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Tubac Golf Resort and Spa

Tubac, Arizona

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Why Stay At Tubac Golf Resort and Spa

Forty minutes south of Tucson, this 98-room Mission-style resort on four acres delivers the Arizona golf experience with an added layer of historic charm.

The Scoop

The 98-room Tubac Resort, just a 40-minute drive south of Tucson, stands out in the crowded Arizona hotel scene thanks to the property's history: the site dates back to 1789, when the 500-acre Otero family hacienda (with wood-hewn ceilings, archways, and fireplaces) was built near the Tumacácori and Santa Rita mountains. Though the ranch became a resort in 1960, it retained its artsy sensibility: the 200-year-old barn was transformed into a dining room, and the family's original hacienda is still intact. The spa, set in a private building, features Southwest-inspired products (such as a rejuvenating margarita lime salt exfoliation), while Stables Ranch Grille—on the site of the original stables—offers seasonally inspired Southwest specialties including buffalo short ribs and prime rib in green chile jus. For golfers, the resort also has historic significance: it's where Kevin Costner filmed Tin Cup, which showcased the hotel's championship 27-hole golf course, designed by Red Lawrence and bordered by old-growth cottonwoods and mesquites.

Insider Tips

Each hole has four tees, which means that all skill levels can play. The most popular course? Rancho Nine, a challenging stretch where many Tin Cup scenes were filmed.

Don't miss the live music performances, ranging from soulful jazz to toe-tapping country western, at the Stables Ranch Grille on Friday and Saturday nights from 6 to 9 p.m.

Preferred Airport

Arrive at Tucson International Airport (TUC) which is approximately 43 miles away from the resort. Anticipate about 50-60 minutes of travel time.

1 Ave de Otero Road, Tubac, Arizona, United States

Hotel Features

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Property Amenities
  • 27-Hole Golf Course
  • Spa + Salon
  • Wedding Chapel
  • Fitness Center
  • Heated Pool
  • Jacuzzi
  • 2 Business Centers
  • Childcare Services
  • Tennis Court
  • Bicycle Rental
  • Boutiques
  • Gift Shop
  • ATM Machine
  • Putting Green
  • Wine Tours (4 or more guests)
In-Room Amenities
  • High-Speed Internet Access
  • Flat-Screen TVs
  • Premium Movie Channels
  • DVD Players
  • Refrigerators
  • Complimentary Newspaper
Dining & Nightlife
  • Restaurants
  • Bar + Patio
  • In-Room Dining
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Hotel Report From the editors of: Travel+Leisure

Why We Love Tubac

Tubac, 43 miles south of the Tucson airport, is a quiet, small-town retreat with plenty of open spaces for biking and hiking excursions. It has all the charms of nearby Tucson and Phoenix but none of the big-city traffic.

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Adventure Excursion Learn about the area's history with a visit to Tumacácori National Historical Park, located in the Pimería Alta (Land of the Upper Pimas), and tour the ruins of three 17th-century Spanish colonial missions: Tumacácori, Guevavi, and Calabazas.
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Where to Shop: Old Presidio Traders is the place for authentic Native American jewelry pieces. Plan to spend some extra time in the shop: Navajo artists are often on-site demonstrating silversmithing, metalwork, stamping, and stone-setting techniques. 27 Tubac Rd. 1-520-398-9333

Where to Eat: A 10-minute drive from the resort, Wisdom's Café has been serving Sonoran-style food since 1944. The menu of burritos, fish tacos, fajitas, and cheese enchiladas is offered in a adobe space accented by rooster sculptures. 1931 E. Frontage Rd., Tumacácori-Carmen.
1-520-398-2397
Dinner for two $30.

Where to Drink: Elvira's Restaurant is an icon in artsy Tubac thanks to its mix of paintings, pottery, mirrors, and sparkling stars that hang from the ceiling. There are also three-dozen-plus tequilas and cocktails such as the agave honey margarita.
2221 E. Frontage Rd., Tubac.
1 520 398-9421
Drinks for two $15.
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