Just as more people are hitting the links, Toll Brothers will debut an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course at Sterling Grove, the company’s 780-acre luxury master-planned community in Surprise.

Set to open on March 10, the Nicklaus-designed Sterling Grove Golf and Country Club will be the first new golf course in the West Valley in nearly a decade.

“Sterling Grove is poised to take its place among the best courses in greater Phoenix, with challenging play in a spectacular setting,” said Dan Rhea, senior project manager for Toll Brothers at Sterling Grove. “The timing for this new course opening is ideal, as interest in the game is growing.”

Last year, play at Valley golf courses rose by 11.6% and is up 17.8% compared to the previous three years.

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The new golf will be the centerpiece of a host of amenities offered at the Sterling Grove community. Plans also call for an 18-hole putting course and driving range – it will not be the only activity at Sterling Grove. Surrounding the course are a restaurant called Copper + Rye, plus five tennis and nine pickleball courts slated for completion this spring. These amenities will be followed by a 35,000-square-foot clubhouse, with flex spaces, resort-style pools, a fitness studio and a full-service spa.

Set on the site of what was once a working farm, the Sterling Grove community will encompass 2,200 homes in eight luxury collections. Homes range from single level to two-story and from 1,421 to 4,047 square feet, with a variety of architectural styles. The community’s 31 home designs cater to everyone from singles, couples and families to older adults seeking an active lifestyle in Sterling Grove’s age-targeted neighborhoods.

To pay homage to the land, there is a tree-lined town square that serves as a gathering place for residents. Irrigation streams, one-acre cornerstone parks and meticulously manicured gardens and groves complete the design.

“The idea is to bring a slice of Americana to Surprise,” Rhea said. “But above all else, this is a community built around lifestyle.”

Surprise also offers residents a plethora of other recreation and enriching activities. The city plays host to the Kansas City Royals and Texas Rangers at its Cactus League Spring Training Complex and has embarked on a new downtown center. Nearby, Ottawa University has expanded its residential campus.

Sterling Grove is located at Cactus Road and Cotton Lane in Surprise. For information, call 844-836-5263 or visit SterlingGrove.com/Foothills.