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Terravita Golf and Country Club to begin golf course renovation project April 1st

Scottsdale, Ariz. (January 24, 2022) – Terravita Golf & Country Club in Scottsdale, Ariz. will undergo a seven-month golf course renovation and enhancement project led by golf course architect and Scottsdale-resident Phil Smith. The project will begin on April 1, 2022 and will be focused on the irrigation system, bunkers, green complexes and turf improvements on the 28-year-old course. Heritage Links, a leader in golf course construction and renovation, will be executing the construction work, which is expected to be completed by November. 

 Smith’s master plan was developed in collaboration with the club’s Greens Committee and was approved by Terravita Golf & Country Club members in 2021. The project will include rebuilding all 18 greens and resurfacing with Tiff Eagle Bermuda grass; adding and eliminating tee boxes; reshaping fairways; and installing a new state-of-the-art irrigation system. All bunkers will also be modified, reshaped and rebuilt incorporating a technically advanced drainage and liner system featuring Capillary Concrete. This new generation lining method increases the speed at which water flows through the bunker, minimizing washouts, reducing maintenance and producing superior playability.

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“It has been my honor to work with the Terravita Golf & Country Club team the past two years as we navigated the Master Planning process,” said Smith. “This coming summer, every component of the golf course will be re-imagined and re-built to compete with the renowned courses in the greater Scottsdale market.  I will use my 33-plus years of experience as a golf course architect to create a visually stunning, challenging, and fun-to-play course for Terravita members.  I am excited to partner with Troon and Heritage Links to make the golf course new again!”  

 The Billy Casper and Greg Nash-designed course, set in one of the most scenic and colorful scenic stretches of Sonoran Desert, originally opened for play in 1994. The course plays to a par of 72 and measures 7,075 yards from the championship tees. 

 “Terravita members overwhelmingly supported this renovation, and the leadership from the Board of Directors has been tremendous,” said Terravita Golf & Country Club’s General Manager Rich Riffle. “I am excited to lead this project and see Phil Smith’s Master Plan come to life.” 

 Courses renovated by Heritage Links, a division of Lexicon, Inc., include Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Ariz., Princeville Makai Golf Club in Kauai, and Desert Mountain’s Renegade Course, a 2020 finalist for Golf Inc. magazine’s Renovation of the Year award.

Terravita Golf & Country Club is managed by Troon Privé, the private club operating division of Troon, the world’s leading golf management company.  For more information on Terravita Golf & Country Club, visit

About Terravita
Terravita is a private, member owned community set on 823 acres in North Scottsdale. Terravita, Del Webb's first all-age community, was developed in late 1993 and turned over to the membership in 1998. The name, Terravita, comes from the Latin words terra (land or earth) and vita (life), creating the harmony of land and life. In 2019, the club unveiled a newly remodeled clubhouse featuring enhanced dining options and an expanded bar experience, while maximizing the scenic views of the surrounding desert and mountain vistas. 

About Troon
Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at 630-plus locations around the globe, including managing 650-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages 615-plus food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45-plus states and 30-plus countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Indigo Sports, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Peter Burwash International, Casa Verde Golf, and RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design. For additional news and information, visit

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