Set about 45 minutes from downtown Tucson with spectacular views of Wild Burro Canyon and the Tortolita Foothills, the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain is the epitome of a desert oasis.
The sprawling resort features more than 20 miles of mountain hiking and biking trails, a 17,000-square-foot spa and fitness center, three pools, a 235-foot water slide, tennis, ranger-led tours, and yes, most certainly golf – 27 Jack Nicklaus-designed holes to be exact.
Mountain, Canyon Views And Stellar Golf
The 3,894-yard Saguaro nine, with an incredible Saguaro cactus forest as a backdrop; 3,955-yard Tortolita nine, winding through a canyon and along the Tortolita Mountains; and 3,897 Wild Burro nine (the Golden Bear’s favorite), which offers players a breathtaking view of the resort from the fifth green, all present rewards and challenges with false fronts and difficult greens awaiting golfers at every turn.
Although the Match Play Championships have since relocated, visitors to Dove Mountain can still experience the same holes that the world’s best golfers faced and they can have an enjoyable time while doing it.
The resort offers plenty of room options to fit your group’s needs with ridge, canyon, resort and mountain view rooms, suites, and casitas… although we’re not sure if you’ll ever want to go inside during your visit.
Wine, Sushi And Burgers
As you’d expect with a resort set away from the city, the Ritz-Carlton has a bevy of dining options on site for its guests, including CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar, Ignite, Sushi Bar and Sake, Turquesa Latin Grill, Cayton’s Burger Bistro.
Through the end of June, the resort is offering an Unlimited Golf for Two package that includes: overnight accommodations, unlimited rounds of golf for two players exclusively at The Golf Club at Dove Mountain, daily breakfast for two at CORE Kitchen & Wine Bar, and a ten percent savings in the golf shop.
For the more daring of you who are looking to cram as many holes as possible into your visit, the resort offers the World Match Play Golf package. In addition to everything in the Unlimited Golf for Two package, this adds unlimited golf at the Gallery Golf Club as well.
The Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain is not only the perfect spot to consider for your next buddy trip, but it’s also a place that will have you feeling rejuvenated and recharged once you leave.
Buddy Trip Cost
Travel (by car)
One hour and 45 minutes from Phoenix, 4 1/2 hours from El Paso, six hours from San Diego.
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Jack Nicklaus (2009)