Shea Homes Unveils Encanterra, a Trilogy Country Club

Tom Lehman-designed course the first to open in Arizona this year

Encanterra, a Trilogy Country ClubArizona-based developer Shea Homes recently unveiled Encanterra, a Trilogy Country Club.  Designed by PGA Tour veteran and former Ryder Cup captain Tom Lehman, Encanterra, located in Queen Creek, Arizona, is the first new private golf course to open in Arizona this year.

 “We are extremely proud of the work that our team and Lehman Design Group have done at Encanterra,” said Hal Looney, area president for Shea Homes. “The course is truly magnificent, perfectly groomed and expertly laid out. Mr. Lehman spent a lot of time on the property and has given us a golf course that is well beyond anything we imagined. This golf course is going to be a wonderful experience for our members, and I believe it will come to be recognized among the top golf venues in the state.”

The new golf course is the centerpiece to the Encanterra, a Trilogy Country Club community currently under development by Shea Homes in the southeast Valley near the new Loop 202 South. As a testament to its quality, the golf course already has been selected as the host site for the 2008 Gateway Tour Winter Series Championship, one of the most prestigious events on the nation’s third largest men’s professional golf tour.

Encanterra presents a classic core-golf design similar to those found at Arizona’s most celebrated venues. Rare in modern design, this technique enables the course to fold into itself, keeping its interaction with the residential aspects of the community to a minimum and creating a superior playing environment where nothing is sacrificed in Encanterra’s pursuit to provide its members with the finest golf experience possible.

The course also will feature a lush landscape palette with more than 140 acres of turf and 25 acres of water. This gives it an aesthetic that is reminiscent of those found at storied old-line country clubs throughout the Southwest where breathtaking views of Superstition and the San Tan Mountains are offset by rich green fairways, mature trees, colorful flower beds and sparkling streams and lakes.

From a strategic standpoint, Lehman said Encanterra is a course that will challenge players, but that they’ll never find it to be unfair.

Encanterra, a Trilogy Country Club

“Good players will appreciate the nuances of strategy that this course presents,” Lehman said. “We’ve worked hard to create situations where players can choose to play a variety of shots. The course does not dictate which shots a player must play.”

He said a good example of this design philosophy is No. 12, a short par 4 that Lehman marks as one of his favorites on the golf course. At just over 315 yards from the back tee, the green is drivable for the longer players. However water surrounds the left side of the green, there are bunkers to the right and the entire green complex slopes from right to left. This creates a risk/reward scenario in which players must decide to either play aggressively and go for the green in hopes of making an eagle (2 under par) or birdie (one under par) or play a conservative tee shot in hopes of making par.

Encanterra is Lehman’s first solo design effort after enjoying considerable critical acclaim for his work with golf course architect John Fought.

Encanterra, a Trilogy Country Club

In addition to championship-caliber golf, Encanterra offers the signature Trilogy lifestyle in a private country club setting. The entire community exudes the Old-World charm and welcoming ambiance of a Mediterranean countryside village.  Yet it affords members a host of decidedly modern luxurious amenities such as a spectacular club with a lush day spa treatments, state-of-the-art fitness facilities and resort-style and junior Olympic swimming pools. Plus, Encanterra offers an inviting restaurant and café offering everything from inspired world-class dining to convenient casual fare. And, Encanterra will be a community for members of all ages.

For membership information or to learn more about Encanterra, a Trilogy Country Club, please contact Brooke Robar by email at or by phone at (480) 348.6087. To learn more about the spectacular Encanterra lifestyle and available residential options, please visit call 800.685.6494.


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