Phillip Harison has been coming to Desertâ€™s Edge RV Village in Phoenix almost every winter for 15 years.Â Harison loves the Arizona sunshine and the parkâ€™s amenities, which include a heated swimming pool and spa and exercise room. But he has also been lobbying park owner Saundra Bryn for years to put in a putting green.
â€œEvery time when I arrived in the fall, I would whine, â€˜Whereâ€™s my putting green?â€™” Harison said.
Bryn finally relented and hired Atlanta-based Southwest Greens to install a putting course, which was completed a couple of weeks ago. But she did it her way.Â â€œItâ€™s purple!â€ Bryn exclaimed with a smile. â€œItâ€™s a putting purple!â€
Tom Stuckenschneider, a 16-year sales veteran for Southwest Greens, says Brynâ€™s putting course is likely the only â€œputting purpleâ€ in Arizona, and possibly North America, for that matter, which suits Bryn just fine.
In addition to being her favorite color, the â€œputting purpleâ€ nicely complements her parkâ€™s purple fences as well as its purple table legs and tablecloths. It also echoes the colorful grandeur of Arizonaâ€™s mountains and skyline at sunrise and sunset. It also affords numerous marketing opportunities.
â€œIâ€™m going to have T-shirts and visors made that say, â€˜Have you played the putting purple at the purple park?’â€ Bryn said, adding that she is also planning to host putting tournaments.
Harison is quick to assert he had nothing to do with the color selection for Brynâ€™s putting course. But he says heâ€™ll be the first to try it out.
â€œI do expect one thing,â€ Harison said. â€œThe hole will stand out more because of the color. Iâ€™ll be interested to see if this helps me concentrate better on distance.â€
â€œI think it will be a wonderful addition to the park,â€ said Inge Gosnell, a snowbird from Illinois who spends the winter at an RV site right next to the putting purple. â€œPeople will definitely notice it when they come into the park.â€
Gosnell added that Bryn can develop a side business supplying golf clubs for RVers who donâ€™t have their clubs with them or would simply like to try their luck on a putting purple.
For more information about Desertâ€™s Edge RV Village and its new putting purple, contact Saundra Bryn at 602-672-8263 or visit www.desertsedgerv.com.