The new Phoenician Golf Club is now open for daily-fee and resort play following a 10-month redesign and renovation project and just time time to entertain out-of-town holiday guests. The new course showcases the beauty of the Sonoran Desert and matches the reputation and quality of the award-winning resort.
The new 18-hole golf course was designed by Scottsdale-based architect Phil Smith, with course construction managed by Troon’s Senior Vice President of Golf Course Development, Ron Despain, and The Phoenician Golf Club’s Superintendent, Tom Bush.
Per the press release, during the redesign and renovation, Smith transformed the previous 27-hole facility into a cohesive 18-hole golf course with a natural rhythm and flow. Greens now feature TifEagle grass putting surfaces that allow for additional pin placements; while tees, fairways and roughs are 419 Bermuda grass. All tees and bunkers were repositioned to provide the best strategy for each player’s skill level.
The new course at The Phoenician Golf Club plays to a par of 71 and offers four sets of player-friendly tees ranging from 4,594 yards from the forward tees, to 6,518 yards from the championship tees. By transitioning from 27 to 18 holes, turf usage was reduced by approximately 45 acres and a new highly-efficient irrigation system was installed. The combination of turf reduction and the new irrigation system capabilities will lead to increased water conservation.
Plus, The Phoenician’s golf shop, locker rooms and 19th Hole dining venue have been renovated and expanded. A new Club Car golf fleet has been outfitted with the “Shark Experience” – an innovative new golf technology that enhances the on-course experience. The golf cars include high-definition touch screen displays and built-in speakers with Bluetooth connectivity. Golfers can now enjoy streaming music via Slacker Radio, live sports, highlights, news and entertainment, in addition to Greg Norman golf tips, dynamic yardage information and more.