Grand Canyon University to redesign, manage Maryvale Golf Course

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

PHOENIX -- Grand Canyon University has entered into a 30-year operating agreement with the city of Phoenix to redesign and manage Maryvale Golf Course.

As part of the agreement, GCU will completely renovate the public golf course with new greens, tee boxes, bunkers, extended fairways, updated practice facilities and a new 10,000-square-foot clubhouse, according to a news release from the university.

The course will be lengthened from its current yardage of approximately 6,700 yards to 7,200 yards during the renovation.

"This is such a unique piece of property with great history," said Brian Mueller, president and CEO of Grand Canyon University. "With the changes we've got planned, we believe this will be one of the premier public golf courses in the state at very affordable rates."

The course, located at 59th Avenue and Indian School Road in Phoenix, will be shut down in January for renovations and reopen next October. The course will be renamed once it reopens.

Green fees, which are set by the city of Phoenix, will remain unchanged after the renovations, according to Mueller.

Phoenix City Councilman Daniel Valenzuela, who grew up learning golf at Maryvale, said the course is in disrepair and is projected to lose more than $239,000 this year.

"The investment Grand Canyon University is prepared to make in the Maryvale Golf Course is another example of their commitment to our community," Valenzuela said. "The golf course will remain a public course for our residents to enjoy and will become even more of an asset to the city and state. I applaud the city's Parks & Recreation Board for their approval of this agreement and Grand Canyon University for further investing in our community. This truly is a win-win for Phoenix."

The Maryvale men's and women's golf clubs will continue to maintain tournaments and events at the course, and GCU plans to launch an extensive youth program.

The university also will use the site as the home course for its men's and women's golf teams, and has plans to launch a golf management academic program by the fall 2015 semester, according to officials.