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First New Arizona Public Golf Course In Five Years To Open

First New Arizona Public Golf Course In Five Years To Open

It has been five years since a public golf course opened in the Valley, but that is going to change on Feb. 11.

That is when the new Sterling Grove Golf & Country Club, a new semi-private club in Surprise, will open for limited public play. The 18-hole Nicklaus Design golf course is the first new golf course to open to public play in Arizona since 2016.

The club and the course are being managed by Scottsdale-based Troon and it is the centerpiece of Toll Brothers (NYSE: TOL) Sterling Grove luxury lifestyle community. The 780-acre community will include 2,200 homes with both all-ages and active adult neighborhoods.

The course is the first part of the club to open, but in the coming year a number of other amenities will open including three pools, nine pickleball courts, five tennis courts, bocce courts, locker rooms, a spa, fitness studio, a full service restaurant, a bar and a general convenience store.

Ultimately, the club will become exclusive and for members only, but as the community is being built out, it will be open to daily-fee and unaccompanied non-member play.

“This is not your traditional Arizona golf experience; it has a very distinct look and feel,” Ryan Stemsrud, Sterling Grove’s general manager, said in a statement.

Membership at the West Valley’s newest course will cost a $10,000 initiation fee and a $450 monthly membership fee, Kevin Rosinski, Toll Brother’s senior vice president told the Business Journal in 2020.

The Valley’s golf industry has seen a major increase in rounds played over the last year, mainly due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Golf is one the few activities that has been deemed relatively safe during the pandemic and rounds played and course revenue increased significantly over the year.

But as courses had more people on them, there was a loss in large events and tournaments as well as fewer people eating in restaurants and bars at clubs.

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