Will you recognize Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club in 2021?

By: November 18, 2019

Don’t worry the Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club (founded in 1996) will not be plowed up.

The golf course of the country club will undergo a $7 million dollar renovation project led by golf course designer David McLay Kidd. On-course work is expected to begin in November 2020 and be completed by September 2021. 

During the 10-month project, the golf course is expected to be fully closed to member and guest play for approximately five months.

Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club by Brian Oar

David McLay Kidd will be assisted on the Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club project by Troon’s Design, Development and Agronomy team.

The club’s golf course was designed by Johnny Miller and Fred Bliss. It is a  par-71 golf course and measures 7.062 yards

Does David McLay Kidd’s name ring any bells for you?

Some of his famous works are Bandon Dunes in Bandon, Ore., Gamble Sands in Brewster, Wash., Mammoth Dunes at Sand Valley Golf Resort in Nekoosa, Wisc., and the Castle Course at St. Andrews, Scotland.

About his golf architect work on Bandon Dunes, you can read in Stephen Goodwin’s Dream Golf book. It is a very well written golf book.

David McLay Kidd of the Entrada renovation said

“We want to increase those options at Entrada, allowing players to use their imagination, creativity, and skills to play holes and attempt to score.”

In short, the Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club wants to improve the golf experience (aka the fun factor and excitement)

Renovation enhancements will include:

  • replacement of the course’s irrigation and drainage systems and renovation of the irrigation lakes and the club’s practice facility;
  • all greens will be redesigned and resurfaced with state-of-the-art Bentgrass;
  • fairways will be re-contoured;
  • tees will be relocated and/or renovated;
  • every bunker on the golf course will be replaced.
  • The entire golf course, including tees, fairways, and roughs, will be re-grassed with improved cultivars of Perennial Ryegrass and Kentucky Bluegrass.

Sustainability at Entrada at Snow Canyon Country Club

What I miss from this golf course renovation is their efforts to achieve sustainable golf course operations.

As far as I know, Perennial Ryegrass has relatively high fertilizer and water needs compared to tall fescue and common warm-season lawn grasses. 

I would be happy to get an answer to these questions:

  • Will they change the water supply? (e.g. changing to treated sewage effluent water)
  • Will they use lower quality water for the above-mentioned turfgrasses?
  • Will they reduce the size of maintained turf areas or just re-contour them?
  • How will they protect desert habitats, with their wildlife and vegetation?
  • Which innovative irrigation system will they use?