Green Valley's biggest gem at Torres Blancas
GREEN VALLEY, Az. - Twenty miles south of Tucson lies Green Valley, a golfer's paradise. Well-known for primo golfing at prices cheaper than that of Tucson Municipal Courses, Green Valley has Las Vegas-type entertainment at Branson, Missouri, prices.
The Torres Blancas Golf Club at Rita Springs in Green Valley claims to have the nicest greens and fairways in Southern Arizona.
The pinnacle of the Torres Blancas Golf Club is the monster 17th , a par-4 hole that measures out at an ungodly 484 yards from the back tees. Water stretches from about the 181-yard mark to the green on the right side. The left side of the fairway is left wide open.
Good luck trying to get the ball on the green in two strokes, according to Torres Blancas golf pro Kortney Krueger.
Depending on how hard the wind is blowing, the hole can become either a welcome challenge or an insurmountable giant.
"Into the wind, it's absolutely not reachable in two strokes," Krueger said. "On some days, it can be reachable with a long iron shot following a drive."
If you can get near it in two, a soft pitch should get you close enough to finish the hole. That is, if you can handle the green itself.
The greens are 30 feet by 30 feet, larger in comparison to other local courses. The greens at Torres Blancas are best described by Krueger, who describes it as "shallow".
In its fifth season of play, Torres Blancas is prospering as one of Green Valley's prime courses. The Lee-Trevino designed course is a regulation par 72 and 6,894 yards long.
The Bermuda grass greens and fairways ensure year-long greenery.
"We have the best shape in town," Krueger said. "Even during the winter, we have the nicest greens and fairways in Southern Arizona."
Not to mention the fact that the course in inexpensive.
During the off-season, the fees drop from 57 to 38 dollars for 18 holes.
Krueger, who jokingly offered to buy or trade for University of Arizona/Michigan State tickets, also gives instructions from the course.