Mesa Country Club, near Phoenix, Arizona, has appointed Andy Staples, to renovate its William F. Bell course and will install a new irrigation system to reduce water use.
Holes on the 6,900-yard parkland layout, which opened in 1948, are set among eucalyptus and pines, and play up and down the plateau from which the city got its name. Despite the elevation change, Mesa is known as a walkabout layout.
“All the greens will be rebuilt to USGA standards, greenside bunkers will be renovated to improve playability and, importantly, a new irrigation system will ensure significant water reduction,” said Neil Baier, president of the board at the club, which celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2023.
Staples said: “The big news item here is the water conservation work in relation to the irrigation system upgrade, the lake reduction plan and the low water use in out-of-play areas. This will address the water issues and the upcoming state mandates.”
The club will also proceed with upgrades to its clubhouse.