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SunRidge Canyon Golf Club opens Jim McLean Performance Center

SunRidge Canyon Golf Club announced today the opening of the new Jim McLean Performance Center, a 1,600 sq. ft. structure located on the club’s practice tee occupied by Hot Stix Golf and Jim McLean Golf School.  The building offers two hitting bays: one completely enclosed and climate controlled that opens to the practice range via a roll-up door.  The other covered bay is open to the practice tee on two of four sides.  Both are decked out with the latest video and launch-monitor technology.  Just outside of the building, the practice tee was expanded to include 50 percent more turf. Two new bunkers and a second practice green were also added. There is also a therapy room for stretching sessions, a restroom and administrative space.

As the name suggests, the new facility is home to a Jim McLean Golf School, which is in its second season at SunRidge Canyon.

“The new facility is fantastic,” said McLean.  “The indoor/outdoor capabilities provide our students an additional level of comfort, while giving the instructors a state-of-the-art place to help golfers realize their potential within the game of golf.  It’s just very well done—a huge asset for our instructors and students.”

The performance center is also home to Hot Stix Golf, an industry leader in the art and science of custom golf club fitting.  The facility at SunRidge Canyon allows the professional club-fitters to visually assess the golfer’s ball flight in addition to uncovering their unique swing DNA with the help of Trackman launch monitor technology.  From there, they match the golfer’s specs to the best complement of equipment, across all major brands, by leveraging Hot Stix Golf’s proprietary software developed through years of independent research and development carried out at their Scottsdale Airpark headquarters.

“It’s gratifying to see this project come to fruition,” said Jeff Lessig, General Manager of SunRidge Canyon Golf Club.  “We now offer one of the most comprehensive and effective game-improvement options available in the Valley of the Sun.”

To schedule a lesson or club fitting at the new Jim McLean Performance Center, contact SunRidge Canyon Golf Club at 480-837-5100.

SunRidge Canyon Golf Club features an 18-hole, 6,823-yard, par-71, Keith Foster-designed golf course located on the slopes of the McDowell Mountains in Fountain Hills, Arizona, adjacent to Scottsdale. Open since 1995, SunRidge Canyon has been recognized as one of Arizona’s finest golf facilities by numerous golf publications.  Most recently it was one of only 25 Arizona clubs ranked as 2012 Golfweek’s Best Golf Courses: State by State. The golf course works its way down a large canyon during the front nine before bending around to climb up the canyon on the back nine.  Along the way, golfers discover a measure of beauty and challenge unlike any other desert golf course in the Valley, with the last six holes – known as the Wicked Six – personifying this appealing combination.

SunRidge Canyon Golf Club is also a great place to learn the game at the Jim McLean Golf School, the only one in Arizona and 13th world-wide.  Jim McLean has long been recognized as one of the top golf instructors in the world, named 1994 PGA Teacher of The Year, and currently ranked No.3 by Golf Digest, among many other distinctions. SunRidge Canyon’s new performance center is also home to the custom club fitting of Hot Stix Golf.

The club’s Spanish hacienda-style clubhouse provides a beautiful setting for those looking for an awe-inspiring site for weddings, receptions, awards banquets or any type of special event.  Among other things, guests are treated to stunning mountain views as well as the property’s shimmering water features and lush Sonoran Desert landscape.  For more information on SunRidge Canyon, visit www.SunridgeGolf.com or call 480-837-5100.

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