If you are looking to work on your golf game, there are few better places than Green Valley. It can be argued that the year-round weather in southern Arizona is the best in the country. Most days through the winter will have highs between 60-80 degrees and with the 2500 ft. elevation our summer temperatures are 8-12 degrees cooler than the Phoenix valley, many days having highs in the 90s.
Our community is designed to be golf friendly with “golf cart” lanes on the roadways and cart parking at many of the store fronts. In a small square mileage area along the Interstate 19 corridor we have nine golf courses, seven that will accept public play—tee times for everyone. Golf in southern Arizona is plentiful and the quality per dollar spent will be hard to match anywhere in the country.
San Ignacio Golf Club is a well-designed Arthur Hills semi-private course with elevation changes and beautiful views of the mountains and our locally famous Elephant Head peak. The course is uniquely laid out to be player friendly with no long-forced carries and yet still challenging for the low handicappers. San Ignacio made the List of Top 25 “Most Improved Courses in America” for 2017, based on GolfAdvisor.com. It has four sets of tees and two combo tees. San Ignacio has a large practice facility with three practice greens and two practice bunkers. The Inn at San Ignacio is one block from the golf shop.
Tubac Golf Resort and Spa has been designated as a “Historic Hotel of America” with an old west rustic feel and boasts 27 holes of championship golf. The Tubac Resort is among the most luxurious, tranquil vacation spots in southern Arizona, and hosts many beautiful wedding ceremonies each year. The resort features 98 Hacienda/Casita suites, a destination spa, manicured gardens and mountain views all around.
Canoa Ranch and Torres Blancas (co-designed by Lee Trevino) are semi-private sister courses on either side of Interstate 19. Both have wonderful views of the Santa Rita mountains and Elephant Head Peak. The Wyndham Canoa Ranch Resort Hotel overlooks the lake guarding the 9th hole green and is within walking distance of the Canoa Ranch pro shop.
The Haven Golf Club is a pure public golf course with an 18-hole parkland style traditional golf course with six sets of tees and is walking and gender friendly, pull carts are available. Also, on site is a 9-hole pitch and putt course, known as the The Tortuga Course. The Haven provides a quality full golfing experience for the beginner as well as the practiced golfer.
Kino Springs Golf Course is farther south in Nogales and is a semi-private high desert course with elevation changes and beautiful views and fast sloping bent grass greens. Kino Springs was known to be one of the playgrounds of yester year’s Hollywood set with John Wayne and Elizabeth Taylor making frequent stops there.
Rio Rico Golf Club was designed by the renowned architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. and has the unique distinction of being an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary with birding trails and it actually closes for golf to defer to the birding community every Monday Morning. Rio Rico is working to be a community center for the Nogales area and hopes to bring in a First Tee Program. In years past Rio Rico hosted the regional qualifying school for the PGA Tour.
Country Club of Green Valley is a private full-service member owned club (some public play allowed) and boasts a nice practice facility and a variety of membership plans and social activities. The course is tree lined with views of the Santa Rita mountains offers 6 sets of tees making it playable for the novice golfer while challenging the low handicappers.
Desert Hills Country Club is a private golf club dedicated to providing exceptional member focused service, the club takes great pride in maintaining superior playing conditions, while enhancing the value of membership provided to each of its member-owners.
Quail Creek Country Club has beautiful mountain views and is a 27 hole championship course with 5 sets of tees (for residence only from September 16th through May 14th, public welcome in the summer months). This Robson community development uses the golf course as its centerpiece but has many other amenities.