Arizona National Golf Club

6785 yrd

Home to the University of Arizona’s Men’s and Women’s golf teams, it no secret why Arizona National ranks as the best public golf course in Tucson year after year. 

Designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. in 1966, this classic desert layout sits at the base of the Santa Catalina Mountains and offers breathtaking vistas.  The abutting Coronado National Forest is home to some of the tallest Saguaro cacti in the world (I learned the hard way, don’t get too close or you’ll pay the price).

Even though the course is only 6,785 yards, it presents more than enough difficult shots and tough decisions to keep you on your toes. My favorite hole is the par five 18th.  The tee shot plays dramatically downhill.  On your second shot, you’re left with a decision of whether to go for the green in two over a substantial lake or, lay up, thus risking some crude comments from your buddies. In our group, there’s been more than a few bucks won and lost on this hole.


Paul Liberatore
Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast both on Apple and Spotify talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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