JW Marriott Starr Pass Golf Club

Starr Pass Tucson Golf Club offers great teaching facilities and practice areas with putting and chipping greens, and a double-loaded driving range.

Creation of the Course

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.

Golf Instruction

Available for resort and local guests:

  • Private lessons
  • On-course playing lessons
  • Junior lessons
  • Series of lessons (buy 4; get 1 free)
  • Rates for lessons are $90 per hour and $50 per half hour lesson

Customized Golf Schools which include:

  • Instruction
  • Golf
  • Golf amenity
  • Gift certificate for merchandise

Corporate Group Clinics:

  • For 6 or more students
  • $40 per person for a 1.5-hour clinic


  • Corporate
  • Golf
  • Sport
  • Trial
  • Junior Golf
  • Fitness
  • Social
  • Resort/Spa
  • Resort/Spa Seasonal
  • Spa Fitness
  • Spa Fitness Seasonal

Green Game

We believe in protecting natural habitats and growing golf course employees into environmental stewards. Starr Pass Golf Club is a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary through the Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program for Golf Courses, an Audubon International program. Starr Pass Golf Club demonstrates a high degree of quality through environmental planning, wildlife and habitat management; outreach and education; water conservation and water quality management.
Phil Mickelson’s PGA wins at Starr Pass

Phil Mickelson’s 1991 victory at Star Pass Golf Club, which would be the first of three in the Tucson Open, resulted in Starr Pass becoming a significant part of golf history. The victory was a springboard into his professional career, as he was still an amateur and student at Arizona State University. Mickelson became the fourth golfer in PGA history to achieve this accomplishment as an amateur.


Starr Pass has the Eagle Single Rider golf car available to our mobility impaired guests for their use when using our Tucson golf course and practice facilities. Please contact the golf shop for reservations and to ensure availability.