Starr Pass Golf Club
Starr Pass Golf Club
Starr Pass is a challenging 27-hole, Arnold Palmer world-class Signature Golf Club with great practice and teaching facilities that are all in pristine condition. Among the facilities are a full sized driving range, practice bunkers, and chipping and putting greens. The original 18 holes were designed in 1987 by Robert Cupp along with PGA Tour pro, Craig Stadler, and hosted the PGA Tucson Open from 1987 to 1996. Phil Mickelson’s first PGA Tour win, as an amateur in 1991, was at Starr Pass. It was re-designed in 2003 by Arnold Palmer when the Palmer Design Team added the latest 9 holes near the Marriott Starr Pass Resort. The 3 nines are called, the Rattler, the Roadrunner, and the Coyote courses.
From the arroyos and hills in the heart of the Tucson Mountains, Starr Pass Golf Course has gorgeous views of Tucson and the surrounding mountain ranges. The hillsides are covered with giant saguaros, mesquite and palo verde trees, and various kinds of cactus. The golf club is adjacent to the Tucson Mountain Park, which is protected desert with miles of hiking and biking trails that lead through the northern part of the Sonoran Desert. The abundance of wildlife in the area includes coyotes, javalina, bobcats, deer, roadrunners, quail, rabbits, and hawks, among many others.
Ideally located in the Tucson mountains, Starr Pass is the closest golf resort to:
- The University of Arizona
- Downtown Tucson
- The Tucson International Airport
- The Arizona-Sonora Desert Musem
- Old Tucson Studios
- Saguaro National Monument West
Arnold Palmer’s Simple Design Philosphy
Arnold believes in traditional, straight forward designs that produce courses that are exciting and enjoyable for players of all skill levels. Design features are not forced into terrain that they are not compatible with. These design strategies, along with being sensitive to the environment, create courses that have lasting impact over the generations. Mobility impaired guests at Starr Pass are able to take advantage of the Eagle Single Rider golf cart to be able to play a PGA professional class course that they may have thought impossible to navigate because of the hilly terrain. Starr Pass Golf Club has been certified as an Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary with employees trained in environmental stewardship. Water conservation and water quality management are a top priority in the desert. Wildlife management and education are also part of environmental planning.
“To design beautiful golf courses that are fun to play while maintaining the utmost respect for nature.”
Living in Starr Pass
The JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa, the only true eco-resort in Tucson, offers 575 spacious guestrooms and 35 suites featuring a private patio or balcony with tremendous desert and city of Tucson views. The custom-made furniture, warm and inviting colors, super comfortable beds, and spacious bathrooms with separate tubs and showers all say, “relaxed luxury.” The fine dining in their award winning restaurants is sure to please even the most discriminating guests. Meetings & Conventions magazine has given The Marriott Starr Pass Resort and Spa its coveted Gold Tee Award 3 years in a row. This outstanding resort was also included in the Best Hotels list of Travel and Leisure World for 2 years in succession as well. The water features at Starr Pass are outstanding. Whether you are in the mood for an adventure on the Monsoon Falls waterslide, just want to relax by the reflection pools, float lazily along the Starr Canyon River, or play in the Dancing Springs, there is a perfect place for you at Starr Pass. www.jwmarriottstarrpass.com
Kids Play For Free
Starr Pass promotes junior golfers in order to grow the game. Kids Golf-4-Free is program developed by Marriot Resorts designed to instill the love of golf into the next generation. Starr pass provides an opportunity to children that are 15 years old or less to play for free when accompanied by an adult. Youth participants are even able to borrow clubs for their free rounds. The program also extends a free golf lesson to children when an accompanying adult schedules one.