Tom Lehman Designs a New Desert Course for Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa

TUCSON, Ariz., Feb. 9 /PRNewswire/ — Under the direction of 2006 Ryder Cup Captain Tom Lehman, the Omni Tucson National Golf Resort & Spa, home to the PGA TOUR’s Chrysler Classic of Tucson, has begun construction on a new desert style course to complement the resort’s traditional parkland championship course. In addition, two holes on the championship course will be redesigned to lengthen and tighten the holes in time for the 2006 tournament, pending approval of the PGA TOUR.

“With Tom Lehman’s signature, the new desert course will become a much-in- demand destination for golfers,” said David Morgan, general manager of the resort. “And, it will complement and enhance our reputation as among the finest golf and spa resorts in America.”

Lehman and his team will create the new desert course by adding nine holes to the existing nine-hole Green course. In designing the course, Lehman’s objectives were to utilize and protect the natural washes and native vegetation, to create a seamless appearance between the two parcels and to fashion a layout that will require golfers to hit a variety of shots.

“I’m looking forward to doing my part in creating a golf course that the members and guests will enjoy, find interesting, feel challenged by and look forward to playing again and again,” said Lehman.

Ranked in 2004 as one of America’s top golf resorts by both Golf Digest and Conde Nast Traveler, the 650-acre Omni Tucson National is a four-star, four-diamond award-winning resort in the Santa Catalina Mountains. In addition to championship golf, the resort offers a 13,000 square-foot world- class spa, two sparkling pools, lighted tennis courts, two fine restaurants, 15,000 square feet of meeting space and 167 elegantly-designed rooms.

Lehman will lead the American team into the 2006 Ryder Cup matches against the European team. The Lehman Design Group is based in Scottsdale and currently has golf courses in the planning or construction stage in Arizona, California and Canada.

Omni Hotels, based in Irving, Texas, offers luxury accommodations at 40 hotels and resorts located throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico. Omni Hotels offers unsurpassed meeting facilities with a wide range of guest services and amenities. Guests can locate hotels and book accommodations by visiting http://www.omnihotels.com/ or calling 1-800-THE-OMNI.

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