as the "Tin Cup" hole. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Tubac Golf Resort - Rancho nine - hole 4
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Tubac Golf Resort - Rancho nine - hole 4
The par-5 fourth hole on the Rancho nine at Tubac is where Kevin Costner's Tin Cup character, as a caddie, was goaded into going for the green from nearly 250 yards out. Mike Bailey/GolfAdvisor
Tubac Golf Resort - arch
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Tubac Golf Resort - arch
Tubac Golf Resort & Spa sits on the site of the 1789 Otero Ranch just outside of Tucson, Arizona. Courtesy of Tubac Golf Resort
Tubac Golf Resort & Spa - rooms
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Tubac Golf Resort & Spa - rooms
The accommodations at Tubac Golf Resort & Spa are on par with the best resorts in the Tucson area. Courtesy of Tubac Golf Resort
Tubac Golf Resort - spa
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Tubac Golf Resort - spa
The spa portion of the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa is luxurious. Courtesy of Tubac Golf Resort
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Tubac Golf Resort & Spa: A movie-worthy Arizona retreat near Tucson

TUBAC, Ariz. -- Built on the historic 1789 Otero Ranch, the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa is one of the most unique golf destinations in the Southwest.

Opened in 1959, this 500-acre property is still a working ranch in the background of 27 holes, a full-service spa and salon, restaurants, luxury accommodations and even a 17th-century replica chapel.

Red Lawrence designed the original golf course, which works around the Santa Cruz River. A new nine holes (eight of which were designed by Ken Kavanaugh) opened in 2006.

The property and surrounding area has been the setting for numerous films, including the golf movie "Tin Cup" starring Kevin Costner. There are a few plaques throughout the golf course that commemorate memorable scenes.

Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trip to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.
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