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Second Course Underway at Arizona Community


In mid-October 2002, construction began on the Gallery South Course, the second 18-hole layout at Gallery Golf Club. The club, located in Marana, 20 miles north of downtown Tucson, is part of the 5,600-acre Dove Mountain planned community. As with The Gallery’s inaugural course, which opened nearly four years ago, John Fought of John Fought Design has been selected as designer.

Fought, whose firm is based in Scottsdale, Ariz., has 10 solo designs to his credit and numerous collaborative designs with the likes of Bob Cupp and Tom Lehman. Fought and Lehman co-designed the original Gallery course, which will be known as The Gallery North Course following the anticipated opening of the South Course in December 2003.

"The new course will be a bit different, while still boasting of the same high quality we established with the original course," Fought said. "The South Course will be a bit more narrow, sit at a lower elevation and will have its own distinctive motif, including raised greens and a different style of bunkering."

Even though the South Course's fairways will be narrower than the existing course, Fought emphasized that both Gallery layouts still offer wider playing corridors and more generous setbacks (for homes) than typical desert courses.

Fought, in his 15th year of designing golf courses, raved about the South Course's native vegetation, which he said will be "the nicest of any course in the state of Arizona." He singled out the abundance of Palo Verde, ironwood and mesquite trees as well as the inspiring presence of the giant saguaro cacti, which is unique to the surrounding Sonoran Desert.

"Considering the vegetation and the long views of the Tortolita Mountains, The Gallery South Course will be aesthetically beautiful to play," Fought said. "It also will be more of a traditional course, which will call on golfers to use every club in their bag. It promises to be a real jewel."

"We are absolutely thrilled to again be working with John Fought," said Wade Dunagan, project manager for The Gallery Golf Club. "After what John was able to do with the first course, it was a natural progression to seek him out to design our second course." Like the North Course, the South Course also will ultimately be private, Dunagan noted.

Prior to launching a successful career as a golf course designer, Fought was a top-flight golfer. He won the 1977 U.S. Amateur championship and notched two victories on the PGA Tour before injuries forced his retirement.

Fought's solo designs include Washington National Golf Club in Auburn, Wash., which hosted the 2002 NCAA Division I Women's Golf Championship; Cimarron Golf Resort in Palm Springs, Calif.; and the Meadows in Sunriver, Ore. His most heralded collaborative design is Pumpkin Ridge (Cornelius, Ore.), which, in 2003, will host the U.S. Women's Open Championship for the second time. Fought, a native of Portland, Ore., co-designed Pumpkin Ridge with Cupp.