By Rusty Bradshaw
Work continues on the Willowcreek Golf Course, 10600 N. Boswell Blvd., renovation and is on schedule for a summer completion.
Mainline irrigation installation moved to the front side of the course at the end of May and moved through the No. 5 hole, according to Brian Duthu, Recreation Centers of Sun City golf and grounds director. Lateral line and sprinkler head installation was complete on the back nine and complete through the No. 2 hole on the front nine.
“Work began on the shaping of the back nine greens, holes 14-18 have been completed and the remaining greens have material in place and were expected to be finished by the first week in June,” Mr. Duthu reported during the May 31 RCSC board meeting.
Coring of greens on the front nine is complete and installation of drainage was nearly completed at that time, he added. The liner and shotcrete edge installation was finished on the back nine and the lake were filled.
“The new pump station is in place and was operational today (May 31),” Mr. Duthu said.
Grassing of the greens is expected to begin Monday, June 25 and the full project is expected to be completed by Friday, July 13, according to Mr. Duthu.
Work at Willowcreek did impact play on other RCSC golf courses, but not enough to dampen increased play numbers for the year so far, according to Mr. Duthu.
Through April, RCSC courses saw 149,839 rounds of golf played in 2018. That is slightly ahead of last year’s pace and due, at least in part, to a strong January, Mr. Duthu reported. April rounds were 1,941 fewer than the same month last year as other courses were unable to fully absorb the 6,726 rounds lost due to the Willowcreek/Willowbrook closure for renovation, he added.
“Among the regulation courses, Riverview (16401 N. Del Webb Blvd.) has taken the overall lead in rounds played with 24,110, followed by Lakes West (10433 W. Talisman Road) with 23,342, South (11000 N. 103rd Ave.) with 22,412 and North (12650 N. 107th Ave.) with 22,370,” Mr. Duthu said. “Lakes East has played the most rounds among the executive courses.”
April saw 56 percent of rounds played by annual pass holders and annual surcharge pass holders, Mr. Duthu explained.