Scottsdale, Arizona-based John Fought, ASGCA (Fought Design) is adding another local course to his design portfolio with the renovation of Maryvale (Arizona) Golf Course. The 1960s-era public layout is owned by the City of Phoenix and will become the new home course for Grand Canyon University, and plans to reopen in Fall 2015.
The major facelift, which is being funded by GCU, calls for a complete renovation of the greens, fairways, bunkers and tee boxes, as well as additional amenities throughout the parkland-style course. A 10,000-square-foot, two-story clubhouse, which will feature a pro shop and locker rooms, also is being built in conjunction with the course renovation.
Fought – who enjoyed a standout career as an amateur, collegian and on the PGA Tour – plans to extend Maryvale to 7,200 yards from its current 6,500 yards. The course will play as a par 71 instead of par 72, as the 10th hole will drop from a par 5 to a par 4.
“I am really excited to be involved with this renovation project on a number of fronts,” Fought said. “It will provide a wonderful home course for the GCU golf teams and their new golf management program, plus I have the chance to help in the revitalization of a community golf course that will provide a stable asset for years to come.”
Jesse Mueller, the course’s new director of golf, said Fought’s work in renovating Phoenix Country Club more than a decade ago stood out to the selection committee.
“At Phoenix Country Club, he put a premium on preserving its old-school styling,” Mueller said. “John is very well known for his classic style, and we’re all very excited to work with him to create a golf experience that everyone can enjoy, while also making it challenging for the collegiate players.”
According to an Arizona golf historian and author, the Maryvale Golf Course/GCU partnership is perfect.
“The leaders of Grand Canyon have an incredible vision for the University and the surrounding community,” said William Godfrey, who in 2010 authored Maryvale Golf Course – The First 50 Years. “The City of Phoenix and Maryvale will benefit from that partnership. With the addition of John Fought Design to the team, it gives the golf course the best chance to be around another 50 years.”