Award winning Sandia Golf Club receives site-wide tee enhancements and drainage upgrade
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – Scottsdale-based Casa Verde Golf was commissioned by Sandia Resort & Casino to undertake the overhaul of all the "island tees" on the resort’s award-winning golf course. The renovation included the re-establishment of all the original tee edges of those positioned within desert surrounds, commonly referred to as island tees.
"The 'before-and-after' of this scope is quite remarkable," noted Jeff Schwinkendorf, Vice President of Casa Verde Golf. "Establishing a clean edge of turf within the native landscape creates not only a stark aesthetical improvement, but also reduces unnecessary maintenance practices."
"This project cannot be viewed as anything other than an immense success," explains Matt Long, General Manager of Sandia Golf Club. "Jeff and his team provided us with a game plan, then set out to execute it. We remain so impressed with the quality of the workmanship and the efficiency in which they performed. Project was completed on time and on budget, and we’ll be enjoying the fruits of their efforts for years to come."
At Sandia, there are 43 individual tees positioned in the desert landscape and all of them were addressed. Once the original edges became properly reestablished, steel edging was used to wrap around the new tee surfaces to limit further migration of turf beyond that which was intended by the original design of the golf course. Upon completion of the edgework, new walk-up configurations, including pavers and new ground cover consisting of two different shades of decomposed granite were implemented on the award-winning Scott Miller-design.
Some of those awards include Golf Digest’s "Top 40 Casino Courses in America," GolfWorld’s "Top 10 New Courses You Can Play," Golf Inc.’s "Golf Development of the Year," and Golfweek Magazine’s "Top 100 Best Resort Courses." Since it’s origination in 2004, Sandia has remained in impeccable condition and consistently ranks amongst the "Best Course You Can Play – New Mexico" in Golfweek Magazine.
Casa Verde Golf also installed nearly 600 linear feet of 10-inch and 12-inch pipe, and tie-ins with existing drainage system, to better mitigate the conveyance of water traversing the site from the adjacent foothills. In years past, significant rain water and melted snow would careen through the site, often carrying sediment and other debris from upstream of the golf course, littering the fairway turf in its wake. Casa Verde Golf’s efforts were aimed at capturing enough of this water and piping it under fairways so that this undesirable byproduct would be avoided.
"General Manager Matt Long and his team were instrumental to the success of this project," said Schwinkendorf. "The support and professionalism they showed us is further evidence of the level of quality this facility has attained."
For more information on Casa Verde Golf, visit casaverdegolf.com, or call (480) 400-1196.
About Casa Verde Golf
Casa Verde Golf is a licensed, bonded and insured firm focused on golf course construction and renovation projects of all sizes and scope. With an unwavering drive of providing the finest workmanship throughout all endeavors, Casa Verde Golf is focused on delivering the highest level of service in the golf construction industry. With a proven track record, Casa Verde Golf’s recent work includes numerous projects spanning the country with a concentration in the southwest region. Visit casaverdegolf.com to get more information, or call (480) 400-1196. You can also follow Casa Verde Golf on Twitter at @CasaVerdeGolf.
About Sandia Golf Club
Sandia Golf Club was developed by the Pueblo of Sandia as an amenity of the Sandia Resort & Casino. The club features an 18-hole, par-72 golf course designed by Scott Miller that plays 5,113 yards from the forward tees and 7,772 yards from the back tees. Sandia Golf Club opened for public play in 2005 under the management of OB Sports Golf Management. The memorable layout weaves its way through rugged high-desert terrain with panoramic views of the Sandia Mountains and greater Albuquerque area. Another amenity of the club, The Event Center at Sandia Golf Club, opened in 2015. This state-of-the-art facility serves as a great space to host large golf tournaments, banquets, weddings, corporate meetings, conferences, charity events and more. For more information about Sandia Golf Club, visit www.sandiagolf.com, call (505) 796-7500, like on Facebook, follow on Twitter and view on its YouTube channel.
About Sandia Resort & Casino
Featuring deluxe accommodations and luxury amenities, Albuquerque’s Sandia Resort & Casino provides incomparable comfort and uncompromising service. Touted as New Mexico’s premier casino resort, Sandia offers the latest in table games, poker, slot machines, bingo, full service spa and an award-winning championship golf course – all within the beautiful vista of the stunning Sandia Mountains. For more information visit www.sandiacasino.com, or call 1 (800) 526-9366.
About OB Sports
Sandia Golf Club is professionally managed by OB Sports Golf Management, a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success in the golf industry. OB Sports currently manages around 60 premier golf courses and country clubs throughout the United States, while expanding its international footprint to include Royal Blue Golf Club at Baha Mar in Nassau, Bahamas, and Dumbarnie Golf Links in Fife, Scotland. Known for its comprehensive and personalized services since 1972, OB Sports has become widely acclaimed as the leader in boutique-style golf course management. Named a Top 100 Business in Golf by the National Golf Foundation in 2018, visit obsports.com to get more information, or call (480) 948-1300. Become a Fan of OB Sports on Facebook, follow OB Sports on Twitter, or visit the OB Sports YouTube channel.
Jeff Schwinkendorf | (480) 400-1196