Great Tucson Golf At El Rio Golf Course Call 520 – 791 – 4229
Tips On Tucson Golf At Historic El Rio G. C.
Tucson Golf – El Rio Golf Course is an older course that was built in the 1930’s. El Rio, as were most golf courses of that era, has narrow tree lined fairways and small greens. El Rio also has some water just to keep it interesting.
El Rio Golf Club had been a country club from its founding in the 1930’s to the early 1960’s. After some struggles, the golf course was acquired by the City of Tucson in 1968 and converted to a municipal course.
El Rio was the first course on which the Tucson Open was played in 1945 and is the ninth oldest tournament on the PGA tour. For those interested in a trip down memory lane, the Tournament was founded by Hall of Fame professional golfer, Leo Diegel.
In the early 1940’s, Diegel, then the pro at El Rio Golf Club, convinced PGA TOUR Commissioner Fred Corcoran that Tucson was big enough to support a professional tournament.
From small beginnings to the Accenture Match Play Tournament today!
El Rio’s second hole is a 450 yard – par 4 and clearly the most challenging hole on the course. A drive down the right side of the fairway opens the green for the long second shot that can be rolled on to the green. A birdie on number 2 is a great score!
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