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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


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


Rustic but nice

The hotel and grounds are very old. Our room was dated but comfortable. The golf course was just okay. The food was very good. We didn’t use the spa but it looked nice. All in all a decent stay although I doubt we would come back.

Went to play golf and stayed one night

My wife and I played twice and stayed one night. Golf course was average, food was excellent and room was good. This location is below Tucson almost to Nogales, about 35 min south of the Tucson airport.. Would not ordinarily go there but a group I belong to had a tournament on Columbus day. We found the food and service to be very good. The room was not plush but accetable except for the beds which were about the worst I've ever tried to sleep in ever. There are 27 holes of golf. We played 18 as one of the nines was closed for overseeding. That nine has one of the most famous golf movie holes. It was the course where the climactic scene of Tin Cup was shot. The two nines we played were obviously not designed by the same person. One was average and the other a bit better.

Dennis Quaid and the Shark Concert

We came down for the Dennis Quaid concert and spent the night. The resort grounds are beautiful and we enjoyed the amenities. We ate out on the patio and listened to music the night before. Such a beautiful evening. However, the actual rooms were just ok, nothing amazing.