About the Course

FEBRUARY 27 - MARCH 3, 2019
Omni Tucson National Resort Tucson, Arizona

Tucson National Catalina Course

Omni Tucson National Resort, Catalina Course

This year’s Cologuard Classic will take place on the Catalina Course of the Omni Tucson National Resort. Named after the famed Augusta National Golf Club in Georgia, it was the first golf resort established in Tucson in 1961.

Decades of Golf History

With a parkland-style layout and plenty of water hazards, this desert oasis is steeped in both history and beauty. The Catalina Course was home to the PGA Tour’s Tucson Open 30 times from 1965 through 2006. Jack Nicklaus was the touring pro when the course opened in 1963. Arnold Palmer won there in 1967, Trevino had back-to-back wins (1969-70), Johnny Miller won three consecutive times (1974-76), and Phil Mickelson earned two of his three Tucson Open wins on the course (1995-96). Hosts have included Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, and Joe Garagiola.

A Challenging Walk in the Park

The resort is located in the Sonoran Desert with the majestic Santa Catalina Mountains as a backdrop. However, the Catalina Course transports you to lush greenery with its traditional design featuring tall shade trees lining the fairways and sprinkled throughout the 7,000 yards it spans.

The eight sparkling lakes further provide a sense of refuge from the desert, while also presenting deceptive challenges for golfers of all skill levels. Many a professional has gotten tripped up by the water hazards, especially those tucked into doglegs. The 18th hole is particularly notable for the two water hazards on either side with fountains shooting into the air. A misstep here can easily lead to bogey, making or breaking a game with one stroke.

The Catalina Course also presents players with opportunities to balance risk versus reward. Numerous strategically placed bunkers are situated throughout the course, both greenside and guarding landing zones, to enhance the intricacy. Subtle elevation changes add an element of surprise to playing the course.

Competitive Course Records

Holes

Score

Player

Year

72

263 (66-69-67-61)

Johnny Miller

1975

54

196 (66-62-68)

David Duval

1998

36

128 (66-62)

David Duval

1998

18

61

Johnny Miller

1975

Quick Facts

  • PGA Tour Championship Course: Orange and Gold nines
  • Par 73 – 36 front nine, 37 back nine
  • 136 slope
  • 7,262 total yards
  • Parkland style with eight lakes and 80 bunkers
  • The 18th hole features water framing both sides of the fairway and was once considered one of the most challenging finishing holes on the PGA Tour
  • Originally designed by Robert Bruce Harris in 1961; redesigned in 1983 by Robert Van Hagge and Bruce Devlin; holes No. 7 and 8 relocated and redesigned by Tom Lehman in 2005
  • Fairways are Tifway 419 pollen-free Bermuda, overseeded with winter rye to maintain a lush surface throughout the year
  • Greens feature Champion Bermuda

Tournament Course Hole Info