Starr Pass

Starr Pass

Creation of the Course

Founded 120 years ago when Richard Starr blazed a trail through the Tucson Mountains, Starr Pass is home to our resort, our golf school and our three nine-hole golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer. Coyote’s sixth fairway marks Mr. Starr’s trail and is distinguished today as the signature hole at Starr Pass Golf Club. The Starr Pass Golf Club site was personally selected by PGA Tour Commissioner Dean Beaman. When he saw the site for the first time, he was instantly inspired by the natural beauty and rugged terrain. With the help of renowned golf course designer Bob Cupp and PGA Tour professional Craig Stadler, they created a world-class TPC golf facility.

Starr Pass Golf Club hosted the annual Tucson Open between 1987 and 1996. During that time, the third (#3 Rattler) and fifth holes (#5 Rattler) were rated two of the most difficult on the PGA Tour, with the average score for 18 holes ranking among the highest on tour as well. A true desert course, natural elements are used as hazards while showcasing majestic vistas of the Catalina Mountains. Legends such as Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson, Payne Stewart and Nancy Lopez have carved their way through this historic golf course.

Green Game

A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, Starr Pass Golf Club demonstrates a high degree of quality environmental stewardship. We received our certification through environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach, education, water conservation and water quality management. At Starr Pass Golf School, we believe in protecting natural habitats and growing golf course employees into environmental stewards.

Phil Mickelson’s PGA wins at Starr Pass

Make history with us at Starr Pass Golf Club and Golf School. Phil Mickelson’s 1991 victory at Star Pass Golf Club, which would be the first of three in the Tucson Open, resulted in Starr Pass becoming a significant part of golf history. The victory was a springboard into his professional career, as he was still an amateur and student at Arizona State University. Mickelson became the fourth golfer in PGA history to achieve this accomplishment as an amateur.

Roadrunner Course

Just steps outside of our golf resort in Tucson, this course offers unsurpassed views. With dramatic elevation changes and the swirling winds created by the Tucson Mountains, these nine holes will truly test players of all levels. (3,241 yards)

Rattler Course

This course begins with a stunning view of Tucson and the surrounding mountain ranges. Hole 5 is one to remember. This demanding Par 5 with a split fairway will leave you very pleased if you are lucky enough to earn your par here while enjoying golf in Tucson. (3,490 yards)

Coyote Course

Enjoy a very serene and quiet area of the Tucson golf course where you are likely to see wildlife wandering about in their natural habitat. This stretch of holes just might afford you the delightful company of jackrabbits, quail or deer. (3,512 yards)

Stunning Views

Unsurpassed views with dramatic elevation changes and the swirling winds created by the Tucson Mountains

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Relax & Enjoy

Take pleasure in our magnificent golf courses, wonderful restaurants, fantastic spas, breathtaking sunsets and make Tucson your next vacation


Starr Pass' Executive Chef has carefully crafted the menu to include a delicious selection of smoked meats and Southwestern specialties.


Amazing location! Great views, stunning sights, and excellent courses. We had an awesome time. We had some special requests which were easily accommodated by the staff. Everyone was amazing, the weather was just perfect, and the sights were truly so beautiful.
Sally Smith
October 2018
The course was recommended to us by your staff, and now I can see why! It was certainly the highlight of our vacation. Everyone was very friendly, experienced, and professional which made it a real treat!
Doug Martin
September 2018
I was visiting from out of state with my family, most of whom had never been to Tucson before, and we thought a golf vacation would be a good idea - we're sure glad that we did! The experienced staff made sure that the whole day went smoothly, and also the weather was great. Highly recommended!
Gary Jones
July 2018

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