Sterling Grove Golf & Country Club, a new semi-private club in Surprise, Arizona, will open for public preview play on 11 February.
“This is not your traditional Arizona golf experience; it has a very distinct look and feel,” said Ryan Stemsrud, general manager of Sterling Grove Golf & Country Club. The 18-hole course by Nicklaus Design is laid out over former farmland and grass has been left tall in places to give a meadow feel. There are more trees than many Arizona courses – over 1,700 – in line with the grove concept. The course also features wide landing areas and undulating greens.
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Sterling Grove, managed by Troon, is the centerpiece of the new 780-acre Sterling Grove Toll Brothers community. The club will ultimately become private but will be open to daily-fee and unaccompanied non-member play as the surrounding community is built out. The layout is the first new golf course to open to public play in Arizona since 2016.