PHOENIX (3TV/CBS5) -- The golf club at the Phoenician has risen from the ashes.
After a 10-month renovation, the golf course at one of the Valley’s most iconic resorts is now open for play.
Redesigned and re-routed, the course is now an 18-hole layout (originally 27-holes) that will challenge both the expert and occasional golfers. Yardage for the par-71 layout is 6,518 from the championship tees, and a more leisurely 4,594 yards from the forward tees.
The redesign was led by architect Phil Smith, who has led projects at TPC Scottsdale and Superstition Mountain and previously did design work with golfing legends Jack Nicklaus and Tom Weiskopf.
Golfers will also enjoy an entirely new fleet of Club Car golf carts, complete with a touch-screen entertainment and navigation system.
Completion of the course and clubhouse are two of the final pieces of a multi-million dollar renovation of the 30-year-old resort. A Tavern at the site of the one-time Relish Burger Bistro is set to open sometime in 2019.
The process of converting the golf course from 27-holes to 18-holes was an expensive one, but comes with an additional financial benefit. Resort operators are seeking to plot some of the now-unused land around the resort for additional high-end home sites.
The Phoenician is located at 6000 E. Camelback Road in Scottsdale.