Life after death: How one Phoenix-area golf course is getting rebrand, rebirth

Life after death: How one Phoenix-area golf course is getting rebrand, rebirth

Golf is planned to return to a long-neglected former course in southwest Phoenix, along with new housing.

Southern Ridge Golf Club, located at 59th Avenue and Baseline Road in Laveen, has been closed for more than five years, and the former course has languished with overgrown weeds and dead plants. Before it was called Southern Ridge, the course was called Bougainvillea.

The new ownership group, Laveen 140, bought the land in 2022, and at first decided to remove and redevelop the golf course into smaller pockets of open space, like pickleball courts, playgrounds, dog parks and sports courts.

That proposal was met with “complete hostility,” said Adam Baugh, attorney representing the development with Withey Morris Baugh.

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