Located on the western outskirts of Tucson, Starr Pass Golf Club serves up 27 holes of visually stunning desert golf. Starr Pass Golf Club is part of the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa and features three 9-hole routings – Roadrunner, Rattler and Coyote. Robert Cupp and PGA TOUR professional Craig Stadler designed the original 18 holes in 1987. Then in 2003, Arnold Palmer was brought in to add another nine holes and refresh the previously existing 18-hole experience. Nestled against the backdrop of the Tucson Mountains, these three layouts showcase dramatic elevation changes and iconic saguaro cacti, while crisscrossing multiple desert arroyos and ravines.
Starr Pass Golf Club has a storied history as a host venue of the PGA TOUR’s annual Tucson Open from 1987 through 1996. In 1991, 20-year-old Phil Mickelson captured his first PGA TOUR win…as an amateur. He was only the fourth amateur to win a PGA TOUR event, and no one has done it since. As such the club has played host to many golf legends including Arnold Palmer, Payne Stewart, and Nancy Lopez. A Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, the club consistently demonstrates a high degree environmental stewardship throughout the property.
Starr Pass is the key amenity of the JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa, a luxury oasis that is tucked in a mountain pass, that back in the 1800s was utilized as historic stagecoach line. Starr Pass is named after Richard Starr who pioneered the stagecoach trail through the Tucson Mountains. Starr built the path in 1884, as a quick route to Quijotoa, a mining boomtown 70 miles to the southwest of Tucson.
Now is the time to “make your path” to Starr Pass.