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Long-time Tucson layouts get loving renovations

Tucson’s Sheraton El Conquistador Resort & Country Club has always offered great golf, with 45 holes of championship play (more than any other southern Arizona resort).

But a new two-year $2.1 ‘tee-to-green’ enhancement of two of the historically popular layouts has made this a ‘new’ golf destination in the southwest.

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The hotel’s two 18-hole championship golf courses had a $2.1 million “tee-to-green” enhancement, the most comprehensive golf course renovation in the history of Tucson.

The new Conquistador Course (formerly the Sunset Course) was completed this past November, while the Canada (formerly the Sunrise Course) was completed in the fall.

Designed by Greg Nash and Jeff Harden some 20 years ago, the courses are traditional Arizona layouts that have been brought up to today’s golf course design standards. Nash was on hand for the renovations, which included new turf in the fairways of both layouts, the addition of more than 60 fairway bunkers that had been eliminated over the years on the original Conquistador, and the enlargement and redesign of all Conquistador greens and four on Canada.

In addition to these exciting new layouts, the the resort proper (the Country Club is seven minutes away by shuttle bus) also features a nine-hole course winding its way through the craggy foothills and a 175-foot vertical change.

In addition to the golf facilities, the resort also completed a $1 million renovation of 138 private casitas. Each of these elegantly appointed suites features new furniture, fireplaces, bedding, linens, tile, and artwork.

Located beneath the western ridge of the beautiful Santa Catalina Mountains, the Sheraton El Conquistador Resort & Country Club also has 31 lighted tennis courts, horseback riding, hiking trails, and desert mountain biking. All rooms have private patios or balconies with mountain, desert or courtyard views.