The Pines Golf Club at Marana

Marana’s might as a golf destination was significantly enhanced when the PGA Tour announced it would bring the World Golf Championships – Accenture Match Play Championship to the town traditionally known for farming and ranching. But long before Geoff Ogilvy and Paul Casey dueled in the sun, Marana was home to one of the most unique golf course design projects ever undertaken in the state of Arizona.

Originally perched atop a gravel pit that had become an eyesore for the community, The Pines Golf Club at Marana now runs through the expansive quarry, giving it a one-ofa-kind feel and look.

Pines Golf Club at Marana

The Pines was slated to resemble a Scottish links course, but that plan was quickly abandoned and the wheels were set in motion to reclaim more than 90-plus acres of rugged landscape in the 100-foot deep sand and gravel pit, paving way for the development of Arizona’s first quarry golf course.

Ten of the Pines 18 holes were rerouted through the quarry, while the remaining eight original holes were reconfigured to blend with the new design. The architectural team of Gilmore/Graves also added a plethora of pines throughout the course; those trees now give the course its name.

When the transformation was complete in October 2003, Marana was home to Arizona’s first quarry golf course. Aesthetically The Pines is unmatched, treating golfers to splendid backdrops of the Tucson Mountains. The course itself features remarkable elevation changes and undulating greens.

The links footprint is still present on the opening nine that features stunning views of the surrounding mountains. But the real bread and butter of this desert dream is an unforgettable nine that dips down into the quarry.

The Pines signature hole is the par-3 11th. This spectacular hole requires a daunting tee shot across the quarry to an island green bordered by nothing but sheer cliffs; you can call it quarry golf’s version of No. 17 at TPC Sawgrass. Mostly everyone who has played the Pines at Marana will agree the defining characteristic of this golf course is the variety displayed from hole to hole. The course isn’t a bruiser from the tee boxes, playing less than 6,500 hundred yards, but the Pines does require great imagination and shot-making ability if you hope to score well on the par-71 layout full of risk-reward opportunities.

The Pines Golf Club at Marana

While the desert surrounds this course, it doesn’t come into play all that often. Neither does water, as only one hazard exists off the third tee at No. 4 if you go for the green over the dogleg – about 320 yards from the back tee.

Like most courses, scoring is more dependent on putting than on navigating hazards and rock formations. Most of the greens at the Pines feature some modest undulation but some are steeply sloped, adding an extra element of challenge.

Players who prefer pushing the pedal to the floor have three chances to do so of the opening nine, as the Pines offers three potentially drivable par-4s if a favorable wind exists. Make sure to save strokes on those holes because the two par-3s on the front can each play to over 200 yards.

The aforementioned quarry land reclamation project not only produced a wonderful golf facility, it turned a community eyesore into an asset. A nature trail has been built along the adjacent Santa Cruz River and donated to the Town of Marana, allowing local residents to enjoy the river on one side of the trail and dramatic views into The Pines Golf Club at Marana on the other.

Although the stunning landscape is the most acclaimed asset present at the Pines, the commitment to excellent customer service shouldn’t be overlooked. Additionally, golfers will experience magnificent conditions and affordable rates 12 months a year.

Players can save even more with the popular Gold Card, which is widely considered to be the “Best Golf Value in Town.” The Pines extends value to its customers with a Frequent Player Program and membership packages as well.

The Pines also offers a full complement of services and amenities and is capable of hosting golf tournaments and group outings.

When planning your next golf tournament, be sure to consider the Pines. To ensure the success of your event, the Pines provides golfers ample assistance in planning their trip to “Play the Pines,” including an online tournament planner. Through the online application, organizers can develop a customized Web site specific to any outing, online registration with payment options, tournament planning checklists and communication tools.

The Pines Golf Club at Marana

The Pines Golf Club at Marana is also on the cutting edge in terms of teaching and technology. In addition to comprehensive instruction from private lessons to group clinics offered by the PGA professionals at the Bright Side Golf Academy, players can learn the finer points of the game online courtesy of the Laptop Lessons offered at www.playthepines.com.

The Pines is the perfect place to warm up or work on your game, with a full-practice facility with a driving range, separate short-game area, chipping green with tow bunkers and putting greens.

The Pines at Marana is located just northwest of Tucson off I-10, an easy 90 minute drive from Greater Phoenix. To discover more about what The Pines has to offer, visit www.playthepines.com.

If you have any questions about one of the most unique golf courses in Tucson, please call The Pines Golf Shop at 520-744-7443 or 866-PINES-18.

The visually stunning and dramatic The Pines Golf Club at Marana is now one of the most prominent, enjoyable and unique courses in Arizona and the second distinctive golf course to be constructed on the exact same property.

Oakmont has its “Church Pew” bunkers, Augusta National has Amen Corner and Pebble Beach has a beautiful ocean-front finale. The Pines at Marana also has that “it” factor, capable of turning a great day of golf into an unforgettable adventure.
 

 

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