New Player's Course in Indian Wells to Open in November


Construction of the new John Fought-designed Player's Course at the Indian Wells (Calif.) Golf Resort is on schedule for a November 2007 opening. The course's debut will coincide with the 25th anniversary of the LG Skins Game, which will be played on Indian Wells Golf Resort's Celebrity Course over Thanksgiving weekend.

"After all the planning and preparation, it's extremely exciting to be only six months away from completing this magnificent golf course," said Roger Behling, Golf Resort Director for the City of Indian Wells. "John Fought's vision is beginning to show through, and it's going to be a big hit with golfers. As a golfer myself, I can't wait to tee it up."

On the Player's Course, all of the shaping and contouring is completed including the finish work on the bunkers. Green wells have been dug and filled with the layers of organic and inorganic mixtures. On May 15 the fairways, roughs and tees were sprigged with 419 Bermudagrass, and the warm-weather grass on the greens will be TifEagle. The putting surfaces will grow-in until early fall when the golf course will be overseeded with perennial ryegrass on the fairways, roughs and tees and Poa trivialis on the greens.

Other facilities - including the clubhouse, putting course and practice facility - are scheduled to open in late fall. These new facilities, along with the Player's Course, and the already completed Celebrity Course will mark the completion of a facility-wide, $61 million construction project at Indian Wells Golf Resort.

Open to the public, the Indian Wells Golf Resort's IW Club will be more than a clubhouse; it will become a community centerpiece. The 53,000-square-foot building will include a golf shop, Callaway Performance Center, sports bar and grill, fine dining, private dining, café, outdoor dining, meeting space, multipurpose room and grand lobby for pre-function activities and events. On-site amenities include the new Fairway Grill, a putting course, practice facilities, fire pit, lawn areas for events, and water features.

Phoenix-based Douglas Fredrikson Architects designed the IW Club to fit a Desert Modern style. The building will feature sandstone walls, large expanses of glass, a metal roof, limestone and granite accents and stainless steel detailing. The interior will have warm wood detailing, stone floors, leather accents, sculpted carpets and luxurious appointments. Large sliding glass doors in the dining area allow for an effortless transition to the outside patios to take advantage of mountain and golf course views.

Also scheduled for a November opening is the John Fought-designed 18-hole, natural-grass putting course lighted for evening play. The layout will feature rock outcroppings, trees and other vegetation, and be ideal for both family fun as well as legitimate practice.

The Celebrity Course at Indian Wells Golf Resort will host the 2007 LG Skins Game. The City of Indian Wells, ESPN Regional Television, IMG Media and LG Electronics, Inc. agreed to a three-year deal allowing this Thanksgiving tradition to remain in the Coachella Valley through 2009. One of the top-rated second-season golf events, the $1 million 25th Anniversary LG Skins Game will be televised on ABC Sports on November 24-25, 2007.

For more information about Indian Wells Golf Resort call 760/346-4653 or visit www.indianwellsgolfresort.com.    

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