This year’s Titleist and FootJoy PGA Club Professional Championship of Canada is in for a change of scenery with a move from Florida to Arizona.
Played for the last 10 years at the PGA Golf Club in Port St. Lucie, Fla., the 54-hole national championship will take place Nov. 16-19 at the SunRidge Canyon Golf Club in Fountain Hills, Az.
“Since 2004 we’ve played this championship in Florida and it has been a very successful spot, but we feel moving west will attract more of our western PGA of Canada professionals,” said PGA of Canada president Gregg Schubert.
At nearly 7,000-yards, SunRidge Canyon is hidden among the ridges and canyons in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains.
“SunRidge Canyon was created by wind, water, rock and time, following nature’s own course. Like nature, much about SunRidge is straight forward,” said SunRidge Canyon head professional Wes Neal.
“The fairway and greenside bunkers are in strategic positions where they force you to consider both the risks and the rewards of executing your next shot,” he added.
“I believe what will make the course special to the players is they will hit most, if not every, club in their bags, therefore testing all aspects of a professional golfer’s game,” he added.
The final six holes at SunRidge Canyo are known as the “Wicked 6.”
Comprised of two par fives, two par fours and two par threes, all but the par threes play uphill. The prevailing breeze tends to blow down the canyon into the golfer’s face.
“Another special aspect to SunRidge Canyon is it’s home of the Wicked 6, the finishing sequence that features a half dozen of Arizona’s most scenic, memorable and challenging holes, which rewards thoughtful play and provides players with an authentic Arizona desert golf experience,” said Neal.