The Adobe Course at the Arizona Biltmore Golf Club recently reopened following ryegrass overseed and a golf course renovation project. The Adobe Course, one of the state’s most historic golf courses, originally opened for play in 1929 and is a William Bell design.
During the renovation project, which began in June, crews removed the course’s 9th hole; created a new par-3 4th hole over an existing lake; constructed a new 18th green complex (south of the former 18th green); and added 12 new tee boxes. The enhanced 9th hole (the former 8th hole) now plays as a 500+ yard par 5. In addition, a total of 27 bunkers were reshaped, relined and filled with new sand, and six bunkers were eliminated. Cart paths around the 90-year-old golf course were also replaced.
“The Adobe Course has always been a player-friendly, parkland-style golf course that is welcoming to new and seasoned golfers alike,” said Justin Creighton, head golf professional, Arizona Biltmore Golf Club. “We’re thrilled with the Adobe Course enhancements as we continue to invest in, improve and modernize one of the state’s oldest golf courses.”
On-course work was lead by Nevada-based Pro Turf International. The new layout measures 6,586 yards from the tips and plays to a par of 71. Pro Turf performed the renovation work during the hot summer months to accommodate Bermudagrass grow-in and to insure peak course conditions for the fall, winter and spring golf seasons. The overseed process, the annual planting of winter ryegrass, began on the Adobe Course in early October.
2019 marks the Adobe Course’s 90th birthday. As Arizona’s third-oldest golf course, the William Bell-designed course dates back to 1929, a few months before the Arizona Biltmore Hotel opened its doors.
The Arizona Biltmore Golf Club is located in the shadow of the Phoenix Mountain Preserve. The Adobe Golf Course is considered stately and grand, a forefather of modern design. The Adobe’s lush fairways and spacious layout are a reminder of the way the game was meant to be played. The Links Course, the younger of the two Biltmore courses, has earned the respect of golfers everywhere as one of Arizona’s premier golf courses. Rolling fairways lined with pines meander through some of the most stunning homes in Phoenix. U.S. Presidents, foreign heads of state, Hollywood celebrities, corporate leaders and PGA TOUR professionals have all teed it up on The Links and The Adobe courses.