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Starr Pass Golf Club


About Starr Pass Golf Club

Take lessons in true desert golf at our Starr Pass Tucson Golf Club. With great facilities and practice areas, a club restaurant and bar, our golf school is at the head of its class. Our club offers three nine-hole golf courses designed by legendary Arnold Palmer, club rentals, club fitting and tournaments, set on a mountain and desert landscape.

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Creation of the Course

Founded 120 years ago when Richard Starr blazed a trail through the Tucson Mountains, Starr Pass is home to our resort, our golf school and our three nine-hole golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer. Coyote's sixth fairway marks Mr. Starr's trail and is distinguished today as the signature hole at Starr Pass Golf Club.

The Starr Pass Golf Club site was personally selected by PGA Tour Commissioner Dean Beaman. When he saw the site for the first time, he was instantly inspired by the natural beauty and rugged terrain. With the help of renowned golf course designer Bob Cupp and PGA Tour professional Craig Stadler, they created a world-class TPC golf facility.

Starr Pass Golf Club hosted the annual Tucson Open between 1987 and 1996. During that time, the third (#3 Rattler) and fifth holes (#5 Rattler) were rated two of the most difficult on the PGA Tour, with the average score for 18 holes ranking among the highest on tour as well.

A true desert course, natural elements are used as hazards while showcasing majestic vistas of the Catalina Mountains. Legends such as Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson, Payne Stewart and Nancy Lopez have carved their way through this historic golf course.

Golf Instruction


Available for resort and local Tucson guests:

  • Private golf lessons
  • On-course playing lessons
  • Junior golf lessons
  • Series of lessons (buy four; get one free)

Rates for lessons are $90 per hour and $50 per half hour lesson.

Customized Golf Schools which include:

  • Instruction
  • Golf
  • Golf amenity
  • Gift certificate for merchandise

Corporate Group Clinics:

  • For 6 or more students
  • $40 per person for a 1.5-hour clinic


  • Corporate
  • Golf
  • Sport
  • Trial
  • Junior Golf
  • Fitness
  • Social
  • Resort/Spa
  • Resort/Spa Seasonal
  • Spa Fitness
  • Spa Fitness Seasonal

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Green Game

A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, Starr Pass Golf Club demonstrates a high degree of quality environmental stewardship. We received our certification through environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management, outreach, education, water conservation and water quality management. At Starr Pass Golf School, we believe in protecting natural habitats and growing golf course employees into environmental stewards.

Phil Mickelson's PGA wins at Starr Pass

Make history with us at Starr Pass Golf Club and Golf School. Phil Mickelson's 1991 victory at Star Pass Golf Club, which would be the first of three in the Tucson Open, resulted in Starr Pass becoming a significant part of golf history. The victory was a springboard into his professional career, as he was still an amateur and student at Arizona State University. Mickelson became the fourth golfer in PGA history to achieve this accomplishment as an amateur.


Our Eagle Single Rider golf car is available to our mobility impaired guests for their use when using our Tucson golf course and practice facilities. Please contact the golf shop for reservations and to ensure availability.

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