Golf News for Wednesday, September 16, 2009 | Courses

Papago Golf Course in Phoenix will close for overseeeding on Oct. 5, re-open on Oct. 27

PHOENIX, Ariz. -- Papago Golf Course has announced that it will be adding 68 new mature trees throughout the golf course, starting on Friday, Sept. 25 and continuing when the course is closed for overseeding, Oct. 5-26. All trees should be planted and the project completed by the time the course re-opens for play on Tuesday, Oct. 27, following the overseed.

“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 City of 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 restoration project at 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 revegetation 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, Head Golf Professional at Papago. “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. To follow all of Papago’s specials and programs, become a Papago fan on Facebook at, or for tee times go to

Papago Golf Course opened in 1963 under the design of famed golf course architect William Francis “Billy” Bell and quickly became one of the finest municipal golf courses in the country. It was host of 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 Heather and Missy Farr. It also played host to the 2009 J Golf Phoenix LPGA International, just four months after re-opening following an extensive course restoration project. Papago Golf Course 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.

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