By Gary Gomez: Bargain Tucson Editor
There are so many things I love about Tucson. Summer is even one of them. One of my favorite parts of summer in Tucson is getting to play golf on the fabulous resort courses for a pittance of their normal rates.
Since Sewailo Golf Club opened I have been waiting for the right time (price) to play it. It opened at just under $200 per round? It quickly settled into $149 for the balance of “season”. Managed by Troon Golf explains a lot about the price. But I have to say it is among the State’s best. Golfweek rated it in the top 25 in Arizona. Also the normal Troon experience is somewhat arrogant but the service here was very friendly and welcoming. A friendly staff member even carried our clubs to our carts as we walked toward the club house.
If you didn’t know, the Casino del Sol is owned by the Pasqua Yaqui Tribe. Sewailo means “flower world” in their native language. They hired famed Native American golfer & commentator (NBC and Golf channels) Notah Begay to design the course. He did a great job blending this course into the Sonoran Desert in consideration of the Yaqui goal of blending native landscape with lakes and streams.
Whatever your ability this beautiful course has a tee box and distance to get your attention. 7,400 yards from the championship tees (Bear Down tees) is out of my league. Although the description says 5 tee boxes I counted 7 on the score card with two combo tees (blend of two: Ruby/Jade and Opal/Copper).
The course was well manicured and very well maintained. I would say it’s in excellent condition. The only disappointment for the whole day was the parking lot was small and the clubhouse was not what I expected of a resort course, especially a resort casino course. I expected the clubhouse to reflect, give us a hint, of the successful execution of the tribes goals for this remarkable course.
One of Arizona Top 25 Golf Courses For Only $32
So what was our green fee? Try $32 for a sunset rate! We teed off around 3:00 pm with plenty of time to finish 18. I picked the Ruby/Jade tees that came in at 6,500 yds and a rating of 70.0/ slope of 126. And my sweetheart chose the ladies Copper tees at 5,200 yds. with a rating of 69.6/slope of 123.
Of course I have to give her strokes. However, that’s not working very well for me as she beat me and has every time we play. On the back 9 she even beat me in gross score? I commented on this to a marshal and he said the guys usually do better on the front 9 and struggle on the back with the opposite true of the ladies. The back 9 on the tees I played is 200 yds. longer! I’ve got to re-negotiate strokes.
This course reminds me of Nicklaus (Jack) designed courses. Tough but not tricked up. However, Sewailo has some misdirection/deception off the tee boxes and approaches to the greens. It can look like you should hit a certain direction but in reality that way can get you in trouble.
Also, the distances can be deceiving. It looks like an easy shot that falls far short or sails over. I need to get a GPS. The views and vistas are wonderful although not as dramatic as say Arizona National. But I really like this course and look forward to playing here again. My sweetheart was impressed with the bathrooms; stylish and super clean. This is important for women for sure. The cart that came around provided more than the typical choices of beer and snacks. Free bottled water was also available on the course!
Next time I may choose the somewhat shorter Jade tees (200 yds. shorter). But more than the total length, it’s the longer holes that doomed my score on that day. When championship tees are over 6000 yds. and even the Jade comes in at 581 for #10 par 5, you have to pick tees that will keep you coming back. So grab a twilight rate and really have a wonderful experience. This super rate is running till Sept. 21st when they close the course for over-seeding (3 weeks).
Sewailo Golf Club
5655 W Valencia Rd.; Tucson, Arizona