Today marked the first day of The Charles Schwab Championship Cup taking place right here at Desert Mountain Golf Club on the Cochise Course. As the last tournament of the PGA season, many eyes will be on the ball and the top notch players in town to compete.
After round one, Bernhard Langer leads the other pros by two strokes. He shot a 7-under 63, edging out Colin Montgomery and Jeff Maggert to be in the number one spot for round two. Langer actually went into the tournament in the number three position, behind Montgomerie and Maggert. Scottsdale residents Michael Allen and Billy Andrade are now tied for second place, both shooting a 65. That includes Andrade’s hole-in-one on the second hole.
Future of The Charles Schwab Championship Cup
While the focus is certainly on the next several days, many thoughts have also shifted to the future of the tournament. The Charles Schwab Championship Cup is slated to stay at Desert Mountain through next year, then it’s slightly up in the air as to where it may land. In the past the tournament has rotated between the TPC Harding Park in San Francisco, CA and our beautiful Desert Mountain Golf Club. Tour commissioner Greg McLaughlin would prefer to keep the tournament moving around rather than anchor it to just one club or course.
Desert Mountain is a private club set amidst a prestigious residential community, so hosting too many events like this can cause what Desert Mountain Golf Club General Manager and CEO Robert Jones refers to as “tournament fatigue.” Although hosting such big and renowned tournaments is good for the club in many regards, it has to keep in mind that is needs to be equally good for the members.
Desert Mountain is the Ultimate in Luxury Living for the Golf Enthusiast
One thing is for certain, this noteworthy tournament should have a positive impact on real estate in this community. Arizona has long been a destination for golfers and the ability to own a gorgeous home here is considered by many to be the ultimate experience in private club living. The 8,000-acre community offers a stunning array of custom home sites, elegant estates and courtyard homes. One of the important distinctions for luxury home buyers is that Desert Mountain is the only private community worldwide with six Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Courses.
Tournaments and Courses at Desert Mountain
Jones’ and Desert Mountain would like to ideally host six tournaments within the next 10 years. And if the Charles Schwab Championship Cup indeed returns to Desert Mountain after 2016, chances are it will be moved to the Renegade Course. Many players of all abilities, not just PGA pros, consider the 7,524-yard Renegade to actually be more competitive than the Cochise course. Over the next few years both Jack Nicklaus courses will undergo some touch-ups by the legend himself.
Even though the 2017 location of the tournament is still undetermined, speculators are guessing that a departure from Desert Mountain and the Sonoran desert would only be temporary. But for now it’s all eyes on Langer, Montgomerie, Maggert and the other players battling it out for the season closer as they head into tomorrow’s second round.