Anyone who has played golf in Tucson, Arizona will attest to the superior courses, landscaping and mild climate offered year-round. Few Arizona courses however, can offer the resort style benefits of Westin La Paloma’s Country Club, operated by Troon Golf.
As part of a $35 million resort-wide renovation completed in October of 2013, all 27 holes of La Paloma Country Club’s Jack Nicklaus Signature design received rejuvenation. Fresh white sand was brought in to reshape the bunkers, and beautifully compliment the refreshed green surfaces covered in the same lush Mini Verde Bermuda turf found at TPC Sawgrass.
Country Club General Manager, Patrick Galloway explains, “Our goal was to dramatically improve the playing surfaces of the golf course, without changing the aesthetics of the championship layout”.
La Paloma Country Club has had its share of recognition over the years. Golf Digest, Golf Magazine, and Conde Nast Traveler have all rated the La Paloma Country Club course among the best in the United States. Golf for Women recognized La Paloma as one of the country’s most women-friendly courses, and most recently the efforts of the Country Club and The Westin La Paloma combined to bring recognition from the International Association of Golf Tour Operators’ (IAGTO) with its first ever Sustainability Award for Community Involvement.
It is the combined focus of country club lifestyle wrapped within resort benefits that is bringing La Paloma Country Club to a unique new level of leisure.
La Paloma Country Club’s award-winning Jack Nicklaus Signature Design course is exclusive to Westin La Paloma Resort guests and Country Club members. This golfer’s paradise situated among the dynamic saguaro cacti of the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains remains one of the few private courses in Southern Arizona. By bringing additional rounds through occasional play from resort guests, course conditions remain exceptional and membership satisfaction is at an all-time high, in part due to the additional benefits brought in from the resort.
La Paloma Country Club members have access to all ten of the Westin La Paloma’s swimming pools, including five hot and cold therapy spas, family and adult pools, as well as one of Tucson’s longest waterslides, the ‘SlideWinder’. The resort also extends special offers and discounts on six on-property dining options, as well as occasional property sponsored events and promotions. Country Club members benefit from the on-site Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa and actively utilize the Westin Kids Club, available for ages 6 months to 12 years with indoor and outdoor scheduled activities year-round.
The 3,463-yard, par 36 Hill Course starts golfers off with stunning views of the Santa Catalina Mountains and weaves its way through the Saguaro studded desert landscape. It presents encounters with natural arroyos, saguaro cacti and risk/reward shot decisions. The Hill Course rating/slope information is based off of the 18-hole combination of the Hill and Ridge courses.
Signature hole #8. 157 yards, par 3. On this short hole, two of the three strokes should be putts. A short iron over a deep valley to a green must be accurate in finding the pin, or the player will have a challenging putt on this moderately contoured green.
The Ridge Course, at 3,554 yards and par 36, is considered by many to be the most picturesque nine holes available in Southern Arizona. Jack Nicklaus combined the spectacular views with a natural desert landscape design that demands careful shot selection. The Ridge course rating/slope information is based off of the 18-hole combination of the Ridge and Canyon courses.
Signature hole #4. 199 yards, par 3. The mountains form a magnificent backdrop for this hole. It plays across the edge of a canyon 30 to 40 feet below the fairway to a well-contained green guarded on the back and left side by grassy hollows and mounds.
True to its name, this 3,534 yard par 36 layout offers numerous elevated tee shots down to the manicured fairways at the bottom of the desert canyon through which the course has been created. Jack Nicklaus designed a challenging, but fair, experience that rewards well placed shots. The Canyon course rating/slope information is based off of the 18-hole combination of the Ridge and Canyon courses.
Signature hole #7. 445 yards, par 4/5. Enjoy the view, but be sure your tee shot is long and to the right on this signature, yet very difficult hole. A major wash to the left hand and a sloping hill to the right guard the fairway. The approach shot be will a blind one to a green that is cut into a hillside 30 feet higher than the fairway.
PGA Professionals creating road trips for 2 or more foursomes can also benefit from the Troon partnership with Westin, earning preferred group room rates at The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, plus a complimentary room with daily food and beverage resort credit for the Pro.
For additional information on La Paloma Country Club, PGA Road Trips or membership information visit www.lapalomacc.com or call 520.299.1500.
For information about The Westin La Paloma Resort & Spa, visit westinlapalomaresort.com or call 520.742.6000. For reservations, call 1.888.627.7201.