This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Gold and Patriot Courses at The Wigwam in Litchfield Park, Arizona. As part of the legendary resort’s continued efforts to renovate and enhance the property, the famed Gold course nicknamed the “Arizona Monster” for its well-known length and degree of difficulty, underwent an extensive renovation this summer.
In collaboration between property owner JDM and Tom Lehman, former British Open champion and winner of numerous PGA TOUR events, the project included a thoughtful redesign concentrating on the intent of Robert Trent Jones, Sr.’s original design.
Focused on a complete bunker renovation, the project touched every hole including enhancements to fairway lines. In addition, all course bunkers now include a more traditional approach featuring white sand and a sod-down design.
“With Tom Lehman’s assistance, the Gold Course continues to stand among the nation’s finest,” said Leo Simonetta, director of The Wigwam Golf Club. “With this update, the course is more playable for the average golfer while continuing to challenge even the most accomplished player.”
The Gold Course has played host to numerous signature tournaments such as the U.S. Open Qualifier, U.S. Amateur Qualifier, several NCAA Regional Championships and the annual Patriot All-America Invitational, one of the top amateur competitions in the world. The 7,430 yard, par 72 course has also received numerous industry awards and accolades since opening in 1965, including “Top 100” golf courses in America.
The course officially reopened on Monday, October 19. With its new design and the expertise of its superintendent, Jason Snyder, The Wigwam Golf Club looks forward to presenting a great golf course this winter.
To commemorate the 50th anniversary and this Gold course milestone, resort management is planning a special event in early December featuring a time capsule burial to capture The Wigwam Golf’s past and look forward to its future.
The Wigwam, one of Arizona’s oldest and most acclaimed hotels, has been recognized as one of the top 25 resorts in Texas and the Southwest, according to Conde Nast’s most recent annual survey, released earlier this week. Besides offering 54 holes of championship golf on-site, The Wigwam is an iconic Arizona landmark and AAA Four-Diamond resort offering 440 acres on an estate-like setting. With 331 casita-style guest rooms, the 26,000 square-foot Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, four pools with two twisting water slides and five restaurants and bars, including Red’s Bar & Grill, The Wigwam invites guests to create new traditions and lasting memories during their stay.
To learn more about the Gold Course renovation including a course tour video with Tom Lehman, visit Wigwamgolf.com.
About Wigwam Golf
The Wigwam’s three 18-hole championship golf courses offer a diversity that cannot be matched by any other Arizona resort. Here, the golf enthusiast has their pick of not just one or two courses, but three 18-hole courses – 54 holes of championship golf including two courses designed by the legendary Robert Trent Jones, Sr. And, in true Wigwam style, each course – The Gold, Patriot, which are celebrating 50 years of golf, and Heritage – offers a unique challenge that adds spice and variety to one’s stay at this timeless and relaxing retreat. In December 2009, The Wigwam was purchased by JDM Partners, led by sports icon Jerry Colangelo. Two years later, the resort unveiled the completion of a $7 million rejuvenation project and re-launch under its original name – The Wigwam. For more information, please visit www.wigwamgolf.com.
About The Wigwam
Designated as a “Historic Hotel of America,” The Wigwam is an iconic Arizona landmark awarded AAA Four-Diamond property status for 13 consecutive years and a member of the Preferred Hotel Group’s Lifestyle Collection.
The Wigwam recently completed a $16 million, multi-phase renovation – including new interior décor, a new pool complex with both adult and family areas, new restaurants and bars featuring al fresco dining and entertaining areas, and a variety of new social areas and event lawns. The resort celebrated 85 years on Nov. 28, 2014.
Situated on an estate-like setting, The Wigwam spans over 440 acres and features 331 casita-style guest rooms, including 72 suites, crafted from distinctive adobe architecture. The only resort in Arizona to offer 54 holes of championship golf on-site, The Wigwam also features a 26,000-square-foot Elizabeth Arden Red Door Spa, four pools, and five restaurants and bars. The Wigwam invites guests to create new traditions and lasting memories by participating in a variety of activities from morning nature walks to cooking classes, wine-tasting events and more.
TripAdvisor has recognized the Wigwam in its Hall of Fame for five consecutive years of receiving its Certificate of Excellence, most recently in 2015. The Wigwam is located in the affluent community of Litchfield Park, Ariz. – just 15 miles west of downtown Phoenix. Litchfield Park was named the best city in Arizona in which to live by online real estate brokerage, Movoto.