Jon Schmenk of Norby Golf Course Design has, alongside Duininck Golf, completed the second phase of tee renovations at Paako Ridge Golf Club in Sandia Park, New Mexico.
The focus of the project at the club is to modify and modernise tee complexes along with adding new forward tees. Work also includes upgrades to the irrigation system and improving native areas. “This is merely the first step in our overall master plan to further elevate Paako Ridge Golf Club as one of North America’s best properties,” said general manager Bill Delayo.
Paako Ridge lies in the foothills of the Sandia Mountains and typically experiences over 300 days of sunshine a year, and only 14 days of rain. “With the course sitting at an elevation of 6,500 feet, on mountain terrain, the logistical challenges of an operation like this are plentiful, but we’ve been very pleased with the entire [Duininck] team’s operation, professionalism, and ability to deliver on promises,” said Tyler Kirsch, director of marketing and communications at Paako Ridge.
Paako Ridge, originally designed by Ken Dye, opened in 2001. “Though consistently recognised as the best golf course in New Mexico, the infrastructure had begun to deteriorate,” said Schmenk. “We’re renovating each nine in its own phase with specific focus on the tee boxes; including adding a new forward set of tees, reducing regularly irrigated turf, and increasing overall playability, while always protecting the native environment.”
“There’s been an increase in golf renovation projects the past couple years,” said division manager Judd Duininck. “We’re thrilled to be heavily involved nationwide and are excited to be working on such a prestigious property in New Mexico.”
Former PGA Tour golfer Kelly Gibson said: “These renovations give additional play opportunities to players of all ages and skill levels. I’ve worked with Duininck Golf on several projects, and they get the job done. It’s that simple.”