Southern Dunes Golf Course RenovationBy azgolfer • May 28th, 2014
The golf course at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes in Maricopa, AZ is planning to spend 2 million dollars to renovate the golf course in 2014 by improving courses playability for the more casual golfer. It will still maintain the challenge aspect to experienced golfers as well as it will be suited for more resort style play or competitive tournaments. The project will start on May 27th and end in September of 2014.
To ensure the quality of the spectacular design over at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes, original course architects of Schmidt-Curley and Fred Couples were called in to lead the project that entails a full bunker renovation. In all, 83,000-square-feet of bunkers will be removed from the golf course’s current total of 480,000-square-feet. More improvements also include significant turf expansion between many of the forward tees to eliminate unnecessary forced carries for those choosing to “tee it forward” or are still learning how to consistently hit shots in the air. There will be more landing area off the fairway as well as several implementations to improve some of the holes on the course.
“This facility enhancement project is a game-changer for Ak-Chin Southern Dunes on a local, regional and national level, said Brady Wilson, general manager. “The project addresses every spoke of the wheel with regards to improved playing conditions, better playability for core golfers, more challenge for accomplished players and growth of the game options.”
Additional enhancements include re-vegetation of native grasses and many transitions between bunker edges and native desert. A new back tee will be added on No. 1 (a change made with the experienced golfer in mind) while new forward tees are added on holes 5, 8, 12, 15 and 17. Improvements on No. 17 also include a nearly full-redesign with an expansion of the green, reshaping of a large dune to open sightlines to the hole, and changes to the bunker complex around the green.
Come see why Southern Dunes was voted “Top 100 Courses to play”.