Press Release

The Classic Club completes Capillary Concrete Renovation

Editorial Team
The Classic Club completes Capillary Concrete Renovation
November 15, 2019

Palm Desert, CA

This article was first published by The Golf Wire

Palm Desert, Calif. (November 15, 2019) – The Classic Club in Palm Desert, Calif., reopened today, Friday, November 15, 2019, following ryegrass overseed and an extensive bunker renovation project. The bunker renovation, which began in June and completed in late September, was led by The Classic Club’s Director of Agronomy Tony Spannaus.

During the renovation project, course bunkers were regraded, reshaped and rebuilt incorporating a technically advanced drainage and liner system featuring Capillary Concrete.  This new generation lining method increases the speed at which water flows through the sand and the lining; minimizing contamination, reducing maintenance, and producing superior consistency. The new Capillary Concrete bunkers offer a lifespan significantly longer than those built using traditional bunker construction methods.

“Playability was our focus when we originally considered the bunker project,” said The Classic Club’s General Manager Greg Rubino. “The results are better than expected as the bunker sand is consistent, while drainage and bunker lifespan has been improved.”

As part of the club’s winter rye grass overseed process, crews limited overseeding to the course’s greens, tees and fairways, while leaving the Bermudagrass rough alone to go dormant. In addition to creating a visually striking contrast, the club expects to conserve millions of gallons of effluent water from November through March.

“Classic Club remains on the forefront of environmental stewardship and water conservation efforts,” added Rubino. “We recently converted farther outreaching turf areas into landscape beds, which eliminated overhead irrigation and replaced it with much more water-efficient drip emitters.”

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About The Classic Club

The Classic Club is a nationally-recognized championship course and a host site of the 2006, 2007, and 2008 Bob Hope Classic. A new spin on desert golf, The Classic Club features rolling terrain, wide landing areas, 30 acres of water features, 14 bridges as well as an abundance of pine trees, pine straw ground cover, and five sets of tees on each hole. The club’s three-story, 63,000 square foot, Tuscan Village-inspired clubhouse is the perfect spot to entertain guests in style with private rooms, banquet facilities or under the stars by waterfalls and lakes. The Classic Club’s full service golf shop features men’s and ladies apparel and brands, such as Nike, Adidas, Greg Norman, Travis Mathew, Club Glove, Titleist, Callaway, and Garb Children’s apparel.

About Troon

The Classic Club is professionally managed by Troon. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Ariz., Troon is the world’s largest golf management company providing services at more than 465 locations around the globe, including managing 510 18-hole equivalent golf courses. In addition to golf, Troon specializes in homeowner association management, private residence clubs, estate management and associated hospitality venues. Troon’s award-winning food and beverage division operates and manages more than 400 food and beverage operations located at golf resorts, private clubs, daily fee golf courses and recreational facilities. With properties located in 45 states and 33 countries, Troon’s family of brands includes Troon Golf, Troon Privé, Troon International, Honours Golf, OB Sports, Green Golf Partners, CADDIEMASTER, True Club Solutions, Cliff Drysdale Tennis and RealFood Consulting. There are currently 67 Troon-affiliated properties featuring 87 golf courses on national and international “Top 100” rankings. Troon-affiliated properties include Belfair in Bluffton, South Carolina; Wickenburg Ranch Golf & Social Club in Wickenburg, Ariz.; Yocha Dehe Golf Club in Brooks, Calif.; Saadiyat Beach Golf Club in Abu Dhabi, UAE; and Buenaventura Golf Club in Panama. For additional news and information, visit

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