4.5
Very Good 362 Reviews
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What We Love

  • Ambience is more Old Southwest historical than many Arizona golf resorts
  • The 600-acre property is part of the original Otero Ranch, which was the region’s first Spanish land grant
  • Grabbing dinner at one of two excellent on-site restaurants serving Mexican and continental cooking
  • 27-hole golf course features Bent Grass greens, Bermuda fairways and beautiful views
  • Celebrity connection: Bing Crosby developed this place in 1959, and much of Tin Cup was filmed here

What To Know

  • A $15 per night resort fee will be collected by Jetsetter at checkout
  • Although it underwent a substantial renovation five years ago, this resort is not as posh as some in Phoenix or Tucson
  • Tie the knot here: There’s an on-site wedding chapel
  • Child-friendly, with on-site babysitting if you need a break
  • Bring your pooch; this hotel is pet friendly

Amenities

  •  Babysitting
  •  Bar
  •  Free WiFi
  •  Golf Course
  •  Gym
  •  Handicap-accessible
  •  Parking On Site
  •  Pet-friendly
  •  Pool
  •  Restaurant
  •  Room Service
  •  Spa
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Overview

The Review

Situated on 500 acres in the Santa Cruz River Valley, just 45 minutes south of Tucson, the Tubac Golf Resort & Spa’s Spanish colonial architecture is set amid expansive green lawns and groves of cottonwood trees, all ringed by the stunning Santa Rita and Tumacacori mountains. But this resort, a mile north of the village of the same name, is more than just another beautiful place to tee off in Arizona. Located on the oldest land grant in the Southwest, the Otero Ranch, it also comes with its own historically significant back story.

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Blending traditional Southwest style with modern amenities, the guestrooms are equally appealing. That 2007 expansion added 52 Hacienda Suites (650 square feet each) that have separate, sunken living rooms with leather furniture in front of gas fireplaces. And they all have private patios, most of which open to the golf course. The bathrooms in all room types have walk-in tiled showers and jetted tubs to soak sore limbs.

You can’t beat this resort’s location. It’s adjacent to the small town of Tubac (pop. 1,200), so you don’t waste time driving through endless sprawling suburbs to do something other than play golf. Once a Pima Indian village and then a Spanish fort, today Tubac is considered one of Arizona’s most influential art communities. The historic buildings lining Main Street house numerous shops and galleries that sell fine arts, crafts, unique gifts, local wines and touristy Southwestern souvenirs, plus a number of excellent restaurants. Of course, if you’ve come specifically for the golf, you won’t be disappointed by the 27 holes on three playable nines catering to all skill levels.

How to Get There

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa
1 Otero Rd
Tubac, AZ 85646 United States

Reviews

4.5 Very Good 362 Reviews
Serenity in the desert
Reviewed 6 hours ago

This was our first time to Tubac and this small wonderful resort, but it won’t be our last! The resort is a former ranch and they filmed parts of the movie “Tin Cup” here. Lots of green grass and huge old trees that shelter the rooms which are so nice! Our room must of been 750 square feet with a separate small living room with beehive fireplace. The beds are so comfy that you hardly want to get up! But do- the pool is small but so clean and inviting with free cabanas, the spa looked great and the gift shop there had darling jewelry and clothes-we all bought some! The bar has old saddles as barstools and of course we got a picture...the restaurant has really good food and drinks. The town of Tubac is filled with old buildings housing art galleries and jewelry stores- lots of good shopping. Eat at Elvira’s, it’s a one of a kind experience and very cool!!

Great Accommodations!
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our spacious suite was everything we could want in accommodations, even a separate TV/sitting room with leather seats and couch, a flat-screen TV and a fireplace. The huge bed was very comfortable, with a surfeit of pillows, and the room had a copper sink, a refrigerator and a Keurig coffee maker (excellent coffee!). We had a lovely back patio with a nice view of trees and manicured lawn. This is the third time we've stayed here for our anniversary, and God willing it won't be the last.

Beautiful golf resort has summer specials
Reviewed 1 month ago

This beautiful, quiet golf resort outside the town of Tubac is fabulous. In the summer, they have golf packages and spa packages or stay here simply to enjoy the resort and the shopping in Tubac. The resort’s restaurant has a lovely view of the golf course and serves excellent food.

Great retreat spot
Reviewed 2 months ago

Held our firm retreat here and it was excellent! From start to end had no issues. All the people on site were so nice and helpful. No request was too much. Food was delicious, great spa treatment, golf and wine tasting! Happy attorneys- made me look like a rockstar. Highly recommend it.

Last time we'll go here!
Reviewed 2 months ago

My warning is if you are part of a group don't you or your pet get sick or have an emergency. You'll be stuck with the entire bill for your reservation. Maybe you should book elsewhere. And here's why!
We had reservations for a room on 4/30 and 5/1 through a group from our active adult community. We've been doing this golf outing for 9 of 10 years. We also had reservations for 2 people for 2 nights for a Mexican food buffet.
We had to cancel on 4/29 because our dog became very ill which required two days hospitalization.
Our credit card bill had a charge of $519. Tubac Resort charged us for both nights plus the Mexican food buffet for both nights. On top of this, we had a $1000 vet bill.
Tubac Resort has a 7 day cancellation policy and a 3 day food cancellation.
I didn't know they could charge you for food you didn't eat and wasn't yet prepared. The food charge was $178. We have talked with many neighbors and heard many more incidents where they are just greedy. One person dropped a wine glass which they cleaned up and notified the staff but were charged $8. What?!? Needless to say this is a beautiful place, but being friendly and compassionate is not there game. We won't be going there again.