Ambiente Golf Course Set to Open Soon at JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort & Spa

Jason Straka of Fry/Straka Global Golf Course Design has completed the design of Ambiente golf course at Camelback Golf Club at JW Marriott Camelback Inn Resort & Spa in Scottsdale, Ariz. The course, which opens for play in November, is the first new golf-course development project in the Phoenix-Scottsdale and Paradise Valley areas in over five years.

"It was a privilege to work with Marriott to create Ambiente," says Straka. "I am excited for golfers to experience its tumbling wide fairways, intriguing contours, eye-popping bunkering and wonderful blend of native vegetation. I believe golfers of all abilities will find a playable, memorable and fun round of golf in an environmentally beneficial setting."

The name "Ambiente," the Spanish word for "environment," reflects the ecologically-sensitive character of the layout's architectural plan. The course features a desert look and involved restoration of native habitat.

Ambiente has only 90 acres of maintained turf, with the property's remaining 110 acres planted in a native mix of desert riparian plants, upland desert trees, shrubs and grasses, and various native winter and summer desert wildflowers. In 2008 Camelback Golf Club was designated a Certified Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary, and Ambiente's design reflects those parameters.

The original flat site now contains rolling contours to moderate flood events from the internal Indian Bend and Berneil washes and to enhance play. The course also features eight new bridges, five sets of tees, strategically placed bunkers and large greens.

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