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SunRidge Canyon unveils golf course enhancements

SunRidge Canyon Golf Club, ranked amongst the “Top 20 Best Courses You Can Play” in Arizona by Golf Magazine, is undergoing an impressive enhancement project that will be certain to elevate the club even higher in national and state rankings.

The project was designed to enhance agronomic conditions and improve upon playability, while maintaining the challenge that golfers have come to love at SunRidge Canyon and the club’s signature Wicked 6 finishing holes. All enhancements will be unveiled during the SunRidge Canyon Golf Club re-opening on October 2, 2015.

“Upon purchasing the club in 2010, we have been committed to making SunRidge Canyon a total golf and dining experience and all of the recent enhancements were done with this goal in mind,” said Don Misheff, owner of SunRidge Canyon Golf Club.”

“This summer we embarked upon the course and practice facility enhancement to continue to make SunRidge Canyon a ‘must play’ for area and visiting golfers. Along with these new improvements, our staff is committed to providing five-star level service to complement our world-class facility,” said Kris Starr Director of Operations.

The enhancements included regrassing of all putting surfaces on the course to Champion ultra dwarf Bermuda grass, expansion of putting surfaces, bunker redesign, and expanding landing areas. Specific enhancements also included:

  • Resurfacing all putting greens with Champion ultra dwarf bermuda grass (which according to National Turfgrass Evaluation Program Trials can be groomed to create STIMP meter speeds of nearly two feet faster than other ultradwarf cultivars).
  • Modifications and softening of green undulations to allow for new and faster green speeds.
  • Putting surface expansion. The addition of 5,000 square feet of putting surfaces to restore the putting greens to the size of the original design. Specific expansions included holes three, five and thirteen.
  • Redesign of bunkers on holes three and seven, fairway bunkers on four, eleven, and fifteen.
  • Expanded landing areas on two, three and eleven fairways to allow wider landing areas off the tee.

“Changes were done with intent and in collaboration with not only our agronomic leader Ron Ruppert, but also with input and valuable feedback from Scottsdale area PGA Tour veterans and SunRidge Canyon friends including Gary McCord, Peter Kostis and Howard Twitty,” said Wes Neal, head golf professional. “Enhancements were done to make the golf course more forgiving for the average player, while maintaining the challenge and allure of SunRidge Canyon including our stout finishing stretch – the Wicked 6.”

SunRidge Canyon Golf Club also expanded upon their popular practice facility, adding teeing area space to approximately 14,000 square feet, as well as expanding the current practice facility performance center. The latter of which was done to accommodate the move of Hot Stix Golf from their former Scottsdale Airpark location to SunRidge Canyon. This fall, SunRidge Canyon will be the global home of Hot Stix Golf, the leader in technology-based club fitting by certified club-fitters utilizing proprietary fitting software and technology.

Recently, the club also announced a new affiliation with Troon whereby SunRidge Canyon will welcome and participate in proven Troon programs such as Troon Rewards, Troon Golf Vacations, Troon Advantage and Team Troon group/tournament opportunities. SunRidge Canyon has also been added to the popular Troon Card program as a participating club for Arizona and National TwoSome and FourSome card programs.  “Our team is extremely excited about the new Troon relationship” says Starr.


Troon announces alliance with SunRidge Canyon Golf Club

Troon will partner with SunRidge Canyon Golf Club, set in the dramatic surroundings of Fountain Hills.

Golf at SunRidge Canyon is an adventure, where nature plays a profound role in establishing the layout among the ridges in Fountain Hills in some of the most picturesque and dramatic stretches of natural land in the Sonoran Desert. Nestled between the canyon walls and foothills of the McDowell Mountains, on the edge of Scottsdale, this Keith Foster-layout features scenic elevation changes, bold design features and natural beauty that is simply awe-inspiring. From its beginning and all the way through the signature “Wicked 6” stretch of finishing holes, it’s no wonder why SunRidge Canyon is consistently ranked in the top 25 “Best Courses You Can Play” in Arizona by Golfweek and Golf Magazine and also hosted the 2014 PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada.

“We are pleased to be involved with SunRidge Canyon Golf Club,” stated John Easterbrook, executive vice president of operations, Troon. “The property is well known for its unique location and impressive championship golf course and we are excited to offer our popular Troon programs. We are confident that Troon’s impact will contribute positively to the overall value and experience.”

The club is nearing the completion of a half-million dollar enhancement project that boasts new Champion Bermuda greens, expanding putting surfaces, enhanced playability and even improvements to its expansive practice facility, which will host nationally recognized instructors. Upon the club’s re-opening on October 2, 2015, SunRidge Canyon will welcome and participate in proven Troon programs such as Troon Rewards, Troon Golf Vacations, Team Troon group/tournament opportunities and more.  SunRidge Canyon will immediately be added to the popular Troon Card program as a participating club for Arizona and National Twosome and Foursome card programs.

SunRidge Canyon is now also the global home to Hot Stix Golf, the leader in technology-based club fitting by certified club-fitters utilizing proprietary fitting software and state of the art technology.

“We are thrilled to welcome Troon’s expertise to SunRidge Canyon Golf Club,” said Don Misheff, owner of SunRidge Canyon Golf Club. “SunRidge has long enjoyed a great reputation and we are excited about our new alliance and are confident that both local and traveling Troon customers and members will appreciate the golf, dining, instructional and club-fitting experience offered here at SunRigde Canyon. Our staff takes great pride in providing our customers a total experience that doesn’t end on the 18th green.”


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.