Central Arizona Glendale

Adobe Dam Golf Course

Adobe Dam Golf Course
This place bills itself as the “Best Little Golf Course by a Dam Site” and hey, who’s to argue? It’s not a golf course where you are going to spend your day, but one where you can spend an enjoyable part of a day while you take in the surroundings and activities of this area northwest of Phoenix.

Arizona’s “Best Little Golf Course by a Dam Site”

This nine-hole executive course is located at the southern end of the Adobe Mountain Recreation Area, which is managed by Maricopa County Parks and Recreation and offers a host of family activities. The course, which most golfers walk, plays at 1,756 yards with one par-5 hole, two par 4’s and six par 3’s, which range in length from 97 to 168 yards. Played twice, it measures 3,512 yards at par 62 with a rating of 58.1 and slope of 87. It’s a good place for newcomers to learn the game and experienced players to work on their short game in a relaxed atmosphere but one that respects the traditions of the game and stresses etiquette.

Designed by Les Gullickson and head pro Pete Julsrud, it opened in 1993 and features arroyos and desert areas that can add to the challenge along with deep rough and small greens, and finishes with a tricky water hazard. The finishing par-3 holes, at 168 and 144 yards, both are testing and can make or break your round. Other amenities include a lighted, grass driving range, putting green, pitching green complete with bunkers, and the Phoenix Golf School. This facility is known for having a quality junior program.

Green fees are about as low as you can find in the Phoenix metro area at around 15 bucks or less. Because you can move around this course quickly, it leaves plenty of time for other activities and you will find lots of them in the nearby park that sets at the base of the Hedgepeth Hills and spans 1,526 acres.

Among other things, it is home to the Arizona Model Pilots Society, Maricopa Live Streamers and Arizona Model Railroading Society, two go-cart racing clubs and the Fort Adobe Paintball Complex. The Maricopa Live Steamers Railroad Heritage Preservation Society operates out of the park and offers free train rides on Sundays (excluding June-August).

There also are numerous athletic fields, hiking trails and the highly popular Wet ‘N Wild waterpark. It is also close to Cactus League spring training baseball complexes and the home arenas of the NFL Arizona Cardinals football team and NHL Phoenix Coyotes hockey club.

Southern Arizona Tubac

Tubac Golf Resort

Arizona Golf Authority Golf Course Buzz: The legendary Red Lawrence – the “Desert Fox’’ — built the first 18 holes at rustic Tubac Golf Resort back in the 1960s and architect Ken Kavanaugh added nine more not long ago.

Tubac Golf Resort - Arizona Golf Course Reviews from the Arizona Golf Authority
Tubac Golf Resort

Then they mixed them all together to form the Anza, Otero and Rancho nines. Together those 27 holes make for one of the most kick-back golf experiences this side of the US/Mexico border.

The elegant par 3s defined by massive eucalyptus trees and water, together with the infamous par 4s and 5s used for shooting the popular golf flick ‘’Tin Cup’’ provide a great test of golf skill in this laid-back southern outpost just a few miles north of Nogales.

As the locals will tell you, the original 18 hole configuration at Tubac was pretty hard to beat with the classic doglegs, elevated greens and ancient mesquite groves. The new nine that is mixed throughout is a little more wide open even if it does bob and weave along the Santa Cruz River running through it.

Along the way, you’ll recognize the holes where Kevin Costner’s infamous character “Roy McIvoy’’ broke his clubs all the way down to the 7-iron, and where McIvoy was fired as Don Johnson’s caddie.

Overall, the place is steeped in history and closely tied to Arizona’s early days with Mexico. Time seems to slow down a bit around these parts, providing a refreshing respite and the chance to enjoy the peace and quiet of the majestic landscape in this part of southern Arizona.

The Arizona Golf Authority AZGA “Local Hang” for Tubac Golf Resort is no drive at all. The onsite Stables bar is the place to to enjoy an authentic margarita after your round, where the bar stools come complete with leather saddles!

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