Tucson, Arizona

Tucson is a city in Arizona’s Sonoran Desert surrounded by multiple mountain ranges, including the Santa Catalinas. Reflecting its 19th-century beginnings are the restored mansions of its El Presidio Historic District and the adobe row houses of Barrio Historico. Home to the University of Arizona, Tucson has many student-friendly vintage shops, nightclubs and restaurants on Fourth Avenue near the campus. 

Skip the Southwest stereotypes and experience the real deal in Tucson, where the Lawrence Whipple Observatory brings the planets as close as the wings of raptors whizzing past your head at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. 

From the robust colors of centuries-old frescoes at Mission San Xavier del Bac to the shining steel of a 1959 Boeing Superfortress at the Pima Air & Space Museum or the heady scent of la reina de la noche, the night-blooming Queen of the Desert at Tohono Chul Park, discover a place with as many things to do as your heart and mind can imagine. 

An array of exciting attractions await in Tucson. And the JW Marriott Starr Pass Tucson will be situated in the center of them all, visitors to this top travel destination will have plenty to do!

Starr Pass Golf Club

The Starr Pass Golf Club is located a mile from the hotel, a 27-hole Arnold Palmer Signature Golf facility with a double-loaded driving range, rejuvenating 20,000-square-foot clubhouse and top-quality golf shop. Perfect your game while admiring the backdrop of natural mountain ranges.

The Starr Pass Golf Club legend began more than 120 years ago when Richard Starr crafted a trail through the rugged wilderness of the Tucson Mountains. Today, Coyote’s sixth fairway marks this trail and has earned the honor of being the signature hole at Starr Pass.

The Starr Pass Golf Club site was personally selected by PGA Tour Commissioner Dean Beaman. When he saw the site for the first time, he was instantly inspired by the natural beauty and rugged terrain. With the help of renowned golf course designer Bob Cupp and PGA Tour professional Craig Stadler, they created a world-class TPC golf facility.

Starr Pass Golf Club hosted the annual Tucson Open between 1987 and 1996. During that time, the third (#3 Rattler) and fifth holes (#5 Rattler) were rated two of the most difficult on the PGA Tour, with the average score for 18 holes ranking among the highest on tour as well.

A true desert course, natural elements are used as hazards while showcasing majestic vistas of the Catalina Mountains. Legends such as Arnold Palmer, Phil Mickelson, Payne Stewart and Nancy Lopez have carved their way through this historic golf course.

DCS is pleased to announce a super negotiated discount rate for golf. Golf anytime from September 8th through September 16th for a unbelievable rate of only $59. This rate includes cart rental, green fees and range balls. Choose 18 holes of golf from any of the 3 beautiful nine hole courses located at the J.W. Starr Pass Resort. Come early and stay late and enjoy the Starr Pass hospitality. Rental clubs are available at a discounted rate of $49!

Please Contact the Starr Pass Pro Shop Directly at 1 520-791-6270 to book your Tee Time.

Pima Air & Space Museum
The Pima Air & Space Museum, located in Tucson, Arizona, is one of the world's largest non-government funded aerospace museums. The museum features a display of nearly 300 aircraft spread out over 80 acres on a campus occupying 127 acres. It is also, since 1991, home to the Arizona Aviation Hall of Fame. Opened to the public in May 1976 with 48 aircraft then on display, the Museum's main hangar houses an SR-71A Blackbird, an A-10 Warthog, a United States Air Force Through the Years exhibit, and a mock-up of a control tower. The museum is adjacent to Davis-Monthan Air Force Base. The 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group (AMARG), affiliated with the base, also known as the "Graveyard of Planes" or "The Boneyard", is the largest aircraft storage and preservation facilities in the world. Bus tours of the boneyard leave from the museum several times a day from Monday to Friday, except Federal holidays.

Old Tucson Studios
Old Tucson is a movie studio and theme park just west of Tucson, Arizona, adjacent to the Tucson Mountains and close to the western portion of Saguaro National Park. Built in 1939 for the movie Arizona, it has been used for the filming of several movies and television westerns since then, such as Gunfight at the O.K. Corral and Little House on the Prairie. It was opened to the public in 1960, and historical tours are offered about the movies filmed there, along with live cast entertainment featuring stunt shows and shootouts.

Saguaro National Park
Saguaro National Park has two districts. The Rincon Mountain District is located to the East of Tucson Arizona and the Tucson Mountain District is located to the West of Tucson AZ. In 1933 Saguaro National Monument was created. The Saguaro Wilderness Area of 71,400 acres was added in 1975. Saguaro National Park was created from these areas in 1994 and currently encompasses 91,327 acres in its two districts. The Eastern Rincon Mountain District rises to over 8,000 feet and includes over 128 miles of trails. The Western Tucson Mountain District is generally lower in elevation with a denser saguaro forest. Tucson hotels and Tucson resorts are generally more expensive during Tucson's winter months due to the mild temperatures. However you can generally get very good deals at Tucson resorts if you can come in the heat of the summer.

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum
The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is a 98-acre (40 ha) zoo, aquarium, botanical garden, natural history museum, publisher, and art gallery founded in 1952. Located just west of Tucson, Arizona, it features two miles (3.2 km) of walking paths traversing 21 acres (8.5 ha) of desert landscape. It is one of the most visited attractions in Southern Arizona.The nonprofit organization focuses on the interpretation of the natural history, plants and animals of the Sonoran Desert. The museum is home to more than 230 animal species and 1,200 varieties of plants. It is open every day through the year, and hosts nearly 400,000 visitors annually, including visitors from abroad.

San Xavier del Bac Mission
Mission San Xavier del Bac is a historic Spanish Catholic mission located about 10 miles (16 km) south of downtown Tucson, Arizona, on the Tohono O'odham San Xavier Indian Reservation. It was founded in 1692 by Padre Eusebio Kino and named for a pioneering Christian missionary and co-founder of the Society of Jesus (Jesuit Order), Francis Xavier. In 1700 construction began on a church at a site nearby the current Mission. It served the community until razed by Apaches in 1770.


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