OMNI TUCSON NATIONAL Golf Club Catalina Course (520) 575-7540
Arizona Golf Course Review
The Omni Tucson National Resort & Spa is one of Southern Arizona's top resort properties, situated in an idyllic environment reflecting the beauty of the majestic Santa Catalina
Mountains. On property are two beautiful championship golf courses - each with its own unique design. The Catalina Course is a traditional, tree lined layout that has hosted the
PGA Tour's Chrysler Classic of Tucson since 1976. The Sonoran Course is a spectacular high desert design featuring significant elevation changes, meticulously landscaped
desert scenery and incredible mountain views.
Together these two layouts provide golfers with challenge and variety. The diversity in design could not be more pronounced! Also on property are great practice facilities, including
a grass range, putting green and beautiful short game area conducive to bunker practice, chipping from a variety of slopes and pitching from up to 60 yards away. The resort
features 167 wonderful appointed guest rooms, casitas and haciendas, a bar and two restaurants, fully equipped fitness center and luxurious spa, outdoor swimming pools with
hot tubs, three championship tennis courts plus versatile meeting/special event facilities. For more info on the resort, visit our age for the Omni Tucson National Resort & Spa with
direct link to their website by clicking here
The Catalina Course is a challenging par 73 design along a fairly level terrain with tree line fairways, significant bunkering and strategic water hazards. Course knowledge
helps here - especially on the numerous doglegs which often have sand or ponds omnimously situated, that may make golfers think twice about cutting off distances. The green
complexes are raised and well protected by sand traps and/or mounding, creating the need for good iron and wedge play. The putting surfaces are medium in size and undulation
, and run quick and smooth. Land in regulation and birdies can be had.
Eighty four sand bunkers are on the course, situated in strategic spots near landing zones off the tee or greenside. Some are very deep and penal in nature. Water comes into play
on eight holes, including the par four closing hole, which is considered to be one of the most challenging finishing holes on the PGA Tour. Ponds nestled into the dogleg cut-offs
on the par four ninth and par five 10th and 11th holes also warrant attention.
On course yardages are provided through blocks on the fairways and color coded markers on the cart paths at 100, 150 and 200 yards. Red, white and blue flags indicate front,
middle and back pin placements. There are 4 sets of tee boxes that play to distances and slopes measuring 7262 yards/138 slope, 6610 yards/134 slope, 5717 yards/128 slope,
and 5414 yards with a 124 slope for men. The slope ratings for ladies from the white, red and yellow tee boxes are 137, 127 and 120. Yardage guide booklets are available for a
fee and are helpful. Each golf cart also provides ball and club washers.
The Catalina course plays long (those playing from the whites will play from tees measuring 6610 yards) but fair - and certainly favors those who are skillful with the driver. A good
short game is also needed however, to get up and down on these challenging green complexes. There are plenty of risk-reward opportunities for those looking for an adrenaline
It is always a pleasure to play a PGA caliber course, and the Catalina is no exception. Expect fine conditioning and attentive service. The course is open for public play, and stay &
play packages at this beautiful resort are available. For more info, visit our page for the Catalina Course, with direct link to the Omni Tucson National website by clicking here.