LITCHFIELD PARK, Arizona – Wigwam Golf’s Red Course iwill undergo a four-month bunker enhancement project, with the work beginning on July 5 and focusing on refreshing the 48-year-old course’s 44 fairway and greenside bunkers.
Pro Turf International, in collaboration with The Wigwam’s ownership group JDM Partners, will be executing the project, which is expected to be completed by October. With work occurring during the slower summer months, the Red Course will remain open for play through late September, at which time it will close for fall overseeding.
As part of the Red Course bunker enhancement project, all bunkers will be excavated and 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. In addition, tan sand will be replaced with new, higher-quality white sand in all bunkers.
The Wigwam’s Red Course has been a favorite among locals and club members since it opened in 1974. Originally called the West Course, the course was renamed in the late 80s in honor of the club’s head professional of 42 years, V.O. “Red” Allen, and the course’s architect, Robert “Red” Lawrence. The Red Course is a traditional layout lined with pine and eucalyptus trees.
Similar bunker enhancements were made on The Wigwam’s Robert Trent Jones, Sr.-designed Blue Course in 2016 and Gold Course in 2015, resulting in superior playability.
With a rich history dating back to 1929, The Wigwam is the only Arizona resort with three 18-hole championship golf courses – The Gold, The Blue and The Red. Two courses were designed by legendary course architect Robert Trent Jones, Sr. (Gold and Blue), while Robert “Red” Lawrence designed the Red Course.
Unlike many desert golf courses found throughout the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, The Wigwam’s Gold, Blue and Red courses are all true parkland courses with parallel fairways and greens, which makes finding your ball easier and rounds more enjoyable.
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