Staples Golf Design to oversee project at Arizona course

Staples Golf Design to oversee project at Arizona course

Work at FireRock Country Club begins May 13.

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April 2, 2019

Andy Staples, owner and principal architect of Staples Golf Design, has been selected as the consulting course architect for FireRock Country Club in Fountain Hills, Ariz., whose members overwhelmingly approved a multimillion-dollar golf course enhancement project that will take place this summer. The 430-member club will close the golf course May 13 to undergo this exciting project aimed at refining and revitalizing the 19-year-old, Gary Panks-designed golf course.
 
“This is an incredible opportunity for me,” Staples said. “When I first walked onto the property, I was struck by the dramatic nature of the site, and the quality routing. My plan is to bring out the best of the site by instilling a more strategic, natural style of bunkering, filled with drama for every level of player.  We’ll also look to the future by finding ways to make the Club’s operation much more sustainable.”
Course enhancements will include:
  • Bunkers will be renovated and some will be eliminated or relocated
  • Fairways, rough and tee boxes will be re-grassed using Celebration Bermudagrass
  • Green surrounds, and approaches will be refined to create more options for hole locations (without changing the contours of the greens)
  • All existing tee boxes will be rebuilt and additional tees will be added, including a significant number of new forward/family tees.
“All of the course improvements are focused on building upon the great course that exists today. The changes will provide our members with better playing conditions in this amazing setting that fits so naturally within the elevation changes and desert scenery of FireRock,” general manager Tim Geesey said. “The membership support that we received is a significant statement about the position of our Club just a few years after transitioning from the original developer.”
 
Planning for the course is currently well underway, as Staples will work closely with superintendent Craig Werline and other key staff and club stakeholders. FireRock will also continue to make improvements in and around the clubhouse to further enhance the experience for the members.