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Phil Mickelson Re-Opens McDowell Mountain Golf Club
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Hello, as I write this theres a chill in the air telling us that fall is here, fi nally! I believe most of us across the country would say it was one long hot summer. Fall is often a time of refl ection for many of us and at Golfers Guide we are refl ecting too! Looking back at the last year we have made signifi -cant changes to our magazines enhanced our digital assets and we are preparing to launch innovative new marketing solutions for 2012. For details make sure to sign up for our Players Club Newsletter.
I cant tell you how excited I was to be invited to the Re-opening of McDowell Mountain golf course, now owned by PGA great, Phil Mickelson and his partners. The future of golf resides with the next generation and it was inspiring to listen to Mr. Mickelson speak. I hope you enjoy the story on page 6.
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6 McDowell Mountain Golf Club McDowell Mountain Golf Club re-opened by Phil Mickelson.
10 Ahwatukee Country Club Designed by Arizona Legend Johnny Bulla.
31 Destination Prescott The Prescott area has it all wonderful weather, history, culture, great golf, lodging and more.
40 The Club at Seven Canyons Seventh heaven in Sedona.
50 Area Maps/Directory Local golf courses, dining and shopping.
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McDowell Mountain Golf Club in Scottsdale re-opened with a bang, when PGA Tour great and former Arizona State Sun Devil, Phil Mickelson struck the fi rst tee shot and took part in the ribbon cutting ceremony with Scotts-dale Mayor Jim Lane in October. Mickelson, Honorable Mayor Lane, Steve Coach Loy and course architect Randy Heckenkemper were on hand to unveil the newly enhanced McDowell Mountain Golf Club which was formerly Sanctuary Golf Club.
In the spring of 2011, Phil Mickelson and Coach Steve Loy acquired the operating rights to McDowell Mountain Golf Club, and have undertaken signifi cant golf course enhancements and
Phil Mickelson Hits the
First Tee Shot at the New McDowell Mountain Golf Club
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renovations designed to make the course more challenging for the better players, while at the same time making the course more forgiving, enjoyable and fun for beginning golfers, families and players of all calibers.
Course revisions were overseen by golf course architect Randy Heckenkem-per and included widening of the playing corridors, the reshaping of a number of fairways, several new teeing areas, additional strategic waste bunkers, and more! More than 20,000 cubic yards of reshaping was done throughout the course to improve playability, widen the playing corridors, and to create a more enjoyable overall experience.
Other specifi c enhancements in-cluded over 460 yards were added to the Back Tees, the nines were fl ipped to cre-ate a more dramatic fi nish to the round, a number of bunkers were fi lled-in to create a more playable experience for the aver-age golfer and new signage and decora-tive features were added throughout the property including new tee markers, new hole monuments, several bronze animal sculptures, and the addition of an elegant new McDowell Mountain Rolex Clock!
We really wanted to make the golf course that was family friendly and fun to play, stated Phil Mickelson. By strategically adding grass in and cleaning up the desert areas, making the corridors much bigger, we feel like we made it a much more enjoyable experience. We now feel like this is a fun experience for everyone, added Mickelson
McDowell Mountain will also be an even better place to learn the game or improve your swing. World-class instruc-tion will be offered with the Rick Smith Golf Academy and the practice facility was expanded signifi cantly with new practice putting and chipping greens, a
larger teeing ground and distinctive target features in the landing area.
Frequent players need to check out McDowell Mountains new Players Club, which also offers preferred rates and benefi ts that are second to none. Golfers can book tee times online at clubs new website www.mcdowellmountaingc.com where the best rates are guaranteed! For more information on McDowell Mountain Golf Club, call (480) 502-8200 or book tee times on-line at www.mcdowellmountaingc.com
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LOCATION10690 E. Sheena Drive, Scottsdale, AZ 85255(480) 502-8200Website: www.mcdowellmountaingc.com Facebook: Search McDowell Mountain GolfTwitter: www.twitter.com/mcdowellmtngc
STATISTICS Par-71 Yards Slope RatingBlack 7,072 73.3 137Gold 6,407 70.2 131White (M) 5,724 67.0 118 White (W) 5,724 71.6 129Red (W) 4,880 68.1 109
PERSONNELArchitect .................Randy Heckenkemper General Manager ...... Chris Johnson, PGASuperintendent ....Greg Bergman, GCSAA Management ......................OB Sports Golf Gen. Contractor .......... Landscapes Unlimited /
OB Sports Landscape Division
At A Glance
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