Jack Nicklaus Signature Courses and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club,
Dove Mountain on Schedule for January 2009 Opening
Eagerly awaited by fans of desert golf, the Jack Nicklaus Signature
Courses at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain will open on January 17,
and grassing have been completed at The Golf Club, which will host the 2009
Accenture Match Play Championship in February.
Twenty-seven holes of golf and a 50,000-square-foot clubhouse complex currently
make up the $60 million Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain. The first 18
holes, comprised of two tournament nines, are par 72, measuring 7,810 yards,
while the third nine measures 3,880 yards at par 36. A final nine holes, planned
for construction in 2010, will measure 3,780 yards at par 36.
Nicklaus designed his Signature Courses to accommodate the best gallery areas
for viewing the unique match-play tournament format, and has worked to make
the courses a challenge for the players as well as a pleasure for the spectators.
In addition, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain was designed with the
environment in mind, with irrigation for the golf courses provided completely
by reclaimed water.
“I’m pleased with the course,” Nicklaus said. “It
has nice movement to it and great vegetation, with beautiful saguaros. I
tried to create a challenge for Tour players, by incorporating good shot values
and strong strategy. At the same, we believe we have made it playable and enjoyable
for the members.”
In addition to accommodating world-class events, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club,
Dove Mountain courses emphasizes playability and aesthetic appeal for all golfers,
and will be available to a select membership as well as guests of The Ritz-Carlton,
Dove Mountain resort. A total of 493 golf memberships are dedicated to owners
of The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain and a limited number to
non-residents (on an invitational basis only). To ensure the finest golf experience
for both the resort guest and the Golf Club member, play will alternate between
the courses each day to provide a private members-only experience.
“We’ve created as many as ten pin positions on every green, so
the Tour has a variety of options, and the members have enough pin positions
that they can do what they need to do,” said Nicklaus.
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain is a collaboration between Arizona
developers Cottonwood Properties and Greenbrier Southwest Corporation and The
Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. as manager. Cottonwood Properties,
a Tucson-based development company, developed the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature
layout at La Paloma Country Club, which is continually singled out for excellence.
Greenbrier Southwest Corporation’s golf course involvements in the Southwestern
U.S. include the Kierland Golf Club, a 27-hole Scott Miller design in Phoenix;
the 18-hole Tom Weiskopf layout at Seven Canyons of Sedona; and the Gary Panks-designed
Twin Warriors Golf Club at New Mexico’s Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort.
Since his debut design in 1969, Nicklaus has been involved in the design of
266 courses open for play worldwide, and his business, Nicklaus Design, has
334 courses open for play around the world. Nicklaus Design courses are represented
in 32 countries, 39 states, and at least 87 have hosted a combined total of
over 600 professional tournaments worldwide or significant national amateur
championships. At least 60 Nicklaus Design courses have appeared in various
national and international Top 100 lists. The firm currently has projects under
construction or under development in 44 different countries.
“We are delighted to have Jack Nicklaus’ artistic genius behind
the design of these golf courses, and it’s an honor to work with him
again,” said David Mehl, president of Cottonwood Properties, the master
developer and owner of Dove Mountain. “This project will solidify Dove
Mountain’s position as one of the Southwest’s most exclusive communities
and further enhance its reputation as a national golf destination.”
About The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain is an essential component within
a landmark half-billion-dollar 850-acre Ritz-Carlton community in northwest
Tucson’s high Sonoran Desert. The Golf Club will serve The Ritz-Carlton,
Dove Mountain, a 250-room resort, as well as 300 luxury single-family homes
at The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Twenty-seven holes
of golf and the 50,000-square-foot clubhouse complex are under construction
and scheduled for completion in January 2009, with an additional nine holes
of golf planned for 2010. The Nicklaus Signature Courses will emphasize
playability and aesthetic appeal while still posing a significant challenge
to the world’s best golfers, who will experience the layout starting
with the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in February
2009. For further information, please visit: thegolfclubatdovemountain.com or
call (407) 206-6208. For media inquiries, please contact Jordan Blakesley
() at (303) 333-1402.