The Las Vegas property has been closed since 2012 due to flooding, but with the help of the Las Vegas Wash Project, it is now welcoming golfers twice a week during a soft opening. The facility, which was scheduled to be complete in 2015 but faced delays, should be open every day beginning July 1.
The former Desert Rose Golf Course in Las Vegas has reopened as The Club at Sunrise, as part of the Las Vegas Wash Project, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.
The course, owned by Clark County, had been closed for about three years after devastating flooding in 2012, the Review-Journal reported.
Golfers can play on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 10 a.m. during a soft opening. The new grass is still young and needs additional grow-in time, and the clubhouse still is being organized. The facility should be open every day beginning July 1, the Review-Journal reported.
While the project was originally scheduled to be completed in 2015, the intricacy and massive detail caused delays. Multiple agencies have been involved, including the county, the Army Corps of Engineers and the course architect, the Review-Journal reported.
“It’s important to remember that this a regional flood control project with a golf course in it,” said new General Manager Matt Kalbak, who is employed by KemperSports. “The project was designed to take 1,700 homes out of the flood zone. This is huge for this area, and the golf course will be a great benefit for the surrounding community.”
Today, longtime local golfers still will see and feel some of the Desert Rose mystique, including many of the original pine trees, but there is a new clubhouse, and several holes are completely different. Plus, the old 6-foot “ditch,” a course landmark that ran down the middle of the course between fairways, is now a massive, winding, grass-banked flood channel. Kalbak said 350,000 cubic yards of dirt was removed to create the channel,the Review-Journal reported.
The course opened as Winterwood in 1964 and is where many locals grew up playing the game and some of the top amateur tournaments were decided,the Review-Journal reported.