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Arizona Grand Resort Opens Renewed Golf Course as Part of $52 Million Resort Renovation Plan

Updates include new starting hole, course re-routing, improved playability and incorporates sustainable practices into design

PHOENIX, Ariz. - (October 29, 2008) - Arizona Grand Resort, a member of Preferred Hotels and Resorts Ultimate Luxury Collection, today announced that it will debut the renewed Arizona Grand Golf Course on October 31.

For more than two decades, golfers of all levels have enjoyed the 18-hole, award-winning golf course with its unique blend of traditional links and desert-style play. The course is known for lush sloping fairways and strategic bunkering on the front-nine and beautiful desert landscapes winding through the South Mountain Preserve on the back-nine. The golf course's dramatic elevation changes, breathtaking mountain vistas and varied layout have earned it many accolades including a "Four Star" rating from Golf Digest.

On October 31, Arizona Grand Golf Course will re-open its 6,336-yard par 71 course to the public for the fall golf season to reveal its transformation. Course changes are highlighted by re-routed play, improved sightlines from tee boxes to fairways and renovated bunkers that maintain the integrity of the original course and improve its playability. New sustainable practices are also incorporated into the course's infrastructure and new design elements.

Richard Behr, managing director of Arizona Grand Resort, said "Changes to the golf course are part of our overall vision to broaden our appeal to leisure and business travelers. Our added design elements will enhance the popularity of the course among golf enthusiasts, and will strengthen our position as a premier resort destination in Phoenix."

One of the most notable changes to the course is a new starting location. Golfers will begin play over a water feature at the redesigned hole No.1, formerly hole No. 18. A new practice green is adjacent to the hole 1 tee box area. Hole 1 plays uphill and is designed to be a visual staging area for the course and part of the resort's new heartbeat. It is situated next to the new Pro Shop and is in view of the new bar and restaurant to be located in the new Arizona Grand Lobby. Construction of the lobby is slated for completion in March 2009. Other design elements include adjustments to course and slope ratings as well as tee box adjustments for most holes. The downhill 202-yard par 3 on the north face of South Mountain becomes hole No. 18 and is a dramatic finishing hole. Players have a nine-city panoramic view from the tee box which looks out on many of the Valley's best know landmarks.

New cart paths, landscaping and maintenance system renovations are also part of the resort's sustainability program. As a demonstration of the resort's commitment to utilizing sustainable technology, a new pump house, control boxes and irrigation heads were added to replace the existing system built in the 1980s. The new system will create healthier fairway grasses, reduce the amount of fertilizer usage and save over 20 million gallons of water each year, which will lessen the impact to players and wildlife.

Director of Golf, Colby Hutchinson said, "We have made an investment in our future and this year was a huge undertaking that will mean a better experience for our guests and a more responsible approach to our environment."

Arizona Grand Golf Course closed on October 6 as part of its annual over-seeding. The course will reopen on October 31. For tee times call (602) 431-6580.

About Arizona Grand Resort
The 640-suite Arizona Grand Resort is located on 164 beautifully-landscaped acres at the base of the spectacular South Mountain Preserve. A member of the Preferred Hotels & Resorts Ultimate Luxury Collection, it offers the 7-acre Oasis Water Park, an award-winning 18-hole golf course, five specialty themed restaurants, the full service Arizona Grand Athletic Club & Spa and 117,000 square feet of meeting and function space, including a 20,000 square-foot exhibit pavilion. The AAA Four Diamond rated Arizona Grand Resort recently began a $52 million renovation to enhance the property including all guest suites, main lobby, spa, golf course, and restaurants. The resort has also added Arizona Grand Villas, which offer resort ownership opportunities through 52 new one- and two-bedroom luxury Villas. Arizona Grand Resort is independently owned and operated by an affiliate of Grossman Company Properties (GCP), one of the premier commercial and residential developers in the western United States. During the past 45 years, GCP has built, developed and managed more than 14 million square feet of high-quality properties, including the Arizona Biltmore Resort, Biltmore Fashion Park and the Phoenix Spectrum Mall. More information on the resort is available at www.ArizonaGrandResort.com.

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For more information on the Arizona Grand Resort, or to arrange an interview or fact check a story, please contact:

   Nina Joki, Marketing Manager
   8000 S. Arizona Grand Parkway, Phoenix, AZ 85044
   p: 602-659-6312 
   njoki@arizonagrandresort.com

 



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