|Silver||71||5371||66.3 (M) 71.6 (L)||114 (M) 126 (L)|
|Copper||71||4859||69.4 (L)||118 (L)|
In December 1997, Tucson’s first Scottish Links style course, The Links at Continental Ranch, opened for play. The Links, which was designed by Brian Huntley, was unlike other Tucson Arizona golf courses because it was built on the edge of a 90+ acre, 100 foot deep sand and gravel quarry.
In 2000, following the decision to abandon the sand and gravel quarry, the Town of Marana and the quarry/golf course owner agreed on a plan that would reclaim the quarry by relocating 10 golf holes into the old quarry and reconfigure 8 of the existing holes. The remaining land provided for residential development in an area previously zoned for industrial use.
To complete the transformation of one of the most popular Tucson Arizona golf courses, the property owner agreed to build a nature trail along the adjacent Santa Cruz River and donate it to the Town of Marana thereby allowing local residents to enjoy the Santa Cruz River on one side of the trail and dramatic views into The Pines Golf Club on the other.
The reclamation of quarries by the construction of golf courses has become increasingly popular due to a number of factors, including; creation of a community asset instead of a community eyesore, more efficient use of water resources due to the water run off from slopes and most importantly from the golfer’s point of view, dramatic elevation changes and golf course design opportunities that are not normally available at more traditional Tucson Arizona golf courses.