Course Review and Comments
I played as part of the GC Am Tour tournament, so price was significantly discounted; I'd played here before and it was $200 a round. However, if you play it at a twilight rate, it's significantly cheaper. Caddies are available, but are drawn from all walks of life and only caddy part time, so don't count on their reads or strategic advice. Course itself was in great shape, except for the greens, which were bumpy and slow, probably kept long due to the heat at the end of the summer. I was surprised pins didn't move much on any of the three days--not sure if that was a course or tournament decision, but they were in generally accessible positions, greens offer some diabolical locations. Greens have been softened since initial PGA complaints and aren't really too bad now, but are typical Nicklaus. It's a demanding layout, but Wild Burro is the easiest of the three 9s with the most accomodating fairways off the tee. Saguaro and Tortolita tend to repel tee balls, whereas Wild Burro has more generous landing areas. All of the 9s feature heavy visual illusions off the tee, so pick a line and commit to it and don't automatically reach for the big dog; in the desert is dead, and you'll get plenty of roll off the firm fairways, plus the ball carries more in the hot air and altitude. On Wild Burro, I only hit driver on #1, 3, 6, and 9 from the Blue tees; on Tortolita, it's even more important to hit the fairway and I only used driver on #4, 5, and 9 (which was playing from the PGA waaaaay back tee). Everything breaks toward downtown Tucson on the greens, despite the local slope for the most part. Bunkers are thin, use a low bounce wedge. Green side rough is thick and grabby. Amenities are everything you could ask for and would expect at a PGA tour stop. Truly world class service as well--that's 5 star all the way. Only complaint I've heard about the place is that if you want to party, it's a long way from everything else and resort prices are expensive. See full review at tipsgolftips.com for playing strategy and complete description.
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