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GoDaddy Founder Envisions Golf Course

GoDaddy founder Bob Parson’s plans to add an 18-hole championship course to his Scottsdale National Golf Club. He hopes the new course will rival Scottsdale’s Estancia Club, which ranks among the best in the world. Photo credit: businessinsider.com

By Parker Leavitt for The Arizona Republic

GoDaddy founder Bob Parsons doesn’t shy away from name-dropping when making comparisons to his vision for a private golf club in the north Scottsdale desert.

Augusta National in Georgia. Pine Valley in New Jersey. Cypress Point in California. Those are some of golf’s most-revered courses, often ranked as the world’s three best.

Someday, you may find Parsons’ Scottsdale National Golf Club on one of those lists.

Parsons is planning to add a new 18-hole championship course, a Par 3 practice course and overnight lodging for members on 650 acres next to Scottsdale’s McDowell Sonoran Preserve, according to plans submitted to the city.

Parsons’ grandiose vision also includes a new 175KSF clubhouse facility — roughly the size of a department store — with expanded dining areas and locker rooms, a bigger pro shop and underground parking.

Parsons, whose wealth is pegged at about $2.1B by Forbes magazine, bought the Golf Club Scottsdale in 2013 and scooped up hundreds of adjacent acres in 2014 with plans to re-brand the 15-year-old club. He also renamed the facility Scottsdale National.

His plans moved closer to reality on July 1, when the Scottsdale City Council approved a permit to allow a new golf course near Rio Verde Drive and 122nd Street, just east of Troon North Golf Club.

For now, Arizona has just one course ranked in Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 best: the Estancia Club in Scottsdale.

Golf-course development has slowed considerably in the Valley amid a weakened economy and a struggle within the sport to attract younger players.

Read more at The Arizona Republic

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