Arizona course undergoing summer enhancements

Arizona course undergoing summer enhancements

SunRidge Canyon Golf Club will reopen Sept. 29 with fewer bunkers, wider fairways.

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August 3, 2017
Construction Course News
SunRidge Canyon (Ariz.) Golf Club is in the midst of a golf course enhancement project and will reopen on Saturday, Sept. 29. Following a greens improvement project during the summer of 2015 and numerous course and facility enhancements during the summer of 2016, this year’s improvements include:

--The removal of bunkers on Nos. 1, 4, 7, 9, 10, 12 and 18 to make for better playability and pace of play
--With bunkers removed, crews have added more than 45,000 square-feet of turf, widening fairways and landing areas
--Levelling of tee boxes, with a focus on the par three tee boxes
--Expansion of tees on the 8th hole
--Desert brush removal throughout the property

Crews will perform multiple aerifications and will be verticutting in August. Greens and fairways will also be topdressed, which will further improve playing surfaces. The course will be overseeded in September, creating excellent playing conditions when the course reopens. When the newly overseeded course reopens, golf carts will be permitted to drive in the rough.

Summer 2016 enhancements included the removal of several fairway bunkers to expand the fairways on Nos. 2 and 15; construction of a new bridge and wash pass ways on No. 11 for cart traffic and pace of play; new tee box construction on Nos. 11 and 18; desert brush removal throughout the property; a makeover of the men’s and women’s locker rooms in the clubhouse; and a new Club Car golf cart fleet.  

Summer 2015 renovations included resurfacing all putting greens with Champion Bermudagrass; modifying and softening of green undulations to allow for faster green speeds; the expansion of putting surfaces; the redesign of bunkers on five holes; and the expansion of landing areas on three holes.

"We continue to find ways to improve and enhance the overall experience here at SunRidge Canyon,” SunRidge Canyon director of operations Kris Starr said. “This year’s enhancements are focusing on improving playability and pace of play by removing a number of bunkers as well as levelling and expanding tee boxes. We continue to be committed to making SunRidge Canyon one of the finest golf, instruction and dining experiences in the Southwest.”