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Grass Clippings at Rolling Hills reopens

Arizona's first fully lit golf course just weeks away from debut

Tempe, Ariz. (November 6, 2023) – Grass Clippings at Rolling Hills reopened on Friday, November 3rd following a four-month golf course renovation project and recent rye grass overseed. On December 1st, Grass Clippings will become Arizona’s first fully lit golf course as crews are currently finalizing installation of LED lighting around the property. The golf and entertainment venue, the flagship location for Grass Clippings’ cutting-edge vision, is also in the process of adding a hilltop bar, a patio bar and renovated clubhouse, an activity lawn and video display, and an entertainment site with full completion of all projects targeted for fall 2024. Tees times can be made at with play available nightly until 12 a.m. starting in December. 

Golf course architect Jackson Kahn Design, Grass Clippings’ Director of Agronomy Scott Hebert and Scottsdale-based Casa Verde Golf, a Troon Company, executed the golf course renovation work, which included a newly designed 9th hole, new tee boxes, installation of a new state-of-the-art irrigation system to improve turf quality, and a new 15,000 sq. ft. practice putting green. 

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The new Grass Clippings at Rolling Hills can be played during the day as an executive-length golf course and as a par-3 (par 54) golf course at night. The course is available for charity tournaments and events, competitions, skins games, or just fun day or night golf with friends. Plus, Grass Clippings will soon be a concert venue with weekly live music, markets, and events. Additionally, the Grass Clippings team will soon implement junior golf programming that will extend access to a much more diverse community.

“We’re excited to reopen and showoff the progress that has been made on the golf course and the new lighting,” said Grass Clippings CEO Jake Hoselton. “Our agronomy team, led by Director of Agronomy Scott Hebert, has done an incredible job of improving course conditions and consistency. When we turn on the lights in a few weeks, it’s going to be a game changer for golf in the Valley.”

Grass Clippings is a Phoenix-based modern golf brand founded in 2018. In March 2023, Grass Clippings agreed to a 30-year partnership with the City of Tempe to renovate and revitalize the, 93-acre, city-owned golf course, located in the heart of Papago Buttes, two miles from Arizona State University’s Tempe campus. Grass Clippings’ property lease began on July 1st with Scottsdale-based Troon assuming management of daily operations that same day. 

Originally designed as a nine-hole course by Milton Coggins in 1960, Rolling Hills features elite topography, elevation change, desert landscape and cheetahs on hole 3 as the course neighbors the Phoenix Zoo. Golf architect Gary Panks added the second nine holes in 1987.

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About Grass Clippings

Grass Clippings was originally founded in 2018 as a company dedicated to growing the game of golf and celebrating the greenskeepers that make the game possible. In 2019, after hosting the 1st Grass Clippings Open, Grass Clippings launched a line of golf apparel and opened its first retail shop, located at 39th St. and Campbell. The Grass Clippings Open grew rapidly and by 2022 had outgrown its venue. As co-founder Pete Wilson explained, “We needed a venue we could grow with.” The Grass Clippings Open is poised to be the greatest Par 3 golf tournament in the world. On March 2, 2023, the Tempe City Council approved Grass Clippings’ plan to overhaul and operate Rolling Hills Golf Course. Giving way for the tournaments expansion. Follow Grass Clippings at Rolling Hills on Instagram at @grassclippings.Arizona and on Twitter @GrassClippingsc. 

About Troon

Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf and golf-related hospitality management company providing services at 825-plus locations, including 825-plus 18-hole equivalent golf courses around the globe. 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 600-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, ClubUp, Cliff Drysdale Tennis, Peter Burwash International, True Club Solutions, RealFood Hospitality, Strategy and Design, Casa Verde Golf and ICON Management. For additional news and information, visit, or connect with Troon on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Troon Chronicles, Press Room, and via The Turn Podcast.

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