About Us

Creed of the Amateur

Tucson & Scottsdale Golf Vacations is a service-oriented corporation specializing in custom golf vacations, golf packages, golf schools, advanced tee times, tournament organization and corporate events for individuals and groups coming to Arizona from all over the world.

We believe service levels are slipping all over the country and we strive to provide the best customer service we can with an extensive knowledge of the area. Why call someone in the Midwest when you are looking to book a Tucson or Scottsdale golf vacation?

Our corporation is headquartered in Tucson, Arizona which allows us to offer the highest service levels. We understand that every vacation is different; for this reason, our vacations are custom priced for each group or individual guest. Not only do we want your business this year, we want your business every year!

We are a great choice for meeting planners. Corporate groups and large groups can be booked up to 3 years in advance. We guarantee all tee times 60-90 days in advance. We accept Visa, Mastercard, American Express and checks.

Tucson & Scottsdale Golf Vacations is owned by two former, local golf professionals, Christopher Smith and Jay Warren, who have tremendous experience with tournament operations, teaching and playing.

We are a proud member of the Better Business Bureau and the Metropolitan Tucson Convention and Visitor's Bureau.


Owner, Christopher Smith

Christopher Smith was born July 24, 1971 in Danville, IL. Although not a native he has lived in Tucson (with the exception of 6 years) since 1972.

Chris served his country in the US Navy from 1990-1994. 1991-1994 EA-6B VAQ-137 Squadron attached to CV-66 USS America Aircraft Carrier.  During his enlistment he earned numerous medals that included the Joint Meritorious Unit Commendation, Navy Unit Commendation, National Defense Service Medal, Southwest Asia Service Medal (2 bronze stars), and Kuwait Liberation Medal. He served on the USS Midway during operation Desert Storm in 1991 and operation Fiery Vigil in the evacuation of Clark Air Force Base after the explosion of Mt. Pinatubo in the Philippines.

  • 1989 Graduated from Marana High School
  • 1989 Pima Community College Golf Team
  • 1990-94 Enlisted in the US Navy 
  • 1994 Honorably Discharged
  • 1994 Pima Community College Golf Team
  • 1997 Received a BS in Elementary Education from Northern Arizona University
  • 1998 Assistant Golf Club Professional
  • 2000 Founded Tucson & Scottsdale Golf Vacations
  • 2004 Founded Mountain Vista Real Estate & Vacation Rentals
  • 2007-2013 Board member for Metropolitan Tucson Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • 2014 Licensed Realtor
What do you like the most about your job?
The game of golf and my business has given me the opportunity to meet some of the best people in the world... Most of them have not only become our customers, they became our friends. I take the greatest pride in arranging a perfect, stress free vacation and the satisfaction of knowing that the only thing our customer needs to do is----enjoy it!
Favorite Golf Course in the US?
Spyglass Hill
Favorite Golf Course outside the US?
Royal County Downs, New Castle, Northern Ireland
Golf Course Affiliation?
 
The Stone Canyon Club-----Oro Valley, AZ
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain----Marana, AZ
# of Hole in Ones?
1-----August 13, 1996
Lowest Score for 18?
63 at Marcus Golf Course-----Marcus, IA.
Most Memorable Moment in Golf?
Playing golf with my father at Pebble Beach in 2003.
Contact Information:
Chris Smith
Phone: (520) 877-7924 Ext 101
Chris@TucsonGolf.com
 
Owner, Christopher Smith

Owner, Jay Warren

Jay was born May 19, 1973 in Coldwater, MI and comes from a family of five. Tucson natives are rare and Jay is also a transplant from Winchester, VA. Jay has lived in Tucson since August of 1995. They say 10 years makes you a "native."

  • 1991 Graduated from John Handley H.S. in Winchester, VA
  • 1991-92 Hampden-Sydney College Soccer Team
  • 1991-95 Hampden-Sydney College Golf Team
  • 1991-95 Sigma Nu Fraternity
  • 1995 Graduated from Hampden-Sydney College with a B.A. in History and Spanish
  • 1996 Assistant Golf Professional at The Golf Club at Vistoso
  • 1998-00 Became Non-Member Head Professional/Director of Golf at The Golf Club at Vistoso
  • 2000 Founded Tucson Golf Vacations, LLC
  • 2004 Founded Mountain Vista Real Estate and Vacation Rentals
  • 2009 Became member of Tucson Conquistadores
  • 2012-present- Vistoso Office Park Board member
  • 2014 Licensed Realtor
  • 2014 Board member for First Tee of Tucson 3 year term
What do you like the most about your job?
Taking care of customers in a way that no other company can by providing unbeatable customer service, something that has slipped among most companies these days.

Being lucky enough to be working around the game of golf and doing what I like daily... something my parents always told me to do.

Seeing a difference in Tucson, AZ as the destination grows and becomes more and more popular. The Accenture World Match Play Championships will play a major role in boosting Tucson as a destination and will introduce more people to the beauty of the Tucson desert and mountains.

Favorite Golf Course in the US
Pebble Beach and Bandon Dunes tie
Favorite Golf Course outside the US
Royal County Down and Royal PortRush tie
# of Hole in Ones
1-----December 1, 2005 on #15 at Vistoso
Lowest Score for 18
68 at The Golf Club at Vistoso
Most Memorable Moment in Golf
My hole-in-one was pretty special and long awaited.
Golf Course Affilitation
The Golf Club at Dove Mountain----Marana, AZ
The Gallery Golf Club------Marana, AZ
Contact Information:
Jay Warren
Phone: (520) 877-7924 Ext 102
Jay@TucsonGolf.com
 
Owner, Jay Warren