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JW Marriott Tucson Starr Pass Resort & Spa

Getting To Know: JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa

An Insightful Interview With Todd Howard, Director of Golf

By Brian Weis

Whether you have played a course 20+ times a year or looking to play the course for the first time, insights from an insider can help enhance your golf experience. Below is an interview with Todd Howard who shares some valuable tidbits about the course, memorable holes and must eats and treats at the 19th.

Give Our Readers An Overview of the Golf Course/Property
Starr Pass offers 27 championship holes of Arnold Palmer Signature Design. Each nine offers a fair test to golfers of all abilities. Your golf experience will be enhanced with the vast wildlife and picturesque views of the Sonoran Desert and the City of Tucson. As the only course in Southern Arizona that is Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program Member, we truly care of our natural resources and protect the environment. In the foothills of the Tucson Mountains, Rattler, Roadrunner, and Coyote provide dramatic elevation changes and an enjoyable setting for golf that will be remembered for years to come. Starr Pass played host to the PGA Tour's Tucson Open from 1987 to 1996.

If Someone Was Looking To Golf In The Area, Why Should They Play Your Course?
We provide outstanding golf course conditions along with high level of customer service.

What Tips or Local Knowledge Would You Provide To Help Them Score Better At Your Course?
When playing golf here at Starr Pass the golf ball has a tendency to break towards the city.

Must Have Dish or Drink after the round at the 19th Hole?
Catalina BBQ offers outstanding Southwest BBQ and great drinks.

Back Tee Stats
Par: 72
Yardage: 6707
Slope: 142
Rating: 71.7

More Information
JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa
3645 W. Starr Pass Blvd
Tucson, AZ, 85745

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About: Brian Weis

Brian Weis Brian Weis is the Publisher of, a network of golf travel and directory sites including,,,, etc. Professionally, Brian is a member of the Golf Writers Association of America (GWAA), International Network of Golf (ING), Golf Travel Writers of America (GTWA), International Golf Travel Writers Association (IGTWA) and The Society of Hickory Golfers (SoHG). In 2016, Brian won The Shaheen Cup, an award given to a golf travel writer by his peers.

All of his life, Brian has been around the game of golf. As a youngster, Brian competed at all levels in junior and high school golf. Brian had a zero chance for a college golf scholarship, so he worked on the grounds crew at West Bend Country Club to pay for his University of Wisconsin education. In his adult years, his passion for the game collided with his entrepreneurial spirit and in 2004 launched In 2007, the idea for a network of local golf directory sites formed and was born. Today, the network consists of a site in all 50 states supported by national sites like, and It is an understatement to say, Brian is passionate about promoting golf and golf travel on a local, regional, national and international level.

On the golf course, Brian is known as a fierce weekend warrior that fluctuates between a 5-9 handicap. With a soft fade, known as "The Weis Slice", and booming 300+ drives, he can blast it out of bounds with the best of them.

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