Par-3 Course Opens at Sun City Shadow Hills in California's Coachella Valley

A new par-3 layout opened February 1st at Sun City Shadow Hills. The short nine - called North - compliments the existing, regulation-length South course at the facility in Indio, Calif., which is open to members and visitors alike.

The new nine, designed by Schmidt-Curley - which also crafted South - is part of the third phase of the Sun City Shadow Hills community built by Del Webb. The new layout makes use of natural plant materials that consume less water and promote ecologically-friendly agronomic practices.

Planted with Hybrid Bermuda grass and dotted with flowering shrubs, the par-3 contains holes ranging from 135 to 210 yards. Approximately 40 percent of the course is golf turf. The layout also features several water features, fairway undulations and a variety of tee boxes to challenge both seasoned and beginning golfers.

"The North Course is visually stunning and enjoyable," says lead designer Grant Haserot of Schmidt-Curley Design. "We created a unique look and feel to the Coachella Valley by incorporating natural desert areas into the design rather than a wall to wall carpet of unblemished turf."

"This course is a perfect mix of water-efficiency, diverse play and natural beauty," added Ryan Stremsrud, general manager of Shadow Hills. "A par-3 layout is much friendlier and less time-consuming than a full-length course, especially for new golfers."

Shadow Hills Golf Club is enrolled in Audubon International's Cooperative Sanctuary Program to ensure protection of the local environment, conserve natural resources and protect wildlife habitats.

The North course opened with the new 15,700-square-foot Santa Rosa clubhouse, which contains the pro shop. The South course at Shadow Hills is augmented by the 35,000-square-foot Montecito clubhouse.

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