Set a little off the beaten path, Tucson is Arizona’s second most populated city behind Phoenix and with fantastic shopping districts, a vibrant nightlife and countless attractions inspired by the history of the Wild West, not to mention the easy access it offers to those looking to explore the surrounding desert landscape and all its natural wonders, is a fascinating place to explore during your time away from the fairways.
Set in a Sonoran Desert valley, Tucson is surrounded by no less than five mountain ranges and it’s absolutely stunning. Boasting an average 350 sunny days a year and warm dry air, Tucson's climate is ideal for year-round outdoor recreation including of course, golf.
With layouts designed by the likes of Robert Trent Jones Jr., Tom Fazio and Jack Nicklaus, golfers are spoiled for choice and with the famous Golf Club at Dove Mountain – annual host of the WGC World Matchplay Championships since 2009 – you can even follow in the footsteps of your golfing heroes and enjoy some exciting matches of your own. With Scottsdale just a stone’s throw away, Tucson sometimes gets overlooked by the travelling golfer which is a shame as it easily rivals its more famous golfing neighbour.
An insider’s tip is to enjoy golf in the late evening, when the sun is lower as this takes the edge off the heat and ensures that you can enjoy some truly spectacular Arizona sunsets.