Big Sky Golf Championships to Be Played in Chandler through 2012 with NAU as Host

Big Sky Golf Championships to Be Played in Chandler through 2012 with NAU as Host

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Northern Arizona University will serve as host of the Big Sky Women’s Golf Championship at the Ocotillo Golf Resort in Chandler, Ariz., for the next three season through 2012, the conference office announced Wednesday. See story at

NAU, the winner of a conference-record six league titles, will defend their 2009 Big Sky title at the site of their title. The Lumberjacks carded a final-round 307 to capture the 2009 Big Sky Conference Golf Championship with a 54-hole total of 914. Senior Ali Carter was one of four Lumberjacks with rounds in the 70s. She entered the final round tied with teammate Alexa Kim for the individual lead, finishing fourth overall at 10-over par 226. Kim tied for second after a five-over par 77 for a nine-over total of 225.

Managed by Troon Golf, Ocotillo Golf Resort adheres to the highest standards of course conditions and customer service, creating an incredible experience at what has become known as one of Arizona's finest daily-fee facilities. Designed by Ted Robinson, Ocotillo Golf Resort opened in 1986 and is recognized as a Top 50 Resort by Golf World and a 4 1/2 star golf course by Golf Digest.

A traditional-style course, Ocotillo Golf Resort's lush fairways, cascading waterfalls and colorful flora offer a unique contrast to the desert landscaped courses that permeate the Valley.

Ocotillo Golf Resort features three nine-hole courses played in combinations with yardages ranging from 6,782 to 7,016 from the back tees and 5,128 to 5,134 from the forward tees. The Blue-Gold combination plays as the most difficult, with a rating of 72.2 and slope of 133 from the back tees.

The water features are both beautiful and dramatic and are integral part of Robinson's vision. The layout offers generous fairways and landing areas, creating birdie opportunities for golfers who think their way around the course.

• 4 1/2 Stars "Best Places to Play" by Golf Digest Magazine 2008