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Papago Continues with Upgrades


Officials with Papago Golf Course in Phoenix, Ariz., have announced that various changes will be made to the facility in the next two months. On September 25, 68 new mature trees will be added throughout the course, which will also be closed October 5-26 for an overseeding program.

"In our continued efforts to enhance the overall look and feel at Papago, we wanted to add a variety of desert trees that are indigenous to the area throughout the golf course," said Rob Harman, Deputy Director of the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Department.

The trees will include a variety of mesquites, Palo Verdes and ironwoods, and will be strategically placed in various locations throughout the golf course, based on recommendations by Billy Fuller, the golf course architect who led the recent $6 million restoration of Papago.

"We have been looking forward to this opportunity to enhance the desert plantings and replace some of the strategic trees taken down by last year's storm as well as to replace dead ones taken down during the renovation. Holes 1 and 5 should be especially noticeable to the players," Fuller said.

"This re-vegetation process is very much in line with our renovation plans, and will be ongoing for years to come. We will be very careful to preserve the beautiful long views while continuing to enhance this wonderful golf property."

Papago has had its fair share of success in just a limited time following the multi-million-dollar restoration. It hosted the 2009 J Golf Phoenix LPGA International in March, and was recently ranked among Golfweek's top 50 municipal golf courses in the country. With golf rounds up nearly 20 percent in the third quarter of 2009, things are looking even better for 2010.

"We had a pretty good nine months following the restoration, and expect that to get better as the golf course matures even more," said Brian Binegar, Papago's head pro. "We are excited and anxious to see what is in store for 2010."

Golf rates for the peak season will be announced in October, along with information about frequent player reward programs and other money saving incentive programs. For additional information, visit www.papagogolfcourse.net.

Originally designed by William Francis "Billy" Bell, Papago Golf Course opened in 1963. It hosted the 1971 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, and was the neighborhood city course for some of Arizona's most recognizable junior players, including Billy Mayfair and the sisters Heather and Missy Farr. It also was the site of the 2009 J Golf Phoenix LPGA International, just four months after re-opening following the extensive renovation. Papago sits on the borders of Phoenix, Tempe and Scottsdale, surrounded by the beautiful Papago Buttes, and is conveniently located less than two miles from Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.