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Forty Niner Golf & Country Club

Forty Niner Golf & Country Club

12000 E Tanque Verde Rd Tucson, AZ 85749-9728 URL:   Course Website

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Forty Niner Country Club is an upscale, semi-private facility designed by William Francis Bell, a prominent golf course architect during the 1950`s and 60`s.

Forty Niner is known for its lush, mature landscaping and excellent course conditioning. It is lined with mesquite, giant cottonwood, eucalyptus and weeping willow trees.

The course opened in 1961 and offers the same challenges it did more than 35 years ago when the club hosted the PGA Tour`s Tucson Open. Don January was the winner in 1963, and Jack Cupit won in 1964. Local legend even has it that one year, Jack Nicklaus failed to make the cut on friday because of an 11 he took on hole #11! This course requires accuracy off the tee and excellent course management to score well on it`s quick, small greens.

Course Information for Forty Niner Golf & Country Club

Facility Information:
General: 18 hole regulation length course
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Forty Niner Golf & Country Club Information:
General: 18 hole regulation length course
Daily Fee golf course
Designed by William F. Bell, ASGCA
72 par, 6,630 yards
71.3 rating, 124 slope
Just Golf facility

Staff: Contact: Wendy Cross, General Manager

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Forty Niner Golf & Country Club 3.5 5 323 323
the course has a wonderful view we always have a great time when we play this Course. July 19, 2015
Dried out Courses should post conditions so consumers know whether they want to book when conditions are poor. July 13, 2015
not up to expectations was recommended as a very nice course. it was not. July 5, 2015
Take A chance up to you You know since the new owner each transition season from winter rye to natural grass they just stop watering to scalp it. I wasn't impressed by condition, actually did not like it. TO DRY hey water it. June 27, 2015
Probably won't go back Older course has lots of charm, but also lots of brown places. I loved the tree-lined fairways and the houses that surround the course are quite beautiful. June 18, 2015
Too Many White Stakes This may be the most conflicted review in history, but here goes. I have lived adjacent to Forty Niners for nearly 40 years. It was private when I was a kid, and after it opened to the public, it was a go-to course for me. At one time, I played three or four afternoons a week after work. However, under the previous regime, things deteriorated to the point where I refused to play there anymore. This was the first time I have played here in at least three years. The new owner has sunk a lot of resources and effort into improving Forty Niners, and I was impressed with the renovated clubhouse, restaurant, fitness center, cart shack, patio, parking lot, carts, etc. On the course, however, the fairways are still distressed-- especially #5, #14 & #17. I understand the summer heat has arrived, and the maintenance crew is working to remedy this, but the process of undoing what was done to the course previously might take a long time. Most of the greens are okay-- some are so-so. Although they were recently punched, they rolled fairly true, but were a little slow. A great deal of work appears to be in progress clearing dead foliage and trees from the periphery, along with some new irrigation and drainage, which I applaud. Over the years, due to the course's proximity to a substantial local waterway, any large rainstorm has wreaked havoc on many portions of the course, and in some cases, flooded the surrounding homes. My biggest criticism of Forty Niners, however, and which has not changed since the sale, is the location and quantity of white stakes. There are few hazards because essentially the entire course outside of the fairway is OB. It wasn't always like this, but the white stakes progressively moved inward from the homes to the point where the course is nearly unplayable to those who cannot hit EVERY shot perfectly. I would never play an outing here. The exasperation of hitting a decent, but slightly offline shot that comes to rest just outside the stakes is almost too much to handle. There have always been quite a few "militant" residents at Forty Niners-- those who insist on living on a golf course, but hate golfers. However, it wasn't entirely the homeowners fault in this case. Apparently, a dispute with the previous regime about who was responsible for maintaining spaces at or near property lines, forced homeowners hands. Now that the old is out, the new regime needs to do whatever it takes to make this course fair again. Agree to cut the grass, and move the stakes back to the walls, or adjust the design so rolling balls are repelled from the private property and remain inbounds. Red stake areas where homes are unaffected by wayward shots such as the left side on #6 & #7, and the right side on #13-15. This is the issue that kept me away from this course in the past above all others. It may take more time, but I believe the club is moving in the right direction, and therefore, I will give Forty Niners another chance. I hope to give it a more wholehearted recommendation at a later date. June 17, 2015
Nice relaxing course Course is relatively short, with generous enough fairways to land in. Desert areas are trimmed and well maintained so your not tip-toeing around cactus to find an errant shot. Course was being aerated at the time so some sparse grass areas, but watering going on to further improve conditions. Staff was friendly and efficient. Overall a very pleasant round of golf. June 3, 2015
Great Winter Grass Forty Niner is a classic old school golf course. It has previously fallen into disrepair, but this past season, the conditions have been excellent. My only concern is that when the winter rye grass dies off, there will be scant bermuda grass growing to replace it, as was the case last summer. For now however, it is a gem, and a great golf experience. It does not feature bent grass anywhere on the course, despite the website's description. It is bermuda overseeded with winter rye. May 26, 2015
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