Heckenkemper remodel opens in Las Vegas

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The Club at Sunrise, formerly known as Desert Rose, is now open for play.  The course was closed in 2013 as part of a major drainage project to eventually remove 1,700 homes from a FEMA flood plain.

The project was undertaken by several governmental agencies within Clark County, Nevada.  Originally designed by Dick Wilson and John Lee in 1964, the course was completely redesigned by Randy Heckenkemper and Conor Cummings of Heckenkemper Golf Course Design teamed with CH2M Hill Engineering.

As part of the design modifications, each hole was shifted away from adjacent homes to enhance the golfing experience. The golf holes are elevated above a meandering low flow storm channel that widens out at landing areas and greens. Each hole is gently contoured and minimal rough allows players to execute a links style ground game.

Strategically placed sand bunkers have been constructed using Better Billy Bunker liner.  The golf course was built by Wadsworth Golf Construction Company.  Toro Idrrigation utilizing individual sprinkler head IP addresses was installed to eliminate the need for field controllers. The irrigation design was prepared by Terry Little.

  Platinum TE Paspalum developed by Ron R. Duncan, Ph.D. was chosen for turfgrass due to its unprecedented aesthetics.  Its dark green color results in superior striping and is used wall to wall throughout the course, allowing mowing pattern modifications to meet the playability requirements of the architects

ffffffThe Platinum TE exhibits high salt tolerance which is ideal for the reclaimed irrigation source.  Each hole is framed outside the cart paths with decomposed granite and pine trees, reducing irrigation requirements for 25 acres.  The course superintendent is Scott Sutton who has been onsite throughout the construction and grow-in.


KemperSports manages The Club at Sunrise with Matt Kalbak as the General Manager.  For more information please visit www.theclubatsunrise.com.


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