Hotel at a Glance: Tubac Golf Resort & Spa
Tubac Golf Resort & Spa had a starring role in Kevin Costner’s 1996 movie Tin Cup, much of which was shot at the resort’s championship golf course. The property sits on the grounds of the Otero Ranch, which was established in Arizona's Santa Cruz Valley in 1789, making it the oldest Spanish land-grant ranch in the Southwest. Spread out across 500 acres, the resort offers fine dining, a heated outdoor pool, and a 4,000-square-foot spa.
- Recently built Hacienda rooms feature fireplaces, jetted tubs, and private garden patios with mountain views.
- Stables Ranch Grille puts a Southwestern twist on dishes such as bison-chorizo ragout and fried rainbow trout.
- Luxury spa treatments include the hot-stone massage and the Turquoise Sage body polish.
- Notable accolade: The property was one of two finalists for Condé Nast Traveler's award for the Most Excellent Golf Resort in 2011.
- Star-studded guest book: John Wayne, Stewart Granger, and other film actors have stayed here.
Tubac, Arizona: Art and Natural Beauty in the Santa Cruz Valley
Tubac, Arizona, has become something of a critical darling of late. Condé Nast Traveler named the town one of the "Destinations You Don't Want to Miss Out On” in 2014, and USA Today Travel praised Tubac's lush landscape in its roundup of the 10 best "Domestic Place to Escape the Cold.”
Set near mountains and rivers in the Santa Cruz Valley, Tubac has a natural beauty that artists have found especially appealing. In town, you’ll find more than 80 galleries and shops filled with handcrafted pottery and turquoise jewelry. The Tubac Center of the Arts spotlights local visual artists as well as musicians and other performers. To learn about the village’s more than 300-year history, head to the Tumacácori National Historic Park, site of one of the first Spanish missions in Arizona.