Starr Pass (Rattler & Roadrunner) - Arizona - USA

Starr Pass Golf Club,
3645 W. Starr Pass Boulevard,
Arizona (AZ) 85745,

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The Marriott Resort at the foot of the Tucson Mountains is quite elaborate, featuring numerous pools and a lazy river. We suggest you take advantage of these options, because of the south Arizona heat, but naturally we assume you will have played the resort’s 27 holes of golf first.

The Roadrunner and Rattler nines are the championship course at Starr Pass, originally designed by Bob Cupp and later renovated by Arnold Palmer (who also added the extra Coyote nine). One other nice detail at this family resort is that kids play free...but one must consider whether taking them on the course is truly good parenting. During the course’s hosting of the Tucson Open between 1986 and 1997, two of the holes on the Rattler route played among the hardest on tour.

No. 3 is a long par four featuring carries across a deep arroyo both from the tee and to the angled green. No. 5 is a par five with two fairways to consider approaching from with one’s third shot: The angle is better but the distance longer from the left route, while the forced carry from the right will make one doubt whether the shorter distance is worth it.

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Description: The 27-hole layout at Starr Pass Golf Club began in the mid-1980s as a Bob Cupp-designed 18-hole course but Arnold Palmer added another nine during a restoration in 2003. The club hosted or co-hosted the former Tucson Open on the PGA Tour between 1987 and 1996. Rating: 6 out of 10 Reviews: 1
Reed Burke

Played here twice when I was in the Tucson area visiting family. The course had great conditions and interesting holes. Lots of elevation change off the tees with some punishing landing zones and long carries over ravines and trouble. My dad had to play some of the more forward tees because hes lost a lot of distance in recent years, but i had a great time playing from the back tees. If you have a long and accurate drive, this course is a lot of fun. Bring your A game and some extra balls!

February 21, 2022
6 / 10
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