The Summit Golf Course in Summerlin, Nevada, a new 18-hole design from Tom Fazio, ASGCA, (Fazio Design) is near completion outside Las Vegas and looking at a spring 2017 opening.
The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports:
The layout is the crown jewel of an exclusive 555-acre ultraluxury living community developed by Discovery Land in a joint venture with The Howard Hughes Corp. The course is scheduled to open in the spring of 2017, and the first custom home is expected to be ready in late 2017.
Fazio first saw the Summit plot of land in the southern area of Summerlin in February 2014 and was stunned by the dramatic topography. He quickly realized how imposing the challenge would be.
“My first impression was certainly a ‘wow’ and that the area was very distinctive,” Fazio said. “Then I thought I’m glad Discovery Land is involved because this is the big leagues and a huge deal.
”This is an extremely massive undertaking and financially a big risk. It takes a company like Discovery to have the resources, the guts and the vision to make this a reality.”
Fazio looked at 16 nearly completed holes during his visit, but his main focus was on the final two. While he spoke, a bulldozer operator was busy shaping an area to the specs Fazio provided. The next morning, he approved the work.
“We don’t ‘change’ anything because we don’t finalize anything until we actually do the work,” said Fazio, still excited about the process after five decades of designing courses. “It’s all handcrafted. Creating a golf course is an art form, and it isn’t an exact science. It’s a lot of personal preference and how you like things to look. It’s like a living, breathing organism.”
The Summit marks the 13th time Fazio has designed a course for Discovery Land. The company portfolio includes communities in Mexico, the Bahamas, New York, California and other locales. Discovery Land recently was approved by members to purchase the Las Vegas Country Club.