The Ritz Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain News

August 18, 2008

Construction and Grassing Complete on Jack Nicklaus' Latest Design, Home to 2009 Accenture Match Play Championship

Jack Nicklaus Signature Courses and The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain on Schedule for January 2009 Opening

Eagerly awaited by fans of desert golf, the Jack Nicklaus Signature Courses at The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain will open on January 17, 2009.   Construction and grassing have been completed at The Golf Club, which will host the 2009 Accenture Match Play Championship in February.

Twenty-seven holes of golf and a 50,000-square-foot clubhouse complex currently make up the $60 million Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain. The first 18 holes, comprised of two tournament nines, are par 72, measuring 7,810 yards, while the third nine measures 3,880 yards at par 36. A final nine holes, planned for construction in 2010, will measure 3,780 yards at par 36.

Nicklaus designed his Signature Courses to accommodate the best gallery areas for viewing the unique match-play tournament format, and has worked to make the courses a challenge for the players as well as a pleasure for the spectators. 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.

“I’m pleased with the course,” Nicklaus said.  “It has nice movement to it and great vegetation, with beautiful saguaros.  I tried to create a challenge for Tour players, by incorporating good shot values and strong strategy. At the same, we believe we have made it playable and enjoyable for the members.”

In addition to accommodating world-class events, The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain courses emphasizes playability and aesthetic appeal for all golfers, and will be available to a select membership as well as guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain resort. A total of 493 golf memberships are dedicated to owners of The Residences at The Ritz-Carlton, Dove Mountain and a limited number to non-residents (on an invitational basis only). 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. 

“We’ve created as many as ten pin positions on every green, so the Tour has a variety of options, and the members have enough pin positions that they can do what they need to do," said Nicklaus.

The Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain is a collaboration between Arizona developers Cottonwood Properties and Greenbrier Southwest Corporation and The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, L.L.C. as manager.  Cottonwood Properties, a Tucson-based development company, developed the 27-hole Jack Nicklaus Signature layout at La Paloma Country Club, which is continually singled out for excellence. Greenbrier Southwest Corporation’s golf course involvements in the Southwestern U.S. include the Kierland Golf Club, a 27-hole Scott Miller design in Phoenix; the 18-hole Tom Weiskopf layout at Seven Canyons of Sedona; and the Gary Panks-designed Twin Warriors Golf Club at New Mexico’s Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort.

Since his debut design in 1969, Nicklaus has been involved in the design of 266 courses open for play worldwide, and his business, Nicklaus Design, has 334 courses open for play around the world. Nicklaus Design courses are represented in 32 countries, 39 states, and at least 87 have hosted a combined total of over 600 professional tournaments worldwide or significant national amateur championships. At least 60 Nicklaus Design courses have appeared in various national and international Top 100 lists. The firm currently has projects under construction or under development in 44 different countries.

“We are delighted to have Jack Nicklaus’ artistic genius behind the design of these golf courses, and it’s an honor to work with him again,” said David Mehl, president of Cottonwood Properties, the master developer and owner of Dove Mountain. “This project will solidify Dove Mountain’s position as one of the Southwest’s most exclusive communities and further enhance its reputation as a national golf destination.”

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 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 Jordan Blakesley ( at (303) 333-1402.



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