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2015 BMW Championship hosted by Conway Farms Golf Club

2015 BMW CHAMPIONSHIP

Hosted by Conway Farms Golf Club

Conway Farms Golf Club is pleased to be the host for the 2015 BMW Championship to be held September 2015.

Formally known as the Western Open, the BMW Championship is the second oldest tournament in the United States and is the penultimate event in the PGA Tour’s FedExCup playoffs. The top 70 golfers on the FedExCup points list will travel to Conway Farms in 2015 and compete in the BMW Championship.

The top 30 on the points list will go on to compete for the Tour Championship and the FedExCup the following week.

The names inscribed on the J.K. Wadley Trophy hold prestige and display the quality of golf played at the BMW Championship. Former winners include 20 13 Champion Zach Johnson. Rory Mcllroy. Tiger Woods. Tom Watson, Jock Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan and Walter Hagen.

The BMW Championship not only provides spectators with the highest level of competitive golf. it also gives bock to on amazing scholarship program. The Evans Scholars Foundation. Since 1930, the Western Golf Association has been providing full tuition and housing grants to deserving caddies across the country.

For information on Hospitality and ProAm sales, please contact:

Matt Minella
Western Golf Association
Director, Sales
224-260-3791
Email: minelo@wgoesf.org

For ticket information, please visit:

www.BMWChampionshipUSA.com

Conway Farms Golf Club website:

http://www.conwayfarmsgolfclub.org

America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses

GOLF DIGEST’S ANNUAL LIST FOR 2013-2014

For more than 28 years, Dennis Wise led and managed a design team from Tom Fazio’s only satellite design studio. He was personally responsible for over 100 golf courses with 7 of those currently ranked in Golf Digest’s America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses. In 2013, Dennis Wise Golf Course Design opened their doors and currently have several projects in various stages of development.

AMERICA’S 100 GREATEST GOLF COURSES:
Golf courses designed by Tom Fazio with Dennis Wise as Senior Designer 1985-2012
* denotes shared design responsibility

For complete list of Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses 2013-2014 (visit website)

#29 Shadow Creek Golf Club *

#29 Shadow Creek Golf Club *

#27 Gozzer Ranch Golf Club

#27 Gozzer Ranch Golf Club

#60 Dallas National Golf Club

#60 Dallas National Golf Club

#61 Estancia Golf Club

#61 Estancia Golf Club

#72 Flint Hills National Golf Club

#72 Flint Hills National Golf Club

#79 The Preserve Golf Club

#79 The Preserve Golf Club

#88 The Quarry at LaQuinta *

#88 The Quarry at LaQuinta *


Maroon Creek Club

EXECUTIVE GOLFER April 2013

Maroon Creek Club: Excellence on the Western Slope of the Continental Divide

Background: Dennis Wise was Fazio’s senior designer at Maroon Creek 17 years ago. In September 2012, Dennis rebuilt 22 new green complexes and numerous surrounding bunkers. Because of the short window of time before winter, the project was fast paced and completed in less than two months. During his long hours at Maroon creek, Dennis earned the nickname ‘Picasso of Dirt’ from Project Director Scott Irwin.

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BELOW: The greens and various bunkers were remodeled on all 18 holes at Maroon Creek. Photos show Dennis Wise with Project Manager, Scott Irwin and 5 sequence shots of the #11 green remodel.

Scott Irwin and Dennis Wise

Scott Irwin and Dennis Wise

Green 11 before construction

Green 11 before construction

Green 11 drainage installation

Green 11 drainage installation

Green 11 gravel layer

Green 11 gravel layer

Green 11 after construction

Green 11 after construction


Dennis Wise: Fazio’s Ace In The Hole Is Quite a Wise Guy

GOLFILLINOIS.COM October 2002

Fazio’s ace in the hole in quite a Wise guy

EXCERPT: CHICAGO — We’ve all heard the great parables of turning water to wine, a loaf of bread into a thousand fish. The newest legend is that of The Glen Club, an Air Force base turned elite golf course.

When the magic wand stopped waving, Kemper Sports Management and Tom Fazio Designs had altered a military stomping grounds into a golf stratosphere yet unreached in the Chicago area.

Tom Fazio, along with senior designer Dennis Wise, have hit home runs before. Shadow Creek in Las Vegas, Butler National in Oak Brook, IL, and Wade Hampton Golf Course in Cashiers, N.C., to name a few that consistently rank in the top 100 golf courses in the United States. Those are the landmarks that allow many to fancy Fazio as the preeminent designer of modern golf courses.

Wise is his ace in the hole, a right hand man with credentials to steer alone but an immeasurable degree of respect and admiration for the captain that he hasn’t and will not jump ship.

“If there is or was a better teacher, I’d be working for him,” Wise said.

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Estancia Golf Club: The Pinnacle of Golf

GOLFINC November 1996

Estancia Golf Club: The Pinnacle of Golf:

Excerpt… Dennis Wise says he couldn’t label a signature hole at Estancia. “That’s like saying which is your favorite kid,’” he says. “I became emotionally involved with each hole,” Wise says.

He lined up with a group of journalists to play on the club’s media day and every hole was named as a favorite one by at least one of the golfers. Some like the long-range views, others liked seeing Pinnacle Peak.

Unlike some other desert courses, Estancia does not penalize a player if he makes a good shot. “It’s forgiving but challenging from the back tees,” Lang says. The 6th hole is a good example of risk-reward golf. If a golfer plays up the swale that runs the length of the right side near a fairway bunker, he or she is rewarded with the best approach into the partially blind green. However, if the hole is played to the safe left side, the approach requires a shot over bunkers to a green slope that fades away.

“The course shows the vision that John Lang had in developing Estancia,” Wise says. “He allowed us to route the golf course where we felt it would naturally fit in with lots.”

Wise described his toughest task: “Once we got permits, it was trying to find places to put cart paths. We went through great expense to hide the paths,” he says.

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