Tres Rios

Two West Valley golf courses closed recently.

While Falcon Golf Course is to become a cross-dock transportation facility, Tres Rios Golf Course will return by Thanksgiving.

In a dogleg twist, it will be managed by the company that ran Falcon Golf Course.

On Aug. 17, Tres Rios Golf Course at Estrella Mountain Regional Park temporarily closed after Tres Rios LLC, a subsidiary of C-Bon International Golf Group, terminated its agreement with the Maricopa County Parks and Recreation Department to operate the facility.

Recently, the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors approved a new management agreement with Southwest Golf Management “to improve, manage, operate, and maintain the Tres Rios Golf Course.”

“We knew we needed to have this facility open during peak golfing season, which is right around the corner,” said Clint Hickman, District 4, chairman of the Board of Supervisors.

“We are thrilled to have found an experienced company to get Tres Rios back up and ready for golfers in Goodyear and the West Valley.”

Four other companies expressed interest.

Southwest Golf Management was chosen for its 30 years of public and private golf course management expertise. Previously, the group managed three golf courses in Arizona, including Falcon Golf Course.

According to the county, Southwest plans “to perform basic golf course maintenance and map out a 12-month plan for improvements to the facility.”

Southwest Golf Management is managed by Jim Bellows and John Wall.

Wall began his career in the golfing industry shagging balls at the Estrella Mountain Golf Course. He will help launch a nonprofit national junior golf program at Tres Rios.

“John and I are very excited about this opportunity and have quite a bit of work to do over the next year to bring the course up to our standards,” said Bellows. 

“However, we know the community is eager to get back on the links, so we are planning for a soft reopening sometime around Thanksgiving. This will give us enough time to overseed and touch up the property before we welcome them back.”

For updates on the course reopening, visit maricopacountyparks.net.