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Posted: Monday, August 11, 2014 8:34 am

The renovation project at Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, named among the “Top 100 Courses You Can Play” by Golf Magazine, has progressed well and the front nine holes are open for play.

The significant renovation project is aimed at improving the course’s playability for leisure players while maintaining the challenges and shot-values enjoyed by experienced golfers.

The enhancements include a complete bunker renovation, additional tee boxes, expanded landing areas and other design improvements on several holes. Plans also include a hybrid conversion of the practice facility to serve as a six-hole short course in the afternoon and a traditional driving range during peak times of the day.

The project started in May and is expected to be completed by September.

Additional enhancements include revegetation of native grasses and many transitions between bunker edges and native desert. A new back tee will be added on No. 1 while new forward tees are added on holes 5, 8, 12, 15 and 17. Improvements on No. 17 also include a nearly full redesign with an expansion of the green, reshaping of a large dune to open sightlines to the hole, and changes to the bunker complex around the green.

For more information on Ak-Chin Southern Dunes Golf Club, visit www.golfsoutherndunes.com

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