By Roland Murphy for Arizona Builder’s Exchange
Plans were submitted last month to Scottsdale’s Development Review Board for a new clubhouse and a set of 18 guest villas as part of YAM Management’s ongoing renovation and expansion of Scottsdale National Golf Club near 122nd Street and Dynamite Boulevard/Rio Verde Drive.
In a series of three purchases, Valley entrepreneur Bob Parsons acquired the former Golf Club Scottsdale and two surrounding properties, combining the total 650 acres with the goal of creating a “national” golf course in the manner of Augusta, Westchester and others.
The project’s ultimate vision consists of a creating a new 18-hole championship golf course and a Par Three course, a remodel of the existing course and building the new clubhouse, guest villas and support/administrative structures.
The proposed 171KSF clubhouse will replace the existing facility, which would have needed excessive renovations and modifications to meet the standards and vision of the new development.
The new building will feature expanded dining areas as well as areas for larger parties and guests. Locker room, spa, pro shop and administration facilities will be included to handle the anticipated volume of guests. An underground parking and golf cart storage facility will also be constructed.
As one of the few golf courses in Arizona not part of a master planned residential development, according to the planning documents, the villas proposed on the site would be created to accommodate members and their guests on an overnight or short term basis.
Villas will be single-story with four bedrooms and bathrooms, a central living room, bar area and hotel-style kitchen. Ten villas are planned for the first phase of development, with the remaining eight to follow.
Both the clubhouse and villas are intended to create a luxury experience that ties in closely with the surrounding natural landscape, which offers views of Fraesfield Mountain and Four Peaks. Landscaping will retain existing native plants and vegetation wherever possible. Additional low-water plant materials will be integrated as needed for aesthetics and screening.
Since the planners anticipate this will be the last golf construction in north Scottsdale, the goal is to showcase the area’s natural beauty, preserve and enhance existing natural structures such as washes and rock formations, protect wildlife migration and habitat, and adhere closely to other sensitive design principles. Approximately 258 acres are expected to be held as Natural Area Open Space.
In terms of architectural vision, the goal is a modern interpretation of the traditional Southwest hacienda style. The clubhouse walls will feature adobe and weathered brick veneer accented by stone veneers and battered facings on some masses. The roof will be clad in weathered copper.
All member and guest services will be located on the main floor and a basement level will be created to house parking and system/staff support areas while maintaining a single story look and feel.
The approximately 2,900SF villas will tie in visually with the clubhouse with adobe block and mortar-washed brick veneers, stone veneers, and weathered copper cladding on the roofs.
Other structures and plans for this phase of the development include a guardhouse at the main entrance, a maintenance facility, an irrigation pump station enclosure, and shaded comfort stations for players.
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