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Tristan Karr Talks About Wildfire Golf Club

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Meandering through the desert on the Faldo Course at Wildfire Golf Club.

The Wildfire Golf Cub provides splendid opportunities for desert golf at its finest on either of its two 18-hole championship courses, one designed by Arnold Palmer and the other by Nick Faldo.

Set in the rugged Sonoran desert northeast of Phoenix, The Palmer Signature Course offers scenic and expansive fairways allowing the ball to remain in play even on an errant shot. The Faldo Championship Course features generous fairways, large bent grass greens and tee boxes.

Surrounding both courses are the majestic McDowell Mountains and century-old saguaro cacti, providing a spectacular setting for golfers. The two courses of Wildfire Golf Club are an integral part of the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort & Spa, voted one of the Top 75 Resorts in North America by Condé Nast readers.

Tristan Karr, PGA, joined the Wildfire team in January 2012 as Tournament Director and provided an insider’s view of the Wildfire courses in his recent interview with David Bates.

About the Palmer & Faldo Courses: The two golf courses we have here make my job promoting them very easy! They are always in top notch shape which keeps us busy. We charge the same price for both courses so I always describe the Faldo as a links course with 108 bunkers and the Palmer as a true desert golf experience. I wouldn’t say I have a favorite course but my favorite hole is #17 on the Palmer course. 460 yards from the back tee usually into the wind with the only water hazard on the property guarding the greens right side.
On Having PGA & LPGA Tour Pros Competing at Wildfire: During the Wednesday Pro-Am and during their time on the driving range I would say they are all very polite and approachable. That week is a lot of work but is very fun at the same time!
About Tristan’s Regular Day at the Office: As the Golf Tournament Coordinator at Wildfire a typical day in the season can be running a 288 player shotgun tournament or working in my office setting up future events. I would say one of the best parts of my job is the fact that each day is a little different. In season we can have anywhere from 1 to 4 large events in a week so I definitely stay busy! When I am not running tournaments I am usually in my office setting up events in the future.
Tristan’s Other Favorite Courses: I just played Trilogy Golf Club at Vistancia last week and loved the golf course. I can also say I had one of my better 9 holes on the front with a bogey free 34 which always helps to add to the enjoyment of the day!
Tristan’s Holes-in-One: I have had two hole in ones on the same hole. Hole #2 at Garrett Country Club in Garrett, Indiana where I grew up. The first one was not witnessed as I was playing a quick nine before dark as I did often when I was younger but I did it again in front of my high school golf team 4 years later when I was 17.
Tristan’s Home Town: Garrett, Indiana which is about 20 miles straight north of Fort Wayne, Indiana.
Tristan’s Index: Since I am considered a “pro” as a PGA member I don’t keep a handicap but if I did I would probably play to a 3 handicap or so.
Tristan’s Long-Range Career Goals: My goal in this business is to become a Director of Golf. Marriott is a great company to work for so my fingers are crossed that the right opportunities come my way and I can continue to advance my career with Marriott Golf!
What’s in Tristan’s bag? In my bag I have a Titleist 909 D2 driver, Cobra Amp Cell 3 wood, a Cobra 3 hybrid, Titleist 690 cavity back irons, Titleist Vokey Wedges (52,56 and 60°), Titleist Scotty Cameron putter and of course lots of Titleist Pro V1 golf balls.

Karrie Webb’s Very Fine Sunday in Phoenix

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Aussie Karrie Webb wins 2014 JTBC Founders Cup at JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge Wildfire.

Aussie Karrie Webb teed off at the JTBC Founders Cup Sunday afternoon trailing Kiwi Lydia Ko’s lead by six strokes. Webb had a good feel for the course, the conditions, and the competition. Wildfire Golf Club was in near-perfect condition. The balls were flying high and running long. The greens were fast. Lydia Ko was playing killer golf. Standing on the first tee, Webb believed she could get into a playoff if she could card 62.

So the top-ranked Aussie dialed in her game and hit the ball.  Nine birdies and a bogey later, playing more than an hour in front of Ko, Webbie was standing on the 18th green at -18. She was even with Ko. It probably wouldn’t be enough. Ko still had eight holes to play. So she fired one final birdie, went to the clubhouse with a one shot lead, had a spot of lunch, and waited.

Ko bobbled, gave back a shot, missed a couple of birdie opportunities, got back to -18, and then stalled. Webb finished lunch and went to the driving range, a sole figure casually hitting balls into the setting desert sun, waiting. Ko missed her birdie putt on 18 and the Founders Cup was Webb’s.

A perfect day, a wonderful golf course, and a terrific win for Karrie Webb. I wonder if I could break 80 on the Wildfire?