A picture-perfect par three

At the highest point on the golf course sits Ventana Canyon’s signature third hole. One of the most photographed golf holes west of the Mississippi, this short par three is tucked into the rugged rocks of the Santa Catalina mountains and across a canyon of cacti. The tee offers a breathtaking panorama that stretches across the Sonoran Desert into Mexico. Be sure to snap some photos – you’ll want this memory forever.

A sneak peek at all 18 holes

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One

Par 4

This opening par 4 is a slight dogleg right and requires a tee shot short or right of the bunkers at the end of the fairway. The approach shot into the green is guarded by a front left bunker, desert landscape short right, and trouble if you go long.

(Runtime 0:23) 422 Yards

Two

Par 4

The tee offers a breathtaking panorama that stretches across the Sonoran Desert into Mexico. Bring your camera, you’ll want to remember this!

(Runtime 0:23) 347 Yards

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Three

Par 3

At the highest point on the golf course sits Ventana Canyon’s signature third hole. One of the most photographed holes west of the Mississippi, this short par three is tucked into the rugged rocks of the Santa Catalina mountains and plays across a canyon of cacti. The tee offers a breathtaking panorama that stretches across the Sonoran Desert into Mexico. Bring your camera, you’ll want to remember this!

(Runtime 0:21) 107 Yards

Four

Par 5

From the back tee, this magnificent par 5 is surely one of the most challenging shots on the golf course. A three-shot hole for most golfers and a generous lay-up area allow for a good chance at birdie. Although, if you place a really good drive down the middle, there is an opportunity to get home in two. But be careful of the water on the right.

(Runtime 0:32) 598 Yards

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Five

Par 4

This slightly intimidating tee shot will force you to focus on the fairway not the water. but don’t try to cut the corner too much as there is trouble in the left rough. However, you don’t want to push it too far right either. An approach shot into a narrow green guarded but knolls and bunkers, it is much better to be long than short.

(Runtime 0:32) 392 Yards

Six

Par 3

The second par of three on the front side is yet another marvelous Tom Fazio design gem. Playing slightly downhill with trouble on the left, the obvious bailout is short and right of this generous but somewhat challenging green.

(Runtime 0:27) 230 Yards

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Seven

Par 4

This lengthy par 4 is actually the number one handicapped hole. Preferred here is a well struck tee shot to the right of the fairway bunker. The approach shot into this beautifully unobstructed green is definitely inviting. But, while on the putting surface, you will once again experience the effect of the Santa Catalina Mountains.

(Runtime 0:34) 454 Yards

Eight

Par 5

This cozy but picturesque par 5 calls for yet another straight and trouble-free tee shot. The hole itself is reachable for the longer players in two. Yet options to lay-up before the waist area or just beyond set you up for a decent chance at birdie with a good short iron shot. But no matter what, this undulating green poses challenges for golfers of all levels.

(Runtime 0:36) 517 Yards

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Nine

Par 4

We close out the front nine with this delightfully splendid par 4. Keep away from the fairway bunkers on the right, though, as it makes it difficult to get home with your approach. When hitting into this oblong green, remember that it is best to be short.

(Runtime 0:29) 414 Yards

Ten

Par 4

We open the back nine with a beautiful short dogleg right par 4. The tee shot over the pristine desert preserve does not always require the driver, but a smartly placed ball in the fairway is key to making par on this hole. The approach shot is slightly downhill to a green that runs away from the player. It is advisable to play up to this green and let the mountain effect take its course.

(Runtime 0:36) 353 Yards

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Eleven

Par 4

This lengthy par 4 gives you one option: take out your driver and hit everything you have. And if you place your tee shot straight down the middle of this generous fairway, you leave yourself with an opportunity to negotiate the just slightly left to right green. Once on the putting surface, make sure to pay attention to the peaks of Ventana Canyon to really show you the line.

(Runtime 0:35) 445 Yards

Twelve

Par 5

This spectacular straightaway par 5 is truly a Tom Fazio work of art. But your focus should be on the green grass of this long fairway. With bunkers along the left and a desert wash to the right, it is imperative to keep the ball as straight as possible. And it should be noted that even the long hitters tend to bow to the fact that it is three to get home.

(Runtime 0:25) 548 Yards

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Thirteen

Par 4

This short par 4 is a pure risk/reward shot from the tee box. But don’t let the distance fool you. With strategically placed fairway bunkers, a hazardous green-side bunker, and a three-tiered green, par is still a great score.

(Runtime 0:19) 292 Yards

Fourteen

Par 3

This uphill par 3 with desert right requires one thought only: keep your tee shot to the left of the pin. And if you happen to bank it off the hillside, you get a chance to watch the mountain take you home.

(Runtime 0:18) 184 Yards

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Fifteen

Par 4

The Santa Catalina Mountains in the background are indeed breathtaking on this scenic par 4, but a long, straight tee shot will set you up with an approach over the grassy knolls to an elevated green that slopes drastically from left to right. A par 4 is a good score.

(Runtime 0:27) 435 Yards

Sixteen

Par 3

This delightful par 3 plays down into the valley. Though not a long hole, you must be sure to cover the desert, but don’t overshoot the green. If you find yourself in the back bunkers, then par becomes a difficult score.

(Runtime 0:24) 169 Yards

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Seventeen

Par 4

The tee offers a breathtaking panorama that stretches across the Sonoran Desert into Mexico. Bring your camera, you’ll want to remember this!

(Runtime 0:34) 403 Yards

Eighteen

Par 5

It’s camera time on this long, downhill par 5. With an elevated tee box, this is truly one of the most beautiful views on the golf course. An accurate tee shot is imperative here. When you make your approach, be careful of the long, green-side bunker on the right. Indeed, a spectacular finishing the hole to end your day in Ventana Canyon.

(Runtime 0:29) 589 Yards