Award winning Sandia Golf Club receives site-wide tee enhancements and drainage upgrade 

Scottsdale-based Casa Verde Golf was commissioned by Sandia Resort & Casino to undertake the overhaul of all the “island tees” on the resort’s award-winning golf course. The renovation included the re-establishment of all the original tee edges of those positioned within desert surrounds, commonly referred to as island tees.

“The ‘before-and-after’ of this scope is quite remarkable,” noted Jeff Schwinkendorf, Vice President of Casa Verde Golf. “Establishing a clean edge of turf within the native landscape creates not only a stark aesthetical improvement, but also reduces unnecessary maintenance practices.”

At Sandia, there are 43 individual tees positioned in the desert landscape and all of them were addressed. Once the original edges became properly reestablished, steel edging was used to wrap around the new tee surfaces to limit further migration of turf beyond that which was intended by the original design of the golf course. Upon completion of the edgework, new walk-up configurations, including pavers and new ground cover consisting of two different shades of decomposed granite were implemented on the award-winning Scott Miller-design.

Casa Verde Golf also installed nearly 600 linear feet of 10-inch and 12-inch pipe, and tie-ins with the existing drainage system, to better mitigate the conveyance of water traversing the site from the adjacent foothills. 

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Sandia Golf Club was developed by the Pueblo of Sandia as an amenity of the Sandia Resort & Casino located in Albuquerque, N.M. The club features an 18-hole, par-72 golf course designed by Scott Miller that plays 5,113 yards from the forward tees and 7,772 yards from the back tees. For more information, visit, call 505.796.7500.