The old resort as it
looked in 1961.
Sometimes big things come in small packages. ;at’s certainly the case with the
project selected as the top public course
renovation, ;e Short Course at Mountain
Shadows in Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Architect Forrest Richardson was forced
to get creative on a 33-acre footprint to
produce 18 interesting par- 3 holes of golf
routed through a mixed-use development
that includes 42 condos, 106 villa residen-
tial units and a 183-room resort property.
Taking an iconic desert resort property
and returning it to its glory was not an easy
task. His challenge was to turn the aging
resort course into a completely new property – with a whole new set of requirements
and standards – while embracing the mid-century modern architectural theme of the
“;is project was super-complex because
there were four separate developers,” Richardson said. ;e original course was a
par-56 executive layout opened as part
of the resort in 1961. It was designed by
Jack Snyder, one of Richardson’s mentors.
;e resort closed in 2005, but the course
remained open until about 18 months ago,
when it was shut down for the remodel.
;e new Short Course has only 13. 5
acres of turf, a money-saving, mainte-nance-reducing move that cut water use by
70 percent. It also requires 65 percent less
sta; and costs 50 percent less to run than
the old property.
Holes on the 2,500-yard layout range
from 70 to 200 yards, and walking is
encouraged. In fact, about 70 percent of
The Short Course at
Paradise Valley, Ariz.
Owner: Woodbine Development/
Architect: Forrest Richardson
Contractor: Landscapes Unlimited
Renovation budget: $3.2 million