BizTOURISM continued from page 151 abundant and fruitful life. Begay, a four-time PGA TOUR winner and a 1995 Stanford University graduate, founded his golf-course design business – NB3 Consulting – in 2002 for the expressed purpose of bringing world-class golf development to Native American communities. He has designed two other golf courses, in Kansas and North Carolina, for Indian tribes. “I feel strongly that these projects start from a cultural standpoint and that it’s important to listen to the tribe and let them guide us,” Begay said. “My grandmother always taught me that to be successful in the modern world you don’t have to abandon your traditions.” Chairman Yucupicio praised Begay for his sensitivity to the land and Pascua Yaqui traditions. “You have to walk the land, and talk to the land and the trees, and tell them what you want to do and ask their permission,” Yucupicio said. “I believe this young man (Begay) did that. “We didn’t abandon the respect we have for our land,” he continued. “The changes that are being made will have a positive affect for the tribe and the entire community.” Yucupicio said revenue produced from the tribe’s casino, hotel and conference center is what made building the golf course possible. He said profits from Casino del Sol operations “help the tribe to compensate for many needs – in areas such as education, healthcare and housing – that are not covered by federal government assistance.” Replicating the opening of its resort hotel, which occurred on 11/11/11, Tucson’s Pascua Yaqui Tribe completed course construction on 12/12/12, but delayed opening the course for play until 12/12/13 to ensure planting and grasses were sufficiently mature. “We didn’t want to open at 70 percent, we wanted to open at 100 percent,” said Dan LaRouere, GM of the Sewailo Golf Club. Troon Golf, a Scottsdale-based golf management company that is active at properties in 29 states and 26 countries, oversees Sewailo operations. Additional amenities at Sewailo Golf Club include a driving range, practice areas for chipping and putting, Callaway Golf equipment rentals and instructional programs. Pima County Supervisor Richard Elias, whose district includes the Pascua Yaqui’s Casino del Sol enterprises, called it “the greatest entertainment complex in all of Arizona” – and with the addition of the golf course “it is only going to get better.” Casino Del Sol Resort is Arizona’s only Forbes Four Star and AAA Four Diamond Casino Resort. The resort offers guests and players alike six restaurants and bars, a conference center with breakout rooms, Hiapsi Spa, Oasis pool and bar, two casinos, AVA Amphitheater and now – Sewailo Golf Club. This is the new home course of the University of Arizona Wildcats golf program.
The golf club is open to casino resort guests and the general public. Tee times can be scheduled by visiting www.sewailogolfclub.com or by calling (520) 838-6623.
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