Wednesday, August 02, 2006

City Is Taking Bids For $10 Mil Project To Improve Golf Course

City Is Taking Bids For $10 Mil Project To Improve Golf Course
By Casey Newton The Arizona Republic

SCOTTSDALE - Looking to make its links more appealing, Scottsdale is preparing to tee off on some improvements to the Tournament Players Club of Scottsdale's Desert Golf Course.

The city plans to expand the clubhouse. Indoor seating, a covered patio and larger area for food preparation are planned for the clubhouse expansion.

The city is taking bids on the $10 million project, which also will improve drainage and irrigation on the 20-year-old course. Bids are due July 12, with construction to begin in February, after the next FBR Open golf tournament at the adjacent TPC Tournament Course.

"We feel that we've fallen behind over the years in terms of the quality of the golf experience," said Tom Beat, contracts manager for Scottsdale.

Beat said renovations will upgrade the course to a make it more competitive with others, such as the Grayhawk Golf Club. The Desert course will be closed from February through November 2007.

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation leases the land for the golf courses to Scottsdale . The city in turn leases it to the TPC, a group affiliated with the PGA Tour, which agreed to spend $5.75 million over the next 30 years for renovations.

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