TUBAC, Ariz. — There’s off the beaten track and then there’s off the beaten track, over the mountains and through the woods, to grandmother’s house, and hidden among the desert mesquite at the far end of nowhere.
Welcome to Tubac Golf Resort. Where, exactly, am I? Probably still in America, although my colleagues and I did have to bust through a border patrol checkpoint on I-19.
Tubac is about 40 miles south of Tucson, which is technically southern Arizona even though some folks might call it northern Mexico. I didn’t know there was 40 miles of America south of Tucson, but there is.
This is a sweet spot, possibly the epicenter of the Laid-Back-and-Chilled-Out Hall of Fame. Bing Crosby founded the Tubac Golf Resort back in 1959 when he and some pals bought land here. Now it’s a cozy and quaint 27-hole golf resort nestled in a grassy, tree-lined low spot conveniently located right off I-19. If you’re driving from Tucson and hit the Nogales border checkpoint, you’ve gone too far.
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