The Golf Club at Dove Mountain News

May 13, 2009

Legend Meets Luxury All Summer At The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain

World Championship Nicklaus Course Ready To Be Explored And Enjoyed

MARANA, Ariz.  (May 13, 2009)  – Its impressive debut on the world stage now part of golf history, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain is ready to provide guests with a chance to retrace the steps of golf’s elite.  Golfers have a limited opportunity to see and feel the same things as the top 64 players in the world did in the Accenture World Match Play Championship on the Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course.

Through September, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, welcomes non-member guests at the 27-hole luxury resort.  A round is $85 per player, with a mid-day rate of $55 (after 10 a.m.) and twilight rate of $45 (after 2 p.m.).   The club also offers a nine-hole option for $55, available throughout the day.  Fees include golf, cart and access to the practice facilities and clubhouse. 

“I visited Dove Mountain numerous times during construction, and now to see our work come to fruition, I am very pleased.  I think it's turned out spectacular.  I think the golf course has got great visual excitement,” Nicklaus said of a design he intended to be shared by friends and legends alike.  “It does make it a lot of fun.  Each year (after the tournament) golfers will have the opportunity to relate back to those players and say, ‘Hey, I saw Tiger here … he didn't get it up and down, and I did.’  Those are the kind of things that I think make the game enjoyable.”

The three distinctive nine-hole layouts offer unique challenges and distinct character, blended naturally among noble saguaros that line the surrounding Tortolita Mountain Range.  While unveiling his first golf course in the Tucson area since introducing La Paloma Country Club in 1984, Nicklaus has integrated solid strategy, variety and fair shot values on the over 7,800 yard course (from the back tees) that harmonize with the high desert elevation of 2,300 to 3,000 feet.

“I'm going to promise you, in two or three years this is going to be one of the favorite golf courses on the PGA Tour,” Nicklaus predicts.  “These guys are going to learn it how to play it and say, ‘It's a challenge, but man, I enjoy playing it.’  That's going to happen.”

Guests also can enjoy the new 50,000 square-foot clubhouse, with all of the services expected from a private luxury club.  Dining at Cayton’s, the club’s signature restaurant, which is open to the public, is an ideal complement to the golfing experience.  Named for legendary Dove Mountain homesteader and cowboy poet Eugene “Cush” Cayton, the restaurant proudly serves American comfort cuisine with a Southwestern flair.

Reservations are accepted 30 days in advance for golf at (520) 572-3500 and for Cayton’s Restaurant at (520) 572-3530, which will always remain open to the public.  Also, please visit



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