Sewailo Golf Club

Golf Course Review by: Billy Satterfield

Quick Facts

Designer:  Notah Begay III in 2013

Cost:  Dynamic pricing that changes daily based upon weather, demand, availability, etc. Generally $69.00 - $161.00 (includes cart) Click for current rates

Phone Number:  (520) 838-6623

Course Website:  Official Website - Visit Sewailo's official website by clicking on the link provided.

Directions:  Get here! - 5655 West Valencia Road, Tucson, AZ 85757

Photos:  See additional photos of Sewailo

Accolades:  Troon managed facility.

What to Expect:  Sewailo is a Notah Begay III design on the Pasqua Yaqui Indian reservation located on the west side of Tucson. Without the same water restrictions that would be enforced on state regulated property, Begay was able to bring water hazards into play on the majority of holes and thus create a unique setting for the Arizona desert. The GPS golf carts help with pace of play by providing players a visual layout of each hole as well as precise yardages on every shot. The bunkering is plentiful throughout the course and is built up in a fashion that often partially blocks the view of the landing areas and creates indecision off the tee. Players that struggle to carry the ball long distances will have a brutal challenge on their hands as they will be forced to aim away from the sand and leave themselves punishing distances into greens. The course conditions were average at best but for a course this young I expect Troon to have the turf conditions in great shape as the course matures. The terrain is pretty flat and the scenery features desert in the foreground and mountains in the distance which at times is fairly attractive and at others a bit underwhelming.

Signature Hole:  18th - 390 Yard Par 4

18th Hole at Sewailo Golf Club (390 Yard Par 4)
18th Hole at Sewailo Golf Club (390 Yard Par 4)

By the Numbers:

Tees Par Yardage Rating Slope
Bear Down 72 7283 73.5 138
Ruby 72 6744 71.2 131
Ruby/Jade 72 6613 70.5 128
Jade 72 6341 69.1 124
Opal 72 5861 66.8 115
Opal/Copper (Women) 72 5408 70.4 128
Copper (Women) 72 5209 69.6 123


Individual Hole Analysis

Best Par 3:  3rd - 155 Yards

3rd Hole at Sewailo Golf Club (155 Yard Par 3)
3rd Hole at Sewailo Golf Club (155 Yard Par 3)

Best Par 4:  9th - 430 Yards

9th Hole at Sewailo Golf Club (430 Yard Par 4)
9th Hole at Sewailo Golf Club (430 Yard Par 4)

Best Par 5:  6th - 548 Yards

6th Hole at Sewailo Golf Club (548 Yard Par 5)
6th Hole at Sewailo Golf Club (548 Yard Par 5)

Birdie Time:  16th - 328 Yard Par 4

16th Hole at Sewailo Golf Club (328 Yard Par 4)
16th Hole at Sewailo Golf Club (328 Yard Par 4)

Bogey Beware:  10th - 638 Yard Par 5

10th Hole at Sewailo Golf Club (638 Yard Par 5)
10th Hole at Sewailo Golf Club (638 Yard Par 5)

Final Cut:  Sewailo didn't quite meet the expectations I had for a brand new course with a sizeable budget. While the final two holes represent an impressive pinnacle to the experience at Sewailo, the lackluster landscaping and vistas, several poorly conceived entrances into greens and landing areas, too many over built up bunkers, and a layout that will punish most golfers detract from it being a great course. With the club's revolutionary dynamic pricing that changes green fees on a daily basis, I suggest timing your visit when the green fees fit your budget comfortably rather than splurging on your round.   Grade C-

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