Popular municipal course to remain open during construction

SCOTTSDALE, Arizona – Papago Golf Club in Phoenix, Ariz. will soon undergo a four-month golf course renovation and enhancement project. The project is set to begin in June and is expected to be completed by October 2022. The golf course will remain open for play while renovation work takes place. 

Owned by the City of Phoenix and managed by Troon, Papago Golf Club’s $4 million renovation is being funded by the Arizona Community Golf Foundation (ACGF) and a private donor. ACGF President Gregg Tryhus is overseeing the project and Troon’s Senior Vice President of Golf Course Development Ron Despain is overseeing project management and design enhancements. Heritage Links and Casa Verde Golf will be executing the construction work. 

With construction of the new Arizona Golf House scheduled to begin in 2023 adjacent to 9thgreen, 18th green and Evie’s Pavilion, renovations will include moving the 9th and 18th green complexes as well as the 1st and 10th tees. The 9th green will be relocated to the edge of the existing pond, creating a risk/reward par 5, while the 18th green will be repositioned creating a new angle for golfers’ approach shots. The current 442-yard, par-4 6th hole will be lengthened as the green complex will be relocated and moved back 20 yards. 

In addition, all golf course bunkers will be rebuilt and renovated, many tee complexes will be leveled, and new cart paths will be added around tees and greens. More than 10 acres of turf will be removed throughout the course, further reducing water usage.

As noted, the golf course will remain open for play during construction with temporary greens set on the 6th, 9th and 18thholes, and temporary tees on holes 1 and 10. Papago Golf Club will close for overseeding on October 3rd and reopen, with renovations complete, on October 24th.

“The revitalization of Papago Golf Club continues with this series of upgrades and improvements,” said Papago Golf Club General Manager Daryl Crawford.  “The bunker renovations and tee leveling will be welcome improvements, while the enhancements to 9thand 18th holes will help us prepare for the new and exciting Arizona Golf House. With the course remaining open during renovations, many of our regular golfers will be able to track the progress of the enhancements.”

Named one of the “30 Best Municipal Golf Courses in America” by GOLF Magazinein 2021, Papago Golf Club is located in the heart of Papago Park, surrounded by native desert landscape, the picturesque Papago Buttes and conveniently located less than two miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. 

Originally designed by William Francis (Billy) Bell in 1963, the challenging golf course has hosted numerous events including the U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, Phoenix Open qualifying and an LPGA tournament. Papago is now home to Arizona State University’s men’s and women’s golf teams, and the teams’ state-of-the-art, indoor/outdoor practice facility, the Thunderbirds Golf Complex. 

The 2018 additions of the mid-century modern inspired Lou Grubb Clubhouse (including neighborhood hot spot, Lou’s Bar & Grill) and Evie’s Pavilion for group events have further accentuated Papago’s revitalization.

For more information on Papago Golf Club, visit www.papagogolfclub.com

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