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Rees Jones To Begin Renovations On Rio Secco

Rio Secco Golf Club will close May 23 to undergo improvements at the direction of Rees Jones. New greens, renovated bunkers and an expanded practice facility are all part of the enhancements.

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Eric Dutt, Rio Secco Vice president of golf operations, and designer Rees Jones plan the renovations at Rio Secco Golf Club in Henderson, Nevada.

On May 23, 2017, Rio Secco Golf Club will close for renovations to its award-winning golf course, which will be completed by renowned golf course architect Rees Jones, the course’s original designer. The project is expected to be completed by September and the course will reopen for play in October 2017. Special VIP festivities and other events are planned for the reopening on an official date to be determined. The purpose of the renovation is to update the golf course features and practice facilities to today’s playing standards with a focus on increasing playability and sustainability. Rio Secco Golf Club, which opened in 1997, has been featured as a top 100 golf course in the United States and hosted professional golf tournaments such as the Wendy’s 3-Tour Challenge, collegiate events such as the Western Athletic Conference Golf Championships and national charity events such as the Natalie Gulbis Charity Golf Classic and Tiger Jam, a major fundraiser for the Tiger Woods Foundation.

Jones, known as “The Open Doctor” for his redesign of 23 courses in preparation for major championships (33 events), including Bethpage State Park’s Black Course, Baltusrol Golf Club’s Lower Course and Hazeltine National Golf Club, is fully engaged in every aspect of the improvements.

“I am excited to be back working at Rio Secco,” said Jones. “This is an amazing natural site for golf. When I first saw it, I thought it was the best piece of land in Las Vegas. The golf course reflects the beauty that surrounds it which is why it continues to be regarded as one of the best layouts in the west. This is a big bold site, which has matured substantially in twenty years. We are going to resurface, regrass and expand the greens back to their original sizes to recapture lost pin positions and also make changes to create a different character on some. Several bunkers will be eliminated or rebuilt to bring them up to today’s standards and to enhance the playing experiences for golfers of all skill levels.”

Rio Secco Vice President of Golf Operations, Eric Dutt, engaged Jones for the project.

“For Rees to return two decades later and share his expertise is very meaningful,” Dutt says. “Not a lot of other courses are investing in projects like this during these challenging times for the golf industry. Rees and his team are committed to helping us restore Rio Secco back to its rightful place as a top 100 golf course in America, and that’s our goal. Jones is a legend, and we believe Rio Secco is also a legend. The new changes are necessary to deliver the best experience to our guests.”

While the course is closed, golfers will have the opportunity to play the top 100 Cascata, also a Rees Jones design and a sister course to Rio Secco. Cascata is located just a few miles from the Rio Secco facility.