Golf is just as fun as it is challenging and it is one of only two sports ever to be played on the moon. Though courses across the world look different, a lot of them play the same. There are two places where golf feels like an entirely different sport altogether: the moon and Arizona.
Golfing in Arizona is unlike anywhere else in the world. The courses are long, dry, and the ball seemingly goes forever. They are hard courses to play, sure, but they are home to some of the most beautiful landscapes and views in the world, as well. Highlighted by a few select courses in Phoenix, Tucson, and Scottsdale, there are more than 300 amazing looking courses across the state — and many of these courses are improving every year.
A few quality landscaping projects can increase a home’s resale value by as much as 14%. When luxury golf courses start looking at potential landscaping projects, however, their budgets are usually much, much higher.
According to Golf Course Architecture, Desert Highlands Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona is set to begin a $7 million landscape renovation project, with legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus designing the thirteenth hole.
Jack Nicklaus and his firm designed the course, which sits in the Sonoran Desert, back in 1983. The $7 million project will include revamping every bunker on the course, equipped with Capillary Concrete lining and new sand that complements the desert landscape; as well as a brand new irrigation system, which will be installed throughout the entire course.
Irrigation systems involve three distinct elements: infrastructure, mechanicals, and electronics. Because golf courses are so large and — especially in Arizona — dry, quality irrigation systems are necessary for a boost in appearance. Unfortunately, irrigation can be quite expensive — typically between $2 million and $3 million for a high-quality system.
However, in the long run, these property improvements are well worth it.
“Desert Highlands is committed to maintaining our award-winning golf course,” said Monty Becton, course manager. “These upgrades not only will strengthen the playability of the golf course, but also enrich its captivating landscape.”