Arizona National Golf Club
Hole #12
Hole #12 | Photo: Henebry Photography

Arizona National Golf Club

Former name
Formally The Raven Club at Sabino Springs
Address

9777 East Sabino Greens Drive
Tuscon AZ 85749 United States

Portfolio open date
Course setting
Desert
Design style
Alpine
Course type
Daily Fee
Teaser image
Hole #2
Hole #2 | Photo: Henebry Photography

Winding its way through the foothills of the Santa Catalina Mountains, Arizona National Golf Club marks another triumph of the marriage between golf and the environment. Robert Trent Jones II is proud to have been involved in the design of this environmentally responsible golf course. During construction a biologist walked in front of bulldozers to help protect desert fauna, and horticulturists salvaged thousands of saguaro cacti, which now stand as a symbol of the course. Located within the Tucson city limits, Arizona National provides a 6,916-yard trek through the dramatic Sonoran Desert.

It encompasses mesquite-lined arroyos, wide desert washes, stark outcroppings of rock, and nine natural springs. The vibrant green grass of the fairways marks a striking contrast to the sere desert palette.

Strategic challenges abound. The second hole, which plays 575 yards, requires a tee shot over a water hazard to one of the layout’s more sinuous fairways. The approach-whether on the second or fourth shot-must avoid a wash filled with sagebrush, cholla, and ancient saguaros.

Number twelve offers more than just a 187-yard par three-it’s also a trip into the ancient past. The green site on this hole was once home to a Hohokam Indian dwelling. The small pond near the tee boxes served as a watering hole for the tribe’s livestock. Our architects made integrating these sites a priority during the design of the golf course. This mystical desert journey wraps up with a serious decision for big hitters on the eighteenth hole. From a tee box elevated 200 feet above the fairway, this 513-yarder can surely be reached with two well-struck shots. But a lake along the left side will swallow all hooks.