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Troon Country Club reopens

By |  February 22, 2021 0 Comments
Troon Country Club's $4.6 million, seven-month renovation included greens resurfacing, bunker renovations and an update to the course's irrigation system. (Photo: Troon)

Troon Country Club’s $4.6 million, the seven-month renovation included greens resurfacing, bunker renovations and an update to the course’s irrigation system. (Photo: Troon)

Troon Country Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., reopened its Jay Morrish and Tom Weiskopf-designed golf course for member play following a $4.6 million, seven-month renovation.

Weiskopf and design consultant Phil Smith oversaw the project, while Heritage Links golf course construction company served as the contractor.

As part of the renovation, Weiskopf and Smith made design modifications to enhance playability, accentuate site lines and assist in course maintenance. All greens were resurfaced with A4 bentgrass, all tees were leveled and expanded and several new forward tees were added. Tee boxes, fairways and rough were regrassed with TifWay 419 bermudagrass.

Bunkers were eliminated or modified, reshaped and rebuilt incorporating a technically advanced drainage and liner system featuring Capillary Concrete. Troon Country Club said this lining method increases the speed at which water flows through the bunker minimizing washouts, reducing maintenance and producing excellent playability. The new bunkers are filled with Caltega bunker sand and are expected to last for many years to come.

The Club’s irrigation system has been updated, including all new high-density polyethylene mainline and lateral piping; new Rainbird IC system sprinkler heads with central control; and a new WaterTronics pump station. This irrigation system allows crews to individually control each sprinkler head on the golf course, assisting in the club’s water conservation efforts.

Troon Country Club originally opened for play in 1986 and was Weiskopf’s first venture into golf course design. Aside from a few minor course projects, the original layout remained largely unchanged.

“Over 34 years, we never had to redo a green because it was too severe and never had to change much on a hole, because we spent enough time during construction to do it right the first time,” Weiskopf said. “During this renovation, there was no need to change anything other than the surface of the greens, level the tees, improve the drainage and improve the playability of the golf course.”

The golf course renovation comes on the heels of Troon Country Club’s $7.5 million clubhouse expansion and renovation completed in January 2018.

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