Arizona National is a desert facility designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The course is situated in the foothills of Tucson's Santa Catalina Mountains, and its diverse 6,776-yard, par 71 layout provides classic golf in the desert challenges as well as some of the most spectacular scenery of any golf facility in the Southwest. The endless beauty of a panoramic mountain vista scene, forest of giant saguaros, nine natural springs, spectacular city views, and magnificent desert vegetation makes Arizona national an unparalleled golf experience.
At Arizona National the beauty doesn't stop on the golf course. The state-of-the-art facility is equipped with all of the necessary amenities needed to perfect the Arizona golfer's experience. A learning and performance center, and a restaurant with indoor and lake-view patio dining add to the experience of Wildcat golf.
An exceptional practice facility is also one of the features included. It is located on the south end of the driving range and is strictly for the Arizona golf teams. It includes a range, practice putting greens and a chipping green. The team also has access to the teaching center that is equipped with the latest video equipment.
According to Golf World magazines, Arizona National "is what desert golf should be." Similarly, Golf Magazine's Brian McCallen said of the facility, "it may be one of the best desert courses ever built."
On June 12, 2002 I.R.I Golf Group CEO Jeff Silverstein announced the purchase of The Raven Golf Course at Sabino Springs and an enhanced partnership with Arizona Athletics. As part of the deal, the facility was renamed Arizona National Golf Club at Sabino Springs. As part of the Arizona National facility, I.R.I Golf Group completed a multi-million dollar capital improvement project, including a clubhouse renovation, practice facility and a Wildcat Wall of Fame.
The course is host to the several tournaments through the collegiate season including the men's PING/Arizona Intercollegiate and past women's Wildcats Invitational home events.
- Rated #5 in the world for customer service by Golf Digest in May of 1998
- Top 10 Best New Courses-Golf Digest
- Top 10 Best New Places to Play-Golf Magazine
- Top 5 Courses in Arizona-Arizona Republic
- #18 Hole at Raven Golf Club-Best Finishing Hole in Arizona-Golf Shop Operations Magazine
- "Arizona National may be one of the best desert courses ever built."-Brian McCallen, Golf Magazine