With 38 courses to choose from it's always a challenge to decide where to spend the week playing. For most people visiting from the east where colder temps prevail, you may need a slight tune up before hitting the course. There's no better place in town to prepare your game for some desert golf than Fred Enke. Fred Enke offers one of the best practice areas throughout Tucson. Unless of course you're travelling to the high rent district of Ventana Canyon or The Gallery. Most courses have at least a driving range to get a clue how your hitting it that day with the long clubs, but few offer a wedge range, large chipping and pitching area with a large green and two putting greens to go along with it. The cool thing is, you have awesome views of the Catalina and the Rincon Mountain ranges, too.
As for the course, Fred Enke is one Tucson's Municipal Courses and it's the only one that offers true desert golf. Which simply means, get off the grass and you'll usually find your ball behind or inside some shrub, prickly pear cactus, or desert broom. Whatever it is, it's not a good place to be. In fact, most of locals carry a "desert club" because the desert floor is like hitting a shot off your driveway and that tends to leave a mark or three on your club. Anyhow, this course has several slight dogleg par fours that require good placement off the tee to set up short iron second shots. The par three's vary in distance, from 115 to 185 yards, each with greens that offer average size targets. As for the par fives, they offer the best green contours on the course. Which makes for some fun putts.
In the vicinity of this course you'll find a few other places of interest. Some parts of the golf course are in viewing distance of the Air Force Boneyard, where thousands of retired military aircraft cover the desert floor. In addition, Fantasy Island, mountain biking trail is within a 1/2 mile of the course, too. This is a single track riding course designed by mountain bikers for mountain bikers. Lastly, the Pima Air and Space Museum is within minutes as well.
Here's a shot of the wedge range, which has three greens that range in distance up to 115 yards. Also, a great place to catch some views of the desert wildlife, like bobcats, roadrunner, ground squirrels, and if you're really lucky a western diamondback rattlesnake.
Tucson Golf Tip: One thing to keep in mind as you play golf in here in the Sonoran Desert is that the city of Tucson is at an elevation of about 2500 feet above sea level. That means you're ball is going to travel farther than normal. How much you ask? About 5% more, or 5 more yards per 100 yards of distance. You can see as you get into your longer clubs, it will make for some club selection decisions.
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