Fewer bunkers, better conditions make The Wigwam's Patriot golf course more resort friendly

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. -- The renovations continue at The Wigwam resort, this time with the second of three golf courses to be redone in recent years, the Patriot Course.

Like The Wigwam's Gold Course, which was renovated a year ago by Tom Lehman, the Patriot Course is also a Robert Trent Jones, Sr. design, but at 6,000 yards, considerably shorter. This time the work was done by Key Golf -- a renovation and maintenance firm based in Nevada and specializing in Southwestern-style courses. Key Golf has collaborated with The Wigwam's ownership group, JDM Partners, to carry out the work.

"The Patriot Course looks and feels like a new golf course," said Leo Simonetta, director of golf at The Wigwam Golf Club. "The new white-sand bunkers set against the emerald green and striped fairways look amazing. In addition, the new irrigation system will allow our agronomy team to offer consistent and pristine playing conditions on The Patriot Course."

Like the Gold Course, bunkers were removed and renovated. In all, the Patriot Course has 31 fewer bunkers with the remaining 38 modernized with new shapes and white sand. The golf course's bunkering now has a splash-up, flat-top design. Further work included the replacement of 880 sprinkler heads throughout the course, as part of the improvements to the irrigation system.

Dec 29, 2016

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Mike Bailey is a senior staff writer based in Houston. Focusing primarily on golf in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean and Latin America with an occasional trio to Europe and beyond, he contributes course reviews, travel stories and features as well as the occasional equipment review. An award-winning writer and past president of Texas Golf Writers Association, he has more than 25 years in the golf industry. Before accepting his current position in 2008, he was on staff at PGA Magazine, The Golfweek Group and AvidGolfer Magazine. Follow Mike on Twitter at @MikeBaileyGA and Instagram at @MikeStefanBailey.