As part of a multi-phase improvement project, the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club will temporarily close its Adobe golf course and driving range in August and September to begin preparations for a summer 2023 course renovation led by the Lehman Design Group. The Adobe course will reopen for play in October following overseeding.
The club’s Links golf course will remain open for play in August and September, as will the golf shop and Adobe Restaurant.
The Adobe Course, one of the state’s more historic golf courses, originally opened for play in 1929 and is a William Bell design. The summer 2023 renovation project will infuse modern golf course design and water conservation technology so that golfers can continue to enjoy the course for another century. During the 2023 renovation, crews will install a new, more efficient irrigation system and plant new drought tolerant TifTuf Bermudagrass throughout the course. In addition, green complexes will be renovated, tee boxes will be leveled, and bunkers will be rebuilt incorporating a technically advanced drainage and liner system featuring Capillary Concrete. This new generation-lining method increases the speed at which water flows through the bunker, minimizing washouts, reducing maintenance and producing superior playability.
Throughout the renovation, the general routing and par (71) of the golf course will remain the same and the Adobe’s famous parkland setting will be preserved.
Scottsdale resident Tom Lehman, a five-time PGA TOUR champion and 1996 Open Championship winner, is overseeing the Adobe course renovations. August and September 2022 work will include soil prep, dethatching of the course and removal of the old Bermudagrass.
“The work we do in August and September will put us in a great position for next summer’s course renovation,” said Cameron Kaplan, JDM Partners’ director of golf assets and marketing. “With crews currently working on the golf shop building and prep work set to begin on the Adobe course, it’s an exciting time.”
The Adobe course renovation is part of the club’s multi-phase renovation and improvement project that began in April. The historic investment by the club’s ownership group, JDM Partners, follows consultation with neighbors, community stakeholders, the city of Phoenix and industry experts. Crews began the first phase in April, which includes a new golf shop and member facilities (located in one building) and underground cart storage.
The next phase of clubhouse improvements is expected to begin later this year and will include a new clubhouse and restaurant, replacing the existing event tent and clubhouse, which includes The Adobe Restaurant. This will also bring additional on-site parking and landscaping improvements.
The Arizona Biltmore Golf Club is located in the shadow of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The 36-hole golf facility includes the Adobe and Links course. The Adobe’s lush fairways and spacious layout are a reminder of the way the game was meant to be played. The Links course has earned the respect of golfers as one of Arizona’s premier golf courses. Rolling fairways lined with pines meander through some of the more stunning homes in Phoenix.