The Ritz Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain News

February 19, 2008

Jack Nicklaus Signature Courses at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain to Host Accenture Match Play Championship Beginning 2009

The prestigious World Golf Championships - Accenture Match Play Championship has chosen The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain’s Jack Nicklaus Signature Courses in northwest Tucson, Arizona, as the 2009 site for its annual PGA TOUR stop. The tournament has been played on the neighboring Gallery South Course in 2007 and 2008.  The new Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain courses will offer an ideal location for the tournament, with Jack Nicklaus incorporating not only the natural Sonoran Desert and breathtaking views of the Tortolita Mountains into each hole but carefully considering the specific needs of the match play tournament format as he designed the challenging layout.

“We are delighted with Accenture’s decision to utilize Jack Nicklaus’ latest masterpiece at the new Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain for this world-class tournament,” said David Mehl, owner and co-developer of the project. “This decision solidifies the Dove Mountain community as one of the most exclusive in the Southwest and puts us on the map as a national golf destination.”

The Accenture Match Play Championship is part of the World Golf Championships, a series of global events that bring the world’s best golfers together in competition in various formats at a variety of venues.

Twenty-seven holes of golf and a 50,000-square-foot clubhouse complex are currently under construction and scheduled for completion in January 2009, with an additional nine holes of golf planned for 2010. The first 18 holes, comprising the two tournament nines, are par 72 measuring 7,833 yards, while the third nine measures 3,974 yards at par 36. The routing of the final nine holes is complete but exact yardage has yet to be finalized.

“Obviously we're tailoring the golf course towards the Match Play Championship, in the area of 7,800 yards,” said Nicklaus. “At this altitude, though, you're taking about 4 percent off that so you're basically at a 7,500-yard golf course, which is fine for professionals.”

Nicklaus also designed these Signature Courses to accommodate the best gallery areas for viewing the unique match-play tournament format and has worked to make the courses a pleasure for the players as well as the galleries to walk.  In addition, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain was designed with the environment in mind, with irrigation for the golf courses provided completely by reclaimed water from Tucson Water Company.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain courses will still emphasize playability and aesthetic appeal for all golfers, though, as they will be available to a select membership as well as guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain resort. A total of 493 golf memberships for the planned 36-hole club are dedicated to owners of The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain and a limited number of non-resident members. To ensure the finest golf experience for both the resort guest and the Golf Club member, play will alternate between the courses each day to provide a private members-only experience. 

 “For the non-professionals, we have a golf course that sets up at around 6,700 yards, which actually plays about 6,400-6,450 yards at this elevation,” said Nicklaus. “You want to challenge them, but you also want them to make some birdies.”

“Hosting the Accenture Match Play Championship has catapulted Marana and Southern Arizona's profile as a golf destination,” said the Honorable Ed Honea, Mayor of Marana. “Over 140 countries and 350-plus million households tune into this prestigious television event. The Championship will have an impact of over $100 million to our community, the largest impact of any single event here. We are honored that Accenture and the PGA TOUR are giving Marana residents, visitors and business leaders the opportunity to show them our fine Southwestern hospitality and style, and know that The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain will provide the best setting they’ve ever experienced.”

About the World Golf Championships- Accenture Match Play Championship
The International Federation of PGA Tours, formed in 1996, created the World Golf Championships to enhance the competitive structure of professional golf worldwide while preserving the traditions and strengths of the six member Tours. The member Tours are the Asian Tour, European Tour, Japan Golf Tour, PGA TOUR, PGA Tour of Australasia, and Southern Africa Tour. The Canadian Tour is named an Associate Member of the Federation.

The Accenture Match Play Championship, which brings together the world's top 64 golfers in a unique head-to-head match-play competition, was founded in 1999 and was held in Arizona for the first time in February 2007 at The Gallery Golf Club at Dove Mountain.  It was announced during that event that the Accenture Match Play Championship, after another year at The Gallery, would move to The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain for the February 2009 tournament.

Approximately $1.5 million was raised by The World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in 2007.  The funds raised during the event are designated for The Tucson Conquistadores youth charities.  More than 150 charities will benefit, including The First Tee of Tucson, Special Olympics Pima County, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson, Sierra Vista and Santa Cruz County.

"This event is a great fit in the Greater Tucson community," said Mike Garten, executive director of the Accenture Match Play Championship. "We are truly looking forward to being at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain to play a course designed specifically for this event by the legendary Jack Nicklaus."

About Accenture
Accenture is a global management consulting, technology services and outsourcing company. Committed to delivering innovation, Accenture collaborates with its clients to help them become high-performance businesses and governments. With deep industry and business process expertise, broad global resources and a proven track record, Accenture can mobilize the right people, skills and technologies to help clients improve their performance. With more than 126,000 people in 48 countries, the company generated net revenues of US$15.55 billion for the fiscal year ended Aug. 31, 2005. Its home page is

About The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain
The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain is an essential component within a landmark half-billion-dollar 850-acre Ritz-Carlton community in northwest Tucson’s high Sonoran Desert.  The Golf Club will serve The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain, a 250-room resort, as well as 300 luxury single-family homes at The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain. Twenty-seven holes of golf and the 50,000-square-foot clubhouse complex are already under construction and scheduled for completion in January 2009, with an additional nine holes of golf planned for 2010.  The Nicklaus Signature Courses will emphasize playability and aesthetic appeal while still posing a significant challenge to the world’s best golfers, who will experience the layout starting with the World Golf Championships-Accenture Match Play Championship in February 2009.  For further information, please visit: or call (407) 206-6208. For media inquiries, please contact Amanda Conti ( or Jordan Blakesley ( at (303) 333-1402.



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