All bunkers will be renovated, a new irrigation system will be installed, cart paths will be restored and the 13th hole will be revamped as nine holes are kept open for the public.
Desert Highlands in North Scottsdale, Ariz. has released details and a timetable for its $7 million project to enhance its Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, which was first announced in February (https://clubandresortbusiness.com/desert-highlands-to-upgrade-irrigation-showcase-graeme-baxter-artwork/).
Construction will begin in April 2019 on the updates, which will include renovating every bunker on the course, revamping the 13th hole, installing a new irrigation system and restoring cart paths. Nine holes will remain open for members during the project, which is scheduled for completion this summer.
A new drainage system featuring Capillary Concrete will be employed for optimal drainage and reduction of washouts during inclement weather. The Bunker Solution linings will be used for bunker faces to prevent sand contamination, and to reduce migration while maintaining design characteristics. New sand that complements the Sonoran Desert landscape will be installed to complete the restoration.
Nicklaus Design will spearhead minor renovations to the 13th hole, a par-4 highlighted by the desert landscape splitting the fairway into two landing areas. The changes, overseen by Jon Gardner, will make the left fairway more generous while lengthening the carry to the right fairway.
In addition, the greenside bunker on the left will be smaller, while the front-right portion of the putting surface will become more accessible. The makeover will restore No. 13 to its original playing characteristics and create a more exciting risk-and-reward hole.
Also highlighting the project is the installation of a new irrigation system throughout the golf course, which will help maintain Desert Highlands’ superior conditioning. In addition, restoration work will be done to the cart paths that run throughout the course.
“Desert Highlands is committed to maintaining our award-winning golf course,” said General Manager Monty Becton. “These upgrades not only will strengthen the playability of the golf course, but also enrich its captivating landscape.”