Next week's tournament is the second year the Match Play Championship is being played at the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain.
It's the first year the nearby, new Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain hotel, spa and resort are open. "It's unbelievable," tournament executive director Wade Dunagan said of the facility, which opened its doors to the public in December.
"It's been one of the missing pieces for the event," Dunagan said. "The players, and people with Accenture, have always stayed at wonderful facilities, some of them slightly removed from the Northwest." Some of those people are now going to stay at the Ritz-Carlton Dove Mountain, which "means a lot to all of us."
When Match Play comes to town, "it's great exposure for us, it's great exposure for Marana," said Jeff McCormick, director of golf operations for the Ritz-Carlton Golf Club, Dove Mountain. "We can showcase our golf facility and our resort to these viewers. It's a great marketing piece."
"The Ritz-Carlton brand is second to none," Dunagan said, "and I