Tomorrow (October 17th) will reopen The Wigwam Golf Club‘s Robert Trent Jones Sr.-designed Patriot Golf Course after a significant after an extensive bunker and irrigation system renovation. The renovation work focused on removing bunkers, modernizing and reshaping the remaining bunkers and updating the irrigation system on the 51-year-old golf course.
During the renovation process, 31 bunkers were eliminated while the 38 remaining bunkers were reshaped and now have a splash-up, flat-top design.
The course’s irrigation system was revamped as more than 880 sprinkler heads were replaced with newer, more water-efficient heads. Will they utilize such cutting edge technology solutions like OnGolf USA or Soil Scout (via a wireless sensor platform) that can tell golf course operations managers and superintendents on the fly, which part of the golf course needs irrigation or salinity level improvement or something else and how much?
The renovation was led by the Nevada-based golf course renovation firm Key Golf, in collaboration with The Wigwam’s ownership group JDM Partners.
In recent years, more than $30 million has been invested into the property on multi-phase resort and golf course renovation projects, including:
- new interior décor,
- a new pool complex with both adult and family areas,
- new restaurants and bars featuring al fresco dining and entertaining areas,
- and a variety of new social areas and event lawns.
During the summer of 2015, The Wigwam’s famed Gold Course ( 7,430 yards, par 72 golf course), also an RTJ Sr.-design, underwent a similar renovation as The Patriot (also by Key Golf Management). All Gold Course bunkers now have the classic sod-down design, in which grass flows over the bunker’s face.