HILTON EL CONQUISTADOR Resort and Country Club (520-544-1800)
Arizona Golf Course Review
TEl Conquistador Golf & Tennis, located in the heart of Oro Valley, boasts three championship golf courses to choose from, the Conquistador Course, the Canada Course and
the Pusch Ridge Course. The courses provide a challenging, exciting play that is sure to deliver a true desert golf experience, with course enhancements designed by the
original architects Greg Nash and Jeff Hardin.
PUSCH RIDGE COURSE
The Pusch Ridge Course is a wonderful nine hole layout that is located right on property adjacent to the Hilton El Conquistador Resort. This is not an executive style layout - but is
rather a 2,800 yard 9-hole course that would fit in with either of the two championship 18-hole courses that are part of the resort property. Looking for a quick round upon arrival or
on your departure date? Pusch Ridge is a great option. What's more, the course features a couple holes that are perhaps the most spectacular holes of the 45 available!
Holes 3 through 7 will grab your attention, both for their stunning beauty and challenging designs. The mountain backdrop behind the third green is spectacular, as is the view of
the resort from the ridge that plays to the par three 4th. Water protects the green on three sides and also affects the second shot on the par five 5th, and number six doglegs
sharply right to an elevated putting complex. This stretch ends with a par three over a formidable desert ravine.
Three sets of tees at Pusch Ridge play to 2788, 2579 and 2322 yards. Though the grass on the fairways and tee area grass was kept a bit longer than the championship courses
during our visit, the overall conditioning and landscaping mirrored those of the Conquistador and Canada layouts. Pusch Ridge features its own pro shop, with a snack bar as well
- that also services the considerable tennis facility located adjacent. There is a large putting/chipping green, plus a nice short game area with practice bunker.
We highly recommend a round here...one tip - keep it below the hole! The greens are well kept and true rolling with only mild undulations - but most of the putting surfaces are
sloped from back to front - sometimes severely so. Run it past the pin and one-putts will be hard to come by. For more info on the Pusch Ridge course, click here for their website.