Troon North Golf Club - Sono­ran Sen­sa­tion

Mon­u­ment, Pin­na­cle Set­ting Sono­ran Tar­get Stan­dards

Golf Vacations - - Contents - by David R. Hol­land

Many have said the blue­print for desert golf was made when Tom Weiskopf and Jay Mor­rish de­signed Troon North Mon­u­ment Course back in 1989. The late Mor­rish sub­se­quently down­played that by say­ing he thought tar­get-golf stan­dards were set by Jack Nick­laus’ Desert High­lands and then Troon Coun­try Club, a Weiskopf-Mor­rish pri­vate course. I re­ally don’t care. What I care about is the plea­sure it is to step on the grounds at Troon North. And when you top it off with a stay at nearby Four Sea­sons Scotts­dale at Troon North you have one fine va­ca­tion.

SCOTTS­DALE, AZ - Many have said the blue­print for desert golf was made when Tom Weiskopf and Jay Mor­rish de­signed Troon North Mon­u­ment Course back in 1989. The late Mor­rish sub­se­quently down­played that by say­ing he thought tar­get-golf stan­dards were set by Jack Nick­laus’ Desert High­lands and then Troon Coun­try Club, a Weiskopf-Mor­rish pri­vate course. I re­ally don’t care. What I care about is the plea­sure it is to step on the grounds at Troon North. And when you top it off with a stay at nearby Four Sea­sons Scotts­dale at Troon North you have one fine va­ca­tion. I love the way Weiskopf was in­spired by Alis­ter MacKen­zie, not by Au­gusta Na­tional, but by Ohio State’s Scar­let Course, where he played col­le­giate golf. I look for­ward to the driv­able par fours he de­signs on ev­ery course and try­ing to fig­ure out what “gotcha” el­e­ment he is pre­sent­ing. I en­joy his ap­proach to bunker­ing – putting as many on the left side of the fair­ways as the right. And that his bunkers are used in three schemes – as aim­ing points, as haz­ards to avoid and in strat­egy where they may save you from OB or wa­ter. To­day, Troon North’s Mon­u­ment and Pin­na­cle 18s keep im­prov­ing. Have a chat with Mike Friend, Troon North’s Di­rec­tor of Sales, and you know wheels are churn­ing. “Last sum­mer we had a three-month project to up­date the Mon­u­ment’s greens and bunkers and this year we will do the same for the Pin­na­cle side, which will close June 5 and re­open Oc­to­ber 5 af­ter over-see­ing,” Friend said. The Ar­ca­dia goals Bluffs of both The Lodge pro­jects -- greens resur­faced with creep­ing A4 bent grass and col­lars resur­faced with TifGrand semi-dwarf Ber­muda grass. Bunker ren­o­va­tions up­dated drainage in all green­side and fair­way bunkers, new bunker lin­ers and new Pi­o­neer bunker sand. Mon­u­ment up­dated green com­plexes to their orig­i­nal shape, size and con­tours by uti­liz­ing GPS co­or­di­nates gath­ered from Weiskopf’s orig­i­nal de­sign. “We are com­mit­ted to pro­vid­ing our guests with the finest course con­di­tions on the planet at our flag­ship fa­cil­ity,” said Dana Gar­many, chair­man and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Troon. “Through these green and bunker en­hance­ments on Mon­u­ment, we are proac­tively im­prov­ing and rein­vest­ing in one of the top daily-fee cour­ses in the na­tion. We plan to ex­e­cute a sim­i­lar im­prove­ment project on the Pin­na­cle course next sum­mer (2018) to keep both cour­ses at the top in a com­pet­i­tive mar­ket­place.” Friend was also ex­cited for a new fleet of golf boards and club cars with the pre­mium bucket seats, usb ports and spots for Blue­tooth speak­ers. “We are also in dis­cus­sion for Shark Ex­pe­ri­ence, which would make our ex­cel­lence in cus­tomer ser­vice sec­ond to none,” he said. “And many peo­ple don’t know we are one only a few in the val­ley still with bent putting sur­faces.” First-time golfers will find these 36 holes beau­ti­ful,

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