Fry.com Open's run at Grayhawk Golf Club short and sweet
Scottsdale, Ariz., has one less tournament now after the PGA Tour made this announcement yesterday: The Frys.com Open is moving from Arizona to California.
For the past three years, the Fall Series event has been played at Grayhawk Golf Club’s Raptor Course in golf-rich Scottsdale. Now it will move closer to Fry’s Electronics headquarters in San Jose, Calif., which is just a 30-minute drive from the tournament’s new home ? exclusive CordeValle Golf Club in San Martin, Calif.
This really shouldn’t come as a big surprise as this tournament has moved quite a bit in the last few years. Before Scottsdale, the tournament was held in Las Vegas.
Just last week, Troy Matteson defeated Rickie Fowler and Jamie Lovemark in a two-hole playoff to win at Grayhawk, a daily fee golf club.
It’s been a nice run.
“From the onset, the Frys.com Open has done a tremendous job in running and promoting its PGA TOUR event,” said Tim Finchem, PGA TOUR commissioner. “The move to California near its corporate headquarters assures the continued growth and success of the Frys.com Open in the future.”
While the pros liked Grayhawk, my guess is that they will really like CordeValle. I played it a couple of years ago, and it’s immaculate. The high-end private Robert Trent Jones Jr. design stretches across 7,169 yards of Northern California’s hillsides, canyons and broad meadows. (Guest fees approach $400.) The only shame is that it’s another tour course most of the public can’t play.
“We are very excited about moving the Frys.com Open to California and CordeValle,” said Kathy Kolder, executive vice-president and a founder of Fry’s Electronics. “We expect the tournament to prosper, attract a top field of PGA TOUR professionals and generate more dollars for charity.”
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