Exciting New Project for Troon

The ‘Great Lawn’ at Rolling Hills Golf Club.

Tempe, Arizona, United States: Grass Clippings, a Phoenix-based modern golf brand founded in 2018, has engaged Troon to help execute a US$15 million plan to renovate and enhance the current Rolling Hills Golf Course.

As part of the agreement, Troon will manage the golf and hospitality operations at the new ‘Grass Clippings at Rolling Hills’ golf and entertainment venue, the flagship location for Grass Clippings’ cutting-edge vision.

Scottsdale-based Casa Verde Golf, a Troon Company, is working alongside golf course architects Jackson Kahn Design and Grass Clippings’ Director of Agronomy Scott Hebert, formerly of TPC Scottsdale, on the golf course renovation work, which began in mid-July.

Initial enhancements will include an expanded putting green, installation of modern LED lighting on the 18-hole executive-length golf course and on the practice range, as well as a new state-of-the-art irrigation system to improve turf quality.

New tee boxes will also be added to allow the course to be played from various lengths and angles, including a par-three only option for anyone interested.

In March, Grass Clippings agreed to a 30-year partnership with the City of Tempe to renovate and revitalise the city-owned golf course, located two miles from Arizona State University’s Tempe campus.

Grass Clippings’ property lease began on July 1 with Troon assuming management of daily operations that same day. Over the next 17 months, Grass Clippings and Troon will work together to transform the property, adding full-course lighting for night play, a lighted practice range, an activity lawn and video display, a hilltop bar, a patio bar and clubhouse, and an entertainment venue.

To allow the property to remain open during construction, projects will be executed in phases with full completion targeted for fall 2024.

“Grass Clippings is inspired to work with such an experienced group of golf, food and beverage operators. The partnership allows our core Grass Clippings team to focus on community building, events, and making Grass Clippings the greatest executive golf course in the country,” said Grass Clippings CEO Jake Hoselton.

The new Grass Clippings at Rolling Hills will offer competitions, community, skins games, night golf, food, concert venues, weekly live music, markets, and events. Additionally, the Grass Clippings team will implement junior golf programming that will extend access to a much more diverse community.

“We’re thrilled to be working with the team from Grass Clippings to help bring new life and vibrant energy to Rolling Hills,” said Tony Marino, Vice President of Operations at Troon, an Executive Member of the Asian Golf Industry Federation.

“The mix of real golf, live music and entertainment, and delicious food and beverage all set against the backdrop of the Papago Buttes is an exciting project to be a part of,” added Marino.

Originally designed by Milton Coggins, Rolling Hills features elite topography, elevation change, desert landscape and cheetahs on hole three as the course neighbours the Phoenix Zoo. Once lighting is installed, the course will be open until midnight, allowing golfers to escape Phoenix’s intense sun and heat.

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