TPC Summerlin, Designed by Bobby Weed Golf Design, Hosts 2018 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (November 3, 2018) – TPC Summerlin, in Las Vegas, designed by Bobby Weed Golf Design (BobbyWeed.com) with Fuzzy Zoeller serving as a consultant, played host this past week to the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, an official PGA Tour event. Patrick Cantlay is the defending champion.
“We know this year’s event will feature excellent play and exciting competition,” said Bobby Weed. “”Summerlin has hosted a Tour tournament for over twenty years, and I am proud the course remains interesting and fun.”
While challenging enough for the best players in the world, TPC Summerlin has multiple tees on each hole, enabling golfers of all abilities to enjoy the exceptional layout. The course, which opened in 1991, is a member of the Tournament Players Club network operated by the PGA Tour.
Patrick Lindsay, executive director of Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, said, “We are proud to call TPC Summerlin the host course for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open. It is a course that the PGA Tour professionals enjoy playing, and we’re excited about this year’s field and the new activations outside the ropes.
“The management and staff at TPC Summerlin are integral in the tournament’s success.”
TPC Summerlin’s par-72, 7,243-yard layout was carved from a magnificent swath of rugged desert terrain. The average elevation of the course is approximately 2,700 feet above sea level.
“Summerlin was designed to be a rich desert oasis, with copses of mesquite trees and native grasses,” explained Weed.
TPC Summerlin was the first golf course in Nevada to be certified as an Audubon Sanctuary System by Audubon International. Great care was taken during the construction of TPC Summerlin to preserve and protect natural wildlife habitats.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children Open
The Shriners Open is the second event in the FedEx Cup and is played annually in October.
The Shriners Open débuted on the PGA Tour as the Panasonic Las Vegas Pro Celebrity Classic in 1983. The tournament has been hosted by numerous courses before settling at its current venue, TPC Summerlin. The tournament’s champions list includes some of the most recognizable and in some cases, most decorated names in golf: Fuzzy Zoeller, Greg Norman, Davis Love III, Tiger Woods, Jim Furyk and Webb Simpson. At the same time, the Shriners Open has been a breakthrough tournament for several Tour players who earned their first victory on the PGA Tour at TPC Summerlin, including Tiger Woods.
About Bobby Weed Golf Design
Acclaimed golf course designer Bobby Weed specializes in design, renovation and repurposing. His work features a balance of visual appeal, sustainability and playability, all informed by an environmentally-sensitive aesthetic and an exceptional hands-on, holistic approach.
Weed began his professional career with an extended apprenticeship with Pete Dye, launching a collaboration of over 35 years’ duration and a lifelong friendship. Hired in 1983 by the PGA Tour as the Golf Course Superintendent at TPC Sawgrass, Weed went on to become the Tour’s in-house designer from 1987-1996. He was responsible for the design of many of today’s best-known TPC venues, which continue as host sites for prominent Tour events.
Weed also was able to collaborate with many of golf’s most familiar names, including Sam Snead, Gene Sarazen, Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Raymond Floyd, Jerry Pate and Chi Chi Rodriguez – a rare cross section of experience.
In 1994, Weed’s career reached an apex with the formation of his own design firm, where he continues to “handcraft” golf courses.
Chris Monti, senior design associate at Bobby Weed Golf Design, has been with the firm for over 20 years, working seamlessly with Weed in total involvement in every aspect of the design and execution process. Monti holds a B.S. in Landscape Architecture from Cornell University, and spent a year studying the design of historic courses in the British Isles.
Today, Bobby Weed Golf Design has amassed an impressive list of new and renovated courses that consistently are ranked at the top of their respective categories, including The Olde Farm Golf Club, Spanish Oaks Golf Club, The Golf Course at Glen Mills, Medalist Golf Club and Timuquana Country Club.
Bobby Weed Golf Design also is a leader in golf course repurposing – a means to update layouts through redesign and reallocation of partial acreage for higher value land uses. Repurposing helps clubs and communities preserve golf while surmounting economic and other challenges. Weed’s skill, vision and business acumen coalesce to result in successful, refined and durable golf course design.
Bobby Weed is a member of the American Society of Golf Course Architects. He also is a 39-year member of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, was a former Certified Golf Course Superintendent and is a member of the Florida Turfgrass Association.
Bobby Weed Golf Design won The BoardRoom Magazine 2017 “Excellence in Achievement Award in Course Architecture – Renovation.”
For more information on Bobby Weed Golf Design, see www.bobbyweed.com.