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Amy O’Hara

Desert oasis-style course to feature Notah Begay III design & Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf

TUCSON, Ariz. (Feb. 16, 2012) — Tucson’s Pascua Yaqui Tribe held a ground breaking ceremony today on its newest amenity, an 18-hole, par 72 championship golf course, situated directly south of Casino Del Sol Resort’s AVA Amphitheater. The golf course, named “Sewailo,” meaning “flower world” in the Yaqui language.


“This groundbreaking is one of of many exciting milestones we plan to recognize as we continue to offer the highest quality amenities to the guests of Casino Del Sol Resort,” said Wendell Long, CEO of Casino Del Sol Resort.


Large lakes, flowing streams, waterfalls and plush landscaping blend with the desert environment to create a wonderful “oasis” effect.  The course transitions through both desert terrain and the oasis environment, while taking full advantage of the surrounding mountain views to create an exciting and unique golfing experience. The course winds seamlessly through gently rolling terrain, with a mix of wonderfully strategic holes that combines a full range of shot values and aesthetics. The course is designed to be challenging, memorable and enjoyable for players of all levels.


“Sewailo, in conjunction with the recently opened Casino Del Sol Resort, is a unique opportunity to showcase the beauty and tradition of the Pascua Yaqui community,” said golf course designer Notah Begay III. “I’m delighted to see this project come to fruition and confident that the golf course will serve the Pascua Yaqui community for generations to come.” 


In addition to the breathtaking grounds, Sewailo will also offer the first Jack Nicklaus Academy of Golf in Arizona. The Nicklaus Academy will provide instruction programs designed for all ages and ability levels, and will be open to the public. Featuring an expansive dual-ended driving range more than 375-yards long, a 2,000 square-foot climate controlled teaching facility and multiple practice bunkers, the Nicklaus Academy will offer a full complement of instruction programs designed for everything from individual lessons to group instruction, golf schools, corporate programming and community programs.




About Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center:

Located in southwest metropolitan Tucson, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe is a federally recognized tribe with more than 17,000 enrolled members.  The Tribe owns and operates two casinos:  Casino of the Sun and Casino Del Sol. Non-gaming enterprises include the Anselmo Valencia Tori Amphitheater (AVA), a 5,000-seat open-air concert venue; and the Del Sol Marketplace, which includes a gas station and car wash, convenience store and smoke shop.


It is also the home to Casino Del Sol Resort, Spa and Conference Center; a 215-room, 161,000-square-foot resort and entertainment destination that features more than 65,000-square-feet of indoor and outdoor meeting and convention space. For more information, visit



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