Renovations and Upgrades Designed to Enhance Golfers’ Experience
For the past year, staff at Troon North Golf Club have dreamt up ways to make an already award-winning golf experience better for their guests. Many improvements have come to fruition, while other projects will begin as the temperatures rise.
the troon courses
Change is on the horizon for Pinnacle, mirroring the work completed last October on Monument. Both 18-hole, Tom Weiskopf-designed golf courses are top rated in Arizona and on the list of the top 100 courses in the country by Golf Magazine. Pinnacle is No. 25 on the list and Monument is No. 58.
Troon North resurfaced all 18 greens of the Monument course with new bentgrass. It’s one of the few courses in Arizona that has the grass, known as the preferred putting surface for golfers. They also relined the bunkers and added new Pioneer sand. Pinnacle will follow suit with renovations this summer. Don’t worry, golfers, Monument will stay open for business.
“Desert golf is unique, but what makes Troon North even more special is the elevation changes and amazing views. Also, the land Troon North was built on is full of large boulders and rock formations,” Mike Friend, director of sales for Troon North Golf Club, says.
high-tech golf carts
Troon North also purchased a new fleet of golf carts, which they do every few years. The new carts are equipped with GPS and USB ports. Standard bench seats are a thing of the past, as their newer models sport upgraded bucket seats.
The GPS feature maps the course and geo targets the cart, showing golfers their location and providing exact yardage. No need to look for sprinkler heads with this new system. The USB ports allow golfers to plug in to play music or charge their phones. Ice-filled coolers for beers or sodas are a nice touch on a warm day.
November through April, Troon North offers forecaddie service for an additional fee. This is a new service they began last season and is available through Caddiemaster. One forecaddie goes along with each group and can service an entire foursome. They give advice about the course, help find balls when needed and enhance the overall golf experience.
“It’s pretty unique and not many courses offer this service,” Friend says. “Caddiemaster is the leader in caddies. They run caddie programs in the top private clubs and resorts around the country.”
A forecaddie should be scheduled in advance, preferably when setting up a tee time. Troon North does its best to honor day-of requests, but the staff doesn’t recommend it.
Dynamite Grille isn’t just for golfers. Nongolfers are also encouraged to stop in and enjoy the food, music, casual setting and spectacular views. The restaurant has a wall of windows that faces northwest, overlooking the Pinnacle golf course with its fairways, boulders, desert landscaping and sunset skies.
Dynamite Grille has added theme nights to shake things up. Wednesday, it’s Italian, and Thursday is smokehouse night. The chef offers barbecue specials to the tune of live music. They serve up prime rib and fish fry on Fridays. Sometimes they have live music on Saturdays as well.
The music is acoustic, and they play a wide variety of genres from country to rock. It’s loud enough to tap your toe, but not too loud to have a conversation.
If you’re not sure what to order the next time you stop in, Friend recommends the Reuben sandwich or the sliders and says the french fries are a must.
Visit TroonNorthGolf.com to view the Dynamite Grille menu and for best available rates and tee times.