Tucson National Homes For Sale, Neighborhoods, Real Estate, And The History Of The Omni Tucson National Golf Course
July 16th, 2010 by Michael Oliver
In Tucson many Tucson AZ golf course neighborhoods and developments are available one of the most favorite and historic Tucson golf centric neighborhoods would be Tucson National. Now with the hotel and grounds being run by Omni Tucson National has lost a little of its cache over the years as other world class golf neighborhoods have entered the Tucson area, namely The Gallery, La Ventana, and La Paloma Tucson National still retains a convenient location, good prices, its high end feel, as well as a history few other golf courses in Tucson have.
What are the home options available in Tucson National?
Like anything this depends upon your budget, wants and needs. Tucson National offers a wide variety of home types and price points. On the low end of the range townhomes are available in Tucson National for sale starting in the low $200,000′s. For that price you can expect a smaller townhome. patio home with about 1200sf, 2 beds, 2baths, and possibly have golf course views from the rear. As you can imagine golf course views run a premium but that premium isn’t as high as other golf course neighborhoods/ developments in the greater Tucson area. Town houses in Tucson National go up into the low $300,000′s and for that you will get a bit more size topping out around 1800sf-2,000sf. Features and amenities will also be a little nicer as you would expect with the higher price tag attached.
Most town houses as well as single family homes within Tucson National were built from the early 1960′s until about
thew 1980′s. That being the case as a buyer you can expect burnt adobe facades, a territorial look, and large expansive lots, many situated on the side of a hill as the front portion of Tucson National homes have steep hills they sit upon. These hills make for some grand entrances, and a very high end old money Tucson feel to them.
Single Family homes start about where the townhomes leave off at about 2000sf. Although smaller homes do come on the market occasionally. With starting prices in the high $300,000′s and low $400,000′s buying a house within Tucson National is still quite a bit more expensive then the average Tucson home, yet it is in line with other highly demanded Tucson premium golf course neighborhoods/ communities.
On the high end Tucson National “Estate” Homes generally start in the $800,000′s and can easily go into the low to mid $1.5M range. For the most part the high end of Tucson National real estate offers spacious, burnt adobe home, on a large lot, pool, other high end amenities atop the hills that run through Tucson National.
If you would like additional information about homes and real estate values within Tucson National feel free to call or email me and I will be happy to discuss it with you.
Whats the history of Tucson National’s Golf Course?
This an excerpt from http://www.tucsongolfvacations.com/course-reviews/omni-tucson-national.htm
The Omni Tucson National Resort & Spa is a part golf’s rich history. It’s a traditional layout that began as a private course designed by Robert Bruce Harris. It had an curious combination of mounds and bunkers sitting away from the greens. That had to be changed. So Robert von Hagge and Bruce Devlin were called in to correct the boo-boo and another nine holes was also added.
“It was so interesting watching this golf course grow from day one,” Klewin said. “The first superintendent dragged the dirt fairways eight times before he was satisfied that it was perfect. And he told me that 25 years into the future golfers would be able to ride carts in the fairways without any bumps and that it would be as smooth as riding on the cart paths.
“During construction we actually leveled everything. All the vegetation was removed except for some select cacti and saguaros and we started from scratch. All the trees you see out there were planted after the bulldozers went through. Today, with all the environmental concerns, that just isn’t done anymore,” Klewin said.
The Omni Tucson National opened on January 3, 1963, 128 days after it had been seeded.
“I like the new target-styled desert courses,” Klewin opined, “but I think in many cases the new courses start with a lake on left or right or a trap and pretty much are the same. So when you come to Tucson National it’s like a midwestern traditional course and a big change from what’s being built today.”
Today the year-round golf destination has 232 acres of mature trees and stunning views of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The pros play the Orange/Golf combination, at par-72, 7,148 yards in length.
The Green Course, added in 1982, features hilly-elevation changes and some challenging uphill and downhill shot opportunities not typically found in Tucson. The newer nine, which measures 3,222 yards at par 36, offers stunning views of the surrounding Sonoran Desert and features tough bunkering and elongated fairways.
No. 18 during the PGA event or No. 9 on the Gold Course is a classic. This par-4, 465-yard test has a small landing area
with water on both sides. In the 1960s Palmer made a 7 here to lose the tournament. It’s one of those holes that no lead is safe when the Tucson Open leader comes to the tee trying to hold a lead.
The tee shot is somewhat blind and normally leaves a mid to long iron to a well-protected, elevated green. Even if you have found the fairway on your first shot, missing the approach will usually lead to bogey or worse. It’s consistently ranked one of the toughest holes on the PGA Tour.
The Orange Course’s No. 8 is another challenge. It’s a par-5 at 524 yards with fairway bunkers and tall pine trees on the right. If you don’t carry your tee shot far enough, you will face a second shot that’s blind.
You might do a double-take when you stand on the tee of the Green Course’s 500-yard No. 6, which goes steeping uphill. Just keep it in play and you might have a chance to score well.
Today, the Touchstone Energy Tucson Open is the ninth oldest tournament on the PGA Tour. It was first staged January 19-21, 1945, at El Rio Golf Club, and it has endured 12 names changes over the years including such monikers as Dean Martin and Joe Garagiola.
In 1986, Tucson National opened to the public after operating for nearly a quarter century as one of Tucson’s finest private clubs. That “private club” association really never really left Tucson National.
Tucson National’s fairways feature Tifway 419 pollen-free Bermuda and the new greens are Champion Bermuda. There are 10 lakes and 188 strategically-placed steep-pitched sand bunkers. The club sponsors year-round golf clinics and individual instruction provided by resident professionals and the John Jacob’s School of Golf.