Bulldozer at Encanto Golf Course
City of Phoenix golf property to reveal bunker upgrades as the course reopens to the public on Saturday, October 26, 2019

SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — Casa Verde Golf, in partnership with the City of Phoenix, has undertaken a systematic process of improving all sand bunkers throughout the property beginning September 9, 2019. Over the span of approximately seven weeks, the Scottsdale-based Casa Verde Golf has extracted all contaminated sand, reshaped bunker floors and faces, installed drainage, then completed the process by placing new bunker sand throughout.

“We’ve had the privilege of working on a number of City of Phoenix golf courses including Aguila, Cave Creek and now Encanto,” said Jeff Schwinkendorf, Vice President of Casa Verde Golf, a wholly owned subsidiary of OB Sports Golf Management. “When you consider the history of these older courses, it’s really an honor to help breathe new life into them.”

Designed by prolific golf course architect William P. Bell, and built in 1935, Encanto is located in the core of Phoenix’s historic district. Boasting wide fairways and spectacular views of downtown Phoenix, it is also known as the third oldest golf course in the entire state of Arizona. Regrettably, Encanto has long suffered from a number of adverse circumstances creating less than favorable playing conditions throughout the bunkers. Bunker faces and edges have degraded over time, drainage was non-existent, and the sand had become overwhelmingly contaminated. Casa Verde Golf was selected to spearhead the improvements directed at mitigating the condition of the bunkers and restoring them to desirable playable conditions.

“While we were working on site, golfers would actually approach us and tell us how happy they were that we were improving the bunkers,” said Steve Young, Casa Verde Golf Project Manager. “Everyone has been so positive, despite the minor inconvenience of the construction.”

Following overseeding, with Encanto scheduled to reopen its doors and fairways on Saturday, October 26, the golfing public will be treated to enhanced bunkers as well as lush green turf. Also worth noting is the newly renovated clubhouse restaurant, “The Encanto Tavern,” serving up fresh local favorites such as the “Sonoran Dog” and the “Poblano & Gouda Grilled Cheese Sandwich.”

“The Bunker work that Casa Verde Golf has recently completed at Encanto Golf Course is definitely going to add to the golfing experience at this City of Phoenix course,” said Ron Lopez, Encanto Golf Course Superintendent. “The long overdue project will be appreciated by the members as well as all players.”

For more information and to book your next starting time at Encanto Golf Course, visit www.phoenix.gov/parks/golf/phoenix-golf-courses/encanto-18 or call (602) 534-GOLF.

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 OB Sports
OB Sports Golf Management is a diversified, golf-oriented company with a long history of success in the golf industry. Acquired by Troon in March 2019, OB Sports is a division of the world’s largest golf management company. 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