Extraordinary! The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain

While unveiling his first golf course in the Tucson area in 25 years, legendary champion Jack Nicklaus took advantage of the High Sonoran Desert setting to integrate solid strategy, variety and shot value into each hole at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain.

A reflection of the lush, desert mountain terrain (2,300- to 3,000-feet elevation), the original 27 holes of this Jack Nicklaus Signature Design all present unique challenges and distinct character, blended naturally among noble saguaros that stand beneath the surrounding Tortolita Mountain Range. The result is an elite venue ready to be shared by golfing friends and legends alike.

Extraordinary! The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain

Two nines – the Saguaro and Tortolita – form a par 72 that measures 7,833 yards for the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship. Intended by Nicklaus to test generations of champions the layout has received accolades from tour pros who tested themselves against the course during its debut on the world stage.

“I find the golf course very interesting and fun,” said Phil Mickelson, no stranger to desert golf. “I like it. It requires interesting shots – bump-and-runs, flops, spinning shots. There are many ways to get the ball close on these greens, not just one, where you’re limited. I like that challenge.”

What golfers will discover at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain are large greens with significant undulation and movement. Although the fairways are generously wide overall, there are carries over desert washes required from numerous tees and on several approach shots. The bunkering varies from classic, pot-style obstacles to expansive areas that stretch close to 80 yards.

“I love playing golf here,” said England’s Paul Casey, runner-up in the Match Play Championship. “If you hit a good golf shot you’re rewarded with a pretty simple birdie putt.”

Off the course, the dynamic, 50,000-square foot clubhouse provides panoramic views and includes many intricate elements that allow it to harmonize with its environment. Cayton’s, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club’s signature restaurant, invites the desert to come inside, with wood-framed glass panels that unfold, opening out to an exterior terrace overlooking the golf course.

While the golf courses eventually will be accessible only by resident members and resort guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, open play is now available on a preview basis. Your experience includes golf, cart, access to the practice facilities and required forec-addie from the distinctive Ritz-Carlton Caddie Concierge program. For more information, call 520.572.3000.


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