June 12, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona and I.R.I. Golf Group announced a partnership that will give the Wildcat men's and women's golf programs a start-of-the-art practice facility and home course.
Announced Wednesday at a press conference at the facility, I.R.I Golf Group CEO Jeff Silverstein announced the purchase of The Raven Golf Club at Sabino Springs and an enhanced partnership with Arizona athletics. As part of the deal, the facility will be renamed "Arizona National Country Club at Sabino Springs."
"We see great things happening at this new course and are excited about this relationship with the University of Arizona," said Silverstein. "The Wildcat men's and women's golf teams are already among the top five in the nation. We feel that this partnership will further enhance Arizona's ability to attract top-quality student-athletes."
As part of the new Arizona National facility, I.R.I. Golf Group has committed to a multi-million dollar capital improvement program, including a clubhouse renovation, practice facility and a Wildcat Hall of Honor. When completed, Arizona National will be a top-notch playing and practice facility for the University of Arizona.
"This is a great day for Wildcat golf," said Arizona director of athletics Jim Livengood. "The ability to call this beautiful facility home will benefit our golf programs for years to come."
Arizona National is a desert golf facility designed by Robert Trent Jones Jr. The course is situated in the foothills of Tucson's Santa Catalina Mountains, and its diverse 6,776-yard layout provides classic golf-in-the-desert challenges as well as some of the most spectacular scenery of any golf facility in the Southwest.
"I'm really pleased with this agreement," said Arizona director of golf Rick LaRose. "It's going to be a great deal for us. This is going to give us one of the finest golf facilities in the country."