Casino Del Sol Resort Adds Sewailo Golf Club
By Balazs Szekely, Associate Editor
Casino Del Sol Resort invites players of all skill levels to Sewailo Golf Club starting on Dec. 12. The 200-acre course was designed by PGA Tour player, Golf Channel commentator and renowned golf course architect Notah Begay III.
Casino Del Sol Resort, among several other enterprises, is owned and operated by the federally recognized Pascua Yaqui Tribe that congregates more than 17,000 members. Located in southwest metropolitan Tucson, the property is Arizona’s only Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond Casino Resort. Casino Del Sol Resort offers six restaurants and bars, a conference center with breakout rooms, Hiapsi Spa, P.Y. Steakhouse, Oasis pool and bar, two casinos and a 5,000-seat open-air concert venue called AVA outdoor amphitheater.
The word Sewailo means “flower world” in the tribal language. More than 30,000 native flowers, cacti and other plants guarantee that the course lives up to its name. An abundance of native plants has been salvaged and replanted from the original site, mainly species that are also used in the tribe’s traditional ceremonies. Almost 14 acres of lakes, streams and water features add to the experience as well.
Begay’s careful planning that incorporates the existing resources of the native landscape resulted in one of the most remarkable courses in the Southwest. Carved out of the high Sonoran Desert, the challenging course measures 7,400 yards from the championship tees and features five different tee boxes at each hole. The course includes further amenities such as practice areas for chipping and putting, a driving range, instructional programs and equipment rentals. Troon Golf is entrusted with managing the course.
Photo Credits: Sewailo Golf Club