A public/private partnership between the City of Phoenix, Arizona State University (ASU) and the Arizona Golf Community Foundation (AGCF) this month will begin construction of a state-of-the-art clubhouse and practice facility at Papago Golf Course. The clubhouse, which includes a restaurant and bar, is expected to be completed next Spring. Additional elements include a private, ASU Golf team practice facility, improvements to the public practice facilities and a new entrance to the course off McDowell Road, all of which are scheduled for completion in Fall 2018.
The Papago Golf Course practice area will be closed toward the end of first quarter 2018 and reopen fall 2018. Papago Golf Course will remain open throughout the project.
The AGCF is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to promoting and protecting public golf in Arizona, and was given course management responsibility in 2014. Papago Golf Course is managed under contract with OB Sports who will continue to oversee day-to-day golf course operations.
No City of Phoenix taxpayer funds will be used for the project. Funding for the clubhouse was secured through donations made by the Lou and Evelyn Grubb Foundation – a fund at the Arizona Community Foundation – assisted by their son, Dan Grubb, on behalf of the Grubb family.
A practice facility solely for use by ASU’s Men’s and Women’s Golf teams will be developed from capital received from Arizona State University and the ASU Foundation. The ASU Golf team practice area was designed by Phil Mickelson Design.
“This is a big win for Phoenix, ASU and golf lovers throughout the Valley,” said Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton. “This partnership will spur economic growth in the area, enhance both Papago Golf Course for all recreational uses, provide ASU Golf with a premier facility in the heart of our valley, and further solidify Phoenix as one of the best golfing destinations in the country.”
Improvements to the public practice facility, as well as the new entrance road off McDowell Road, are scheduled to begin in Q1 of 2018. Additionally, the current public-use practice facility and tee-surface area will be significantly increased from its current size, and new practice facility targets, as well as new putting and chipping areas, are also planned as the project moves forward.