Dont Just Watch…Play! Dove Mountain Golf Package

by Judy McDermott

The Dove Mountain Golf Pack gives fans chance to play The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain and attend the World Golf Championships- Accenture Match Play Championship.

The Dove Mountain Golf Pack is once again for sale giving fans the opportunity to play golf on the same course as the world’s best and then attend next year’s event when the Accenture Match Play

Championship returns to Southern Arizona and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain, February 18-24, 2013.

The Accenture Match Play Championship Dove Mountain Golf Pack includes:

• Two rounds of golf at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain
• Two Good-Any-One-Day tickets to the 2013 Accenture Match Play Championship
• One parking pass Good-Any-One-Day to Lot 2 for the 2013 Accenture Match Play Championship

Prices for the package depend on the golf dates that fans choose. For golf during phase 1 (July 1–September 30, 2012) the total package will cost $235. For golf during phase 2 (October 1, 2012-December 31, 2012) the total package will cost $289. The golf passes allow the purchaser to bring three friends to fill out their foursome for $55 per person during phase 1 or $100 during phase 2.

The Accenture Match Play Championship, which is the first of four World Golf Championships of the season, has been played in Southern Arizona since 2007 and at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain since 2009.

Fans interested in purchasing the Dove Mountain Golf Pack package can do so by visiting the Accenture Match Play Championship website at www.worldgolfchampionships.com.

Where legend meets luxury in the high Sonoran Desert

Legendary champion Jack Nicklaus took advantage of the High Sonoran Desert setting to integrate strategy, variety and fair shot values into his Signature Design luxury golf course at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain in Arizona.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain is his first Tucson golf course in 25 years. Nicklaus created 27 holes with unique challenges and distinct character, blending naturally among noble saguaros and the surrounding Tortolita Mountain Range. This luxury golf resort has elevations ranging from 2,300 to 3,200 feet to challenge even the most seasoned pro.

Enjoy executing the same golf shots that require the imagination and creativity from the world’s leading champions at this breathtaking resort. Nicklaus purposefully designed this luxury golf course to be challenging yet enjoyable to play time and time again. The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain in Arizona is an elite venue to be enjoyed by golfing legends and friends alike.

CHALLENGE YOURSELF!

Hole #3 – Par 3 – 208 yards
208 yards isn’t much more than a modest 5 iron for many in the field, but this is no ordinary par 3. Short and right of the green lies a watery grave for those that overplay the prevailing right to left wind. A conservative play to the left of the green leaves a touchy bunker shot that slopes away toward the water hazard. The elevated tee allows the approach to stay in the air a little longer, creating some concerns for the top players in the game. Since hosting the event, only 53% of the field has managed to hit this green, and in 2011 the hole played to a stroke average of 3.45.

Hole #9 – Par 4 – 476 yards
The finishing hole on the front nine requires some strategy from the tee. A pot bunker in the center of the fairway forces a decision: Play right of the bunker and have an easier approach, or play safe to the left of the bunker with a more difficult approach. From either side, the green appears to be at the top of a ridge, with no more than a sliver of the green visible from the fairway. Desert left and a dramatic run-off to the right of the green leave a brutal pitch to this elevated surface. While 81% of the field hit the fairway from the tee, only 59% managed to find their mark with the approach. With a stroke average of 4.18, this is the most difficult par 4 on the front nine.

Hole #10 – Par 4 – 493 yards
The opening hole on the back nine is one of the best driving holes on the course. With multiple tee options, the players may choose to carry the bunkers that frame the landing area both right and left, or play a fairway wood from the tee to stay short of the trouble. There are no greenside bunkers to manage on the approach, but a natural arroyo crosses the fairway just a few yards short of the green complex. 55% of the field managed to hit this fairway in 2011, making it the most difficult tee shot for the week. Only 49% of the field managed to hit the green in regulation, and the hole played to a stroke average of 4.2, the most difficult par 4 for the top 64 players in the world.

Hole #15 – Par 4 – 343 yards
Ahhhhh, yes. The drivable par 4 is always great for entertainment value, especially when it is deep into the back nine of a World Golf Championship. The 15th almost always plays downwind, which helps the players carry a cavernous pot bunker lurking 30 yards short of the elevated putting green. Last year, 92% of the field attempted to drive the green and only 20% found their mark. However, the polished short games of the best players in the world managed to find the green 89% of the time, making it the easiest green to hit in regulation. At a stroke average of 3.54, birdie is needed to keep up with your opponent at this pivotal point in the match.

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