Rated 3 out of 5 by Jon3671753 Muni in old part of town
Great value. Not the best part of town , however, if want a course that has value for the price with a little history look no further. Tucson open was played here back in the day. Apparently , there was a storm that pass through and wipe out the majority of trees which once line the course. So you long hitters will have a field day with shooting for the pins. Small greens usually slope back to front. You can cut some of the dog legs for easy wedge shots.. Fairways hard and roll for extra yardage. Long par threes. I like this type of course over a target course any day of the week. Play this course for the value and no frills or gimmicks.
November 10, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Mike7922611 Very nice!!!!
Awesome day to play !!!!! Played solo and went they quick !!! Staff was friendly and course looked great !! Will play again soon
November 9, 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Andy8542958 Excellent value
Great weather today and great value for el Rio in this condition. Barely any rough patches, bunkers were wet from rain but other than it was fantastic.
November 5, 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by tommyphils Ordinary Is All You Can Say
Although OB Sports has done an admirable job upgrading the conditions of all five Tucson municipal courses since it took over management, El Rio remains my least favorite of the five. The course is located in Barrio Hollywood, one of the oldest and most ethnically diverse sections of Tucson. It has a loyal following among the natives in the neighborhood, but if you looked up muni course in the dictionary, El Rio would be there. The course has no remarkable or memorable features. However, it is probably most notable for having some of the most difficult par 3s in the area. Holes #4, #8, and #15 are all near or greater than 200 yards even from the white tees. Since it is an older, traditional layout, the greens are rather small as is the norm on courses of that type. These par 3s are not only difficult to hit, they are difficult to hold. #8 is particularly tough since it is the longest of the three and usually into the teeth of the westerly wind. Many closest to the pins go unclaimed even in low handicap leagues on these holes. As for the conditions, even at its best, you will find less than ideal lies in many places. On this particular Sunday, the course was in about as good of shape as it is all year since it recently came out of overseeding. The fairways were really nice, and the greens rolled decent. However, if you venture outside the cut of the fairway, anything is possible. The rough can be patchy, extra thick, non-existent, gnarly, or wet. Plus, the many mature trees on the course have lots of rogue branches. Be prepared to punch out a lot (even from the first cut sometimes). The course does get quite a bit of play, especially on the weekends, but if you are from out of town and looking for a memorable golf experience, this is absolutely not the place. There is plenty of culture and history nearby, but there are also better courses nearby, too. I will say that El Rio is the best walk of the city's quintet. Since my club plays here often, I reluctantly play El Rio more than I would prefer. Despite my misgivings about the course, the staff is almost always very friendly. This is also the headquarters of the First Tee program. So, El Rio is a value to the community, but with all the other golf options in this area, it does not have my endorsement.
October 22, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by muellerfw Try it...........
Course was in nice shape. A pleasant surprise.
Bunkers were terrible.
October 9, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by Mark85937 I was rained out
I was rained out. The course said they would give me a rain check if they received authorization from Golf Now.
October 7, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by buckskin49 Great fun
Nice cool day. My husband and I were paired up with a 3rd player. The carts are nice, staff was very helpful and friendly. The course was in good condition with just the appropriate number of bunkers. The bunkers were hard and flooded, the greens were a little long, but the course overall was fun. There are a lot of large old trees. The facilities are a little tired, but this is an old course and they were what you would expect. Staff helped us get the clubs on our cart, and cleaned our clubs at the end of the round. Would golf here again.
October 6, 2015
Rated 4 out of 5 by scott8727904 great shape
This being my third time playing this course I am pleased to say the conditions are consistent. The fairways are in excellent shape and the course is challenging with sand traps tucked in close to greens. The tee boxes need a lot of work however, there are bare spots or crab grass on most. This day the greens had been recently plugged so ball was bouncing a lot, but two weeks ago there was nothing bad to say about them. Nice break from playing the target golf so many of the desert courses demand. It will be my go to course as it is close to my home.
July 25, 2015