We-Ko-Pa Golf Club’s New Coore & Crenshaw Designed
Saguaro Course To Open December 16th To Daily Fee Play


Fort McDowell, Ariz.Nearly five years to the day since We-Ko-Pa Golf Club opened their first golf course – Cholla – the Golf Club will debut their new Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw designed Saguaro Course on December 16th, 2006.

Named after the iconic symbol of Arizona and the Sonoran Desert, the saguaro cactus, We-Ko-Pa’s Saguaro (pronounced sa· war· o) promises to be a desert golf experience unlike any other in the state.  Architects Bill Coore and Ben Crenshaw integrated design elements into the 6,912-yard, par-71 golf course not commonly seen in the desert Southwest. Saguaro is much like the older more traditional courses, where greens are close to tees and the course follows the natural movement of the land making walking easy and enjoyable. The course also features stabilized decomposed granite cart paths so it blends seamlessly into the surrounding desert.  

Battery-powered, walk-behind carts will also be available for golfers choosing to walk. 

In Saguaro, Coore and Crenshaw re-introduced the all-important art form of tying the entrances to the greens into the greens themselves. The majority of the greens are open in front to allow for run-up shots. It is the subtle pitch and roll of the terrain on the approach to the greens that give each hole much of its unique playing characteristics.

When playing Saguaro, the boney ground and natural slopes may add an element of "sting" to the course, as the golf ball will bounce and roll along the native terrain. This is by design and is a strategic element on-which both Coore and Crenshaw placed great emphasis. 

Open since December 2001, We-Ko-Pa Golf Club’s Cholla course is one of the most highly-acclaimed layouts to open in Arizona. Accolades include: Top Ten Best New Courses in the World, Sports Illustrated; 2002 Development of the Year, Golf Inc. Magazine; Best New Public Course, The Arizona Republic; Top 40 Daily Fee Golf Course in US, 2006 GOLF Magazine; one of the “50 Most Popular Golf Courses in the US” by the 2006-07 ZAGAT Survey.  We-Ko-Pa is owned by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and is managed by Scottsdale-based EF Golf and OB Sports. For more information on We-Ko-Pa or for tee times, visit them online at www.wekopa.com or call (480) 836-9000.

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