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Not All Home Inspectors Are Created Equal

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley AZ Expert

After months of scouring various websites to find homes for sale in Green Valley, AZ, and countless hours spent with your Real Estate Agent, you've finally signed a purhase contract and it has been accepted by the Seller.  You may be thinking, it is finally time to celebrate making a great deal on the home of your dreams.

Before you get too excited, make sure your home is as good as it looks from your viewpoint.  Hire a professional...and, not just any professional to perform a comprehensive Home Inspection.   So how do you know if you are hiring the right Home Inspector? 

Take the time to read "10 Questions Buyers Should Ask Home Inspectors" that appeared in Realtor.org. 

The inspection period is a critical component of the home buying process and a well qualified Home Inspector can make the difference between feeling as happy as you felt the day your contract was accepted when you finally move into your new home or feeling like you've make a huge mistake on the biggest investment most people ever make. 

Remember, not all Home Inspectors are created equal so do your homework and choose wisely. 

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Green Valley AZ Golf Courses

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley Real Estate Expert

Green Valley Arizona Golf Courses

Imagine stepping out of your front door in Green Valley, Arizona and being able to play golf year -round.  Known as the "golf capital", Green Valley, Arizona has 8 golf courses just minutes from anywhere in Green Valley and 2 others that are a short distance away.  Best of all 7 of the 10 are open to the public and all offer incredible deals on green fees during the off season.

So pick up your clubs and head out to one of these great courses (listed in alphabetical order): 

 

 Canoa Hills Golf Club Green Valley Arizona, Canoa Hills Golf,  Retirement Community, Homes, Recreation Center

Canoa Hills Golf Club has been a Southern Arizona favorite since it opened in 1984.  Nestled in the shallow ravines and rolling hills of the Santa Cruz River Valley, Canoa Hills Golf Club is a challenging yet inviting 6,610-yard Dave Bennett design that takes full advantage of its natural setting. An 18-hole public golf course, its large bent-grass greens are very receptive to approach shots making correct club selection critical.  With accurate shots producing the best results, generous lay-up areas make the golf course very playable for all abilities.  At this course there is a premium placed on accuracy, not distance and missing a fairway may result in prickly encounter with a cacuts.  Experience for yourself the breathtaking beauty of this golf course that offers some of the purest greens around.  .

Canoa Hills Golf Club is known for its year-round tournament condition, and prides itself as having one of the best-maintained courses in Arizona. Canoa Hills Golf Club, affiliated with of the Wildcat Trail golf group, is open seven days a week and accepts reservations two days in advance.

Canoa Hills Golf Club 

Type: Public

Address: 1401 W Calle Urbano

Green Valley Arizona 85614

Reservations: (520 ) 648-1880 Or Book On-Line:

http://www.canoahillsgolfclub.com/layout9.asp?id=24&page=639

Holes: 18

Yardage: Championship 6,610/ Regular 6,088/ Forward 5,158

Par: Championship 72/72

Ratings: Championship 70.8/Regular 68.5/Forward 68.5

Facilities: Pro Shop, Practice Range, Quail Grill


Canoa Ranch Golf Club Green Valley Arizona Canoa Ranch Golf  Course

Canoa Ranch Golf Club was named as one of Golf Digest's "New Favorites" in Arizona in March of 2006. This course is a great example of how the Southwestern desert can be transformed into a golfer's paradise without destroying the beauty of the surrounding native land. Canoa Ranch boasts dramatic elevation changes, strategic bunkering and spectacular views of Elephant Head. From the panoramic views of Elephant Head to the beauty of the Sonoran desert, a round of golf at the Green Valley, Canoa Ranch is an enjoyable, and memorable experience.  Be sure to take the time to dine at Grill on the Green, for a tasty dining experience.

Canoa Ranch Golf Club

Type: Public

Address: 

5800 S Camino del Sol

Green Valley Arizona 85622

Reservations: (520) 393-1966 Or Book On-Line:

https://bookteetimes.ezlinks.com/TeeTimeSearch.asp?1=canoaranchgolfclub

Holes: 18

Yardage:  4,500 to 7,013 yards

Par: 70

Facilities: Pro Shop, Practice Range, Grill on the Green

 

Country Club of Green Valley


The Country Club of Green Valley is a private full-service member-owned club that offers a number of  different membership options. All memberships are subject to monthly dues and captial assessments when necessary and have  reciprocal privileges with hundreds of other privates clubs across the Country.   

This well-maintained all seasons golf course is deceptively challenging so plan  on using every club in your bag!  Each manicured green is protected by well-placed bunkers. Water hazards come into play on six out of the 18 Holes and there are five sets of tees ranging from 4,809 Yards to 6,628 Yards.

The Country Club Of Green Valley also offers one of the finest practice facilities in Southern Arizona. There are chipping, putting, driving and bunker areas provided to tune up your game. Best of all unlimited free practice balls are included with membership.

After a day on the golf course you will want to check out the Lavender Restaurant & Lounge, which offers both a formal and casual food service.  Chef Frederic Lange is a Master French Chef.  He is the only Master French Chef in Arizona.  The Chef will work with you on special
menus to meet your needs of a special event, anniversary party, etc.  He prepares every meal to the highest standard possible. Come and enjoy his wonderful food for an experience you will never forget.

Country Club of Green Valley

Type: PRIVATE

Address: 

77 Paseo de Golf

Green Valley Arizona 85614

 

Holes: 18

Yardage:  Five sets of tees ranging from 4,809 yards to 6,628 yards

Par: Championship 72

Facilities: Pro shop, Range, Lavender Lounge & Restaurant (open to public)

 

Desert Hills Golf Club Green Valley CC Trees

The Desert Hills Golf Club is an equity based, privately owned and operated club by an elected Board of Directors.  Members are convinced that Desert Hills Golf Club is the best-designed and maintained golf course in the area with a layout that is well suited to golfers at all skill levels.  Membership is limited to allow ample playing time for all member golfers. . The golf course and club house are maintained and operated for the benefit of the members and their guests. The course consists of 120 acres, including 3 lakes covering 6 acres. Fairways and rough are Bermuda #419 Tifway Hybrid. Greens are now Tifdwarf Bermuda, and are considered the best in the area.

Desert Hills Golf Club

Type: PRIVATE

Address: 

2500 S Circulo de Las Lomas

Green Valley Arizona 85622

Holes: 18

Yardage:  Championship 6,387

Par:  Championship 72

Facilities: Pro Shop, Practice Range, Food/Lounge

 

 Esplendor Resort At Rio Rico  

The golf course at Esplendor in Rio Rico Resort and Country is a Robert Trent Jones Sr. designed par-72 championship course that is rated as one of the Top 25 Pulic Courses in the State of Arizona.  This golf course is a classic with gently rolling fairways and large greens providing a beautiful yet challenging experience for even the most accomplished golfer.  Fairways are lined with huge pine and mesquite trees requiring golfers to shape their shots.  The fairways are tee to green and as such high handicapper friendly, yet challenging enough to entice the more serious player and longer hitter.  Located approximately 40 minutes south of Green Valley Arizona, Rio Rico--just a short 10 minute drive from the Arizona/Mexico border should you decide to take in the rich cultural heritage offered by our neighbors to the South. 

The Resort’s popular "Play A Round" package includes 18 holes of golf, room accommodations - call for specific package pricing.

 Esplendor Resort At Rio Rico  

Type: Public

Address:  

1069 Camino Caralampi

Rico Rico, Arizona  85648

Reservations: (520) 281-8567 Or Book On-Line:

https://bookteetimes.ezlinks.com/TeeTimeSearch.asp?1=esplendorresort& 

Holes: 18

Yardage:  Championship 7,119/Regular 6,426/Forward 5,674

Par: Championship 72/72

Facilities:  Esplendor Resort & Spa, Dining & Nightlife, Pro Shop, Range 

 

Haven Public Golf Course


If you like the chance to get out and walk while playing a round of golf, then Haven Golf Course is the one for you...it is Green Valley's only "walking allowed" golf course. Established in 1967 and located just east of I-19 in the heart of Green Valley, the Haven Golf Course is ideal for players of all skill levels. The golf course runs along the western banks of the Santa Cruz River, is traditional in design with Bermuda grass throughout. You'll love the mature landscaping that features large pine, eucallytus and palm trees with initing water on many of the holes.  Open dawn to dusk, the course is the oldest in Green Valley and has beautiful wide fairways.  The "19th" Hole features a wrap around enclosed porch offering golfers unobstructed views of the Santa Rita Mountains. Also part of the Haven Golf Course is the Tortuga Golf Course, a par 3 - 9 holes of play. It’s flat and well marked for yardage (100, 150 and 200 yards out). It plays 6,849 yards from the back tees, 6,336 yards from the regular tees and 5,811 yards from the forward tees.

Haven Public Golf Course

Type: Public

Address:  

110 N Abrego Drive

Green Valley Arizona 85614

Reservations: (520) 625-4281

 Holes: 18

Yardage:  Blue 71.0/121 White 69.2 Yellow 68.1/114 Red 70.6/123

Facilities:  Pro Shop, Range, Food

 

 

Quail Creek Golf Course

Green Valley Arizona,  Quail Creek Driving Range, golf course homes, luxury homes, custom  homes, real estate, golf course membership, retirement in ArizonaWhile membership to the Quail Creek Golf Course is limited to homeowners,  non-residents can play on 27 holes of championship golf on designated days.  Winding through the high Sonoran desert terrain with the Santa Rita Mountains providing a panoramic backdrop, Quail Creek's championship golf is framed by an inspiring southwestern setting, and makes every round memorable for all levels of players, even beginners!  Located directly behind the Quail Creek/Coyote 9th hole is the Pro Shop and Grill.  The fully stocked pro shop has all the latest golf fashions and league information.  The Quail Creek Grill features a casual and friendly atmosphere, great food & drinks to be shared with friends after a round of golf. 

Quail Creek Golf Course

Type: Semi-Private

Address: 

2010 Quail Crossing Blvd

Green Valley Arizona 85614  

Reservations:   (520) 625-0133

 Holes: 27

Yardage:  Championship /Regular /Forward

Par:  Championship

Facilities:  Pro Shop, Range, Quail Creek Grill

 

San Ignacio Golf Club

Green Valley AZ San Ignacio Golf Course

The San Ignacio Golf Club, sits nestled between the Santa Rita and Tumacacori mountain ranges at 3,000 feet elevation, providing for a spectacular and challenging desert-golf destination. The course’s beauty is further enhanced by Santa Catalina and Rincon mountains, which rise in the distance, giving players even more breathtaking views as they wind their way around the tranquil tract of holes. When Arthur Hills sculpted the course into the area’s natural canyons, he was able to utilize the existing topography and create dramatic elevation changes throughout the layout. Each fairway is defined by the natural landscape and abundance of mesquite trees giving each hole a feeling of privacy. As the fairways make their way up to multi-tiered greens, your view will open up to some of the best putting surfaces in southern Arizona. Strategic pin placement on the multi-tiered greens gives players a different experience every time they tee it up at San Ignacio.  Part of the Wildcat Trail golf network.

San Ignacio Golf Club

Type: Public

Address: 

4201 S Camino del Sol

Green Valley Arizona 85622

Reservations:  (520) 648-3468

 Holes: 18

Yardage:  Professional 6,704/Championship 6,288/Regular 5,865/Forward 5,200

Par: Championship 71/72

Facilities: Pro Shop, Range, Coyote Grill 

  

Torres Blancas Golf Club 

Torres Blancas Golf Club, is nestled in the Santa Cruz River Valley at the foot of the beautiful Santa Rita Mountains. This golfing adventure offers a championship course designed by Lee Trevino, Ocampo and Fernandez. Torres Blancas meanders through charming neighborhoods and breathtaking desert scenery. The par 72 course comes with 3 lakes, numerous sand traps and generous, undulating greens. Four sets of tees offer a challenge to golfers of all abilities with a maximum yardage of 6997 from the tournament tees and 5200 yards from the forward tees.This links style golf course offers championship play for the enthusiastic golfer of all abilities.  Adjoining restaurant is part of the Metro Restaurant Group offers a full wine list and bar.

Torres Blancas Golf Club

Type: Public

Address: 

3233 S Abrego Drive

Green Valley Arizona 85614

Reservations: (520) 625-5200 Or Book On-Line:

https://bookteetimes.ezlinks.com/TeeTimeSearch.asp?1=torresblancasgolf&

Holes: 18

Yardage:  Championship 6,894/Regular 6,371/Forward 5,951

Par:  Championship: 72/72

Facilities: Pro Shop, Practice Range


Tubac Golf Resort

Tubac Golf Resort & Spa is Located approximately 20 minutes south of Green Valley Arizona, in one of the oldest European settlements in Arizona--Tubac.  Tubac Golf Resort & Spa's 27 hole championship course makes it the perfect Arizona golf resort. Designed in 1959 by renowned golf course architect Robert "Red" Lawrence, the original 18 hole course stood as the most desirable in the Southwest, and was where many of the scenes of Kevin Costner's 1996 golf movie Tin Cup was filmed.

In the fall of 2006 local golf course architect Ken Kavanaugh added nine new holes, significantly enhancing the preexisting cottonwood treed and lushly verdant layout. Featuring the most challenging fairways set against the breakthtakingly beautiful Arizona skyline, this championship course allows golfers to hone their skills at the professional level.

You'll want to make a day and night out of this scenic golfing excursion as there is plenty to do in the thriving Tubac village and so many restaurants to choose from, not to mention a full service spa for taking the kinks out after a round of golf. 

Tubac Golf Resort 

Type: Public

Address: 

1 Ortero Road

Tubac Arizona 85646

Reservations: (520)398-2211  Or Book On-Line:

https://bookteetimes.ezlinks.com/TeeTimeSearch.asp?1=tubacgolfresort&

Holes: 27

Yardage:  Championship 6,839/Regular 5,475

Par:  Championship 71/71

Facilities: Pro Shop, Practice Range, Lodging, Spa Facilities, Restaurants/Lounges

The Busy Watering Hole At Judi's Home

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley Real Estate Expert

A quiet day at home on a Sunday...but one of my 3 watering holes with temperatures rising today has been anything but..

Green Valley, AZ May 2010 Real Estate Statistics

by Judi Monday, Your Green Valley Real Estate Expert

On a year to year comparison, sales remained strong in the month of May, with 84 closed transactions as compared to 66 in May of 2009.  However sales did their traditional seasonal dip this month with a 50% drop from 127 closed transations in April 2010.  The average sales price continues to trail last year at $162, 135 YD in 2010 as compared to $185,243 YTD in 2009. 

On a somewhat positive note there were 794 Active Listings in the Green Valley area at the end of May 2010 as compared to 856 at the end of May 2009.   Average list price remained dipped slightly to $248,779 as compared to  $253,239 in April.

The breakdown for the active residential listings as of May 31, 2010 were as follows:

GREEN VALLEY

(includes Quail Creek & surrounding subdivisions)

609

SAHUARITA

(includes subdivisions N of Duval Mine Road & Duval Mine Rd.

  78

AREAS S & SE & SW OF GREEN VALLEY

(includes Elephant Head, Amado, Aravaca, Montana Vista & Lakewood)

  20

AREAS N & NE & NW OF SAHUARITA

(includes Vail, Curley, Horn Ranch, Ocotillo Ranch, etc)

    2

TUBAC & TUMACACORI

 

  58
TUCSON     1
RIO RICO   23

OTHER

(includes Nogales, etc)

    3
   

There were 84 homes sold in May 2010, up from 112 in March. The breakdown by area for those sales were as follows:

GREEN VALLEY                                                70
SAHUARITA   8
TUBAC   4
VAIL, NOGALES, RIO RICO, ARIVACA/AMADO   2

Following is the 2009 to 2010 year-to-date comparison for the time period of January 1 through May 31, 2010:

  2009 2010
Houses Sold 362 448
Days On Market 166 171
Average Selling Price $185,243 $162,135
Median Price $161,500 $150,000

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