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New Greens, Bunker Renovation and Improved Tech-Based Irrigation

Things are moving along smoothly just one month into the Cholla Course renovation project. We-Ko-Pa’s top-notch agronomy team completed the sprigging process for the greens on the front-9 and they are now moving on to the back nine this week. In addition, the team has also begun the bunker-reinvigoration process, including replacing the current sand with 50/50 white and USGA beige sand mixture.

Progress has also been made in the removal of over 255,000 square feet of turf, the equivalent of about 6 acres, to be replaced by native Sonoran Desert vegetation. The golf industry’s ongoing efforts at water conservation, fully embraced by We-Ko-Pa, enables it to be an even better steward of its pristine desert setting.

The installation of high-tech, computer-based irrigation controllers, valves and nozzles will enable the course maintenance staff to alter watering patterns in “spot” locations where exposure to wind and sun may dry out certain areas faster. They can alter watering patterns throughout the golf course enabling even greater water conservation than ever before.

“We couldn’t be happier with how the renovation process is going,” said Matt Barr, General Manager of We-Ko-Pa Golf Club. “I’m most excited for the completion of the bunkers. When they’re done, the course will pop against the vast Sonoran Desert backdrop. Not only will the bunkers be more aesthetically pleasing, they will also give our players greater ball control out of the sand.”

Take a look at a few images from the Cholla renovation project taken over the last few weeks by We-Ko-Pa’s staff. Just click on any of the images to enlarge them and to scroll through the entire gallery.

The course is on-track for re-opening in September 2016.