|Wild Burro-Saguaro Course|
|Yellow||72||6354||(M) 69.9 (L) 76.7||(M) 128 (L) 148|
|Tortolita-Wild Burro Course|
|Yellow||72||6224||(M) 68.9 (L) 75.6||(M) 127 (L) 141|
|Saguaro-Tortolita Course||Match Play Course|
|Yellow||72||6334||(M) 69.8 (L) 76.7||(M) 126 (L) 149|
Legendary champion Jack Nicklaus took advantage of the high Sonoran Desert setting to integrate strategy, variety and fair shot values into his Signature Golf Course at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain. With his first Tucson golf course in 25 years, Nicklaus designed 27 holes that present unique challenges and distinct character, blending naturally among noble saguaros that stand together along the surrounding Tortolita Mountain Range.
The course is a 27-hole expedition through dense desert-mountain foothills, with roomy landing areas, strategically placed fairway bunkers and a handful of forced carries. But the real fun comes on the greens, which deliver intricate interior contouring rather than the sharper-edged broad levels that Jack favored too many times in years past. The Match Play will be contested over the Saguaro and Tortolita nines.
Jack’s favorite nine is the Wild Burro loop, which sits closest to the future hotel site. The PGA Tour opted to use the other two nines for gallery flow purposes, so when you tackle Wild Burro you’ll get to see what the pros missed. That includes perhaps the most dramatic triangle in desert golf: holes 3, 4 and 5, which tangle with Wild Burro Wash. The green at the 470-yard 3rd is an island isolated among the sand and cacti.
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain has received the following recognition:
Conde Nast Traveler’s- “#23 Best Resort in the United States & #3 in Arizona” (2011)
Golf Digest magazine “#22 Best Golf Resort in North America” (2011)
Home of the PGA WGC – Accenture Match Play Championship (2008-2012)
Golfweek magazine “Best Courses You Can Play – #2 in Arizona” (2010, 2011 and 2012)
Golfweek magazine “#33 Best Resort Courses” (2010)
GOLF magazine “#4 Best New Public Courses” (2009)
Golfweek magazine “#11 Best New Courses” (2009)
LINKS magazine “Best For Resort Lifestyle” (2009)
Golf Inc. magazine “First Place, Clubhouse of The Year” (2009)