Wigwam Restored to Former Glory

The Wigwam Golf Resort and Spa has completed a $5 million renovation to its golf facilities. The project took place over the summer and has helped restore the grandeur of two of its three courses, the Gold and Blue. Also involved was the development of one of the Southwest’s most extensive practice facilities. Golf architect Forrest Richardson oversaw the enhancements of the courses, which were originally designed by Robert Trent Jones, Sr.

At the Gold course, special attention was given to recreate the “heroic strategies” envisioned by Jones. Bunkers were reshaped and greens expanded using aerial photos from the 1960s. Tee boxes were elongated and a fourth set of tees added. The Gold now plays nearly 7,600 yards from the tips, justifiably earning the moniker, “Arizona’s Monster.”

Considerable changes were made to Blue as well, including a complete reconstruction of two holes. The 15th hole now features an island green, while the 17th hole has been recreated to simulate Augusta National’s par-3 16th, a hole re-designed by Jones.

Also part of the project was a state-of-the-art practice and learning facility, located just steps from the clubhouse. With a 350-foot wide, dual-ended driving range, target greens, and three separate greens for putting, chipping and pitching, the facility is now among Arizona’s most spacious.

The centerpiece for Wigwam’s golfers is now the new “Village Green,” a two-acre putting green and garden available to guests day or night. Rolling putting surfaces meander through giant saguaros, flowers and a Sonoran desert landscape.

Built in 1918 as a retreat for visiting executives from the Goodyear Tire and Rubber Company, Wigwam Golf Resort & Spa opened to the public in 1929 and recently celebrated its 75th anniversary. In 2005, the resort was updated with more than $15 million in renovations. The facilityj is now owned by Kabuto Arizona Properties, Inc., and is operated by Starwood Hotels and Resorts Worldwide as part of The Luxury Collection. The casita-style resort features 331 guestrooms, 54 holes of golf, fine cuisine and great service. The Wigwam is located 25 minutes west of Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in the burgeoning West Valley area of Phoenix.

For more information, visit www.wigwamresort.com.