Rio Rico Golf Club was designed by renowned golf course designer Robert Trent Jones, Sr. He finished construction of Rio Rico in 1971, at the height of a career that spanned nearly 70 years. Jones built or rebuilt some 400 courses in 45 states in the U.S. and 35 countries worldwide, with many of them playing host to national or international championships.
Jones made an art form of heroic architecture, institutionalizing the risk-reward shot on modern courses with his philosophy of making every hole a hard par but an easy bogey. This philosophy is never more evident than at Rio Rico. Huge bunkers and greens, strategically placed hazards, and multiple dog legs all place a premium on shot making. Jones also was obsessed with making sure the lay-out complimented and even improved the natural beauty of the land and he achieved it with Rio Rico GC. With a championship length of 7200 yards, Rio Rico has been the site of multiple PGA sponsored events.
Rio Rico Golf Club has a great heritage, and we at Sustainable Golf Management, Inc, are committed to rebuilding Rio Rico Golf Club into a course that maintains the design and challenge of a Robert Trent Jones Sr. course while respecting the environment and beauty of the Southern Arizona desert. A golf club that welcomes all players to enjoy a round of golf in a friendly welcoming environment, a modern approach to a traditional game!
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As you can see, Rio Rico Golf Club has a great heritage, and playing it will allow you to experience championship golf by one of the greatest architects in golf history. The next time you see a championship event on one of these venues, you will readily be able recognize some of the hallmark designs found at Rio Rico.