The rerouting of the 18-hole golf course will add variety and enhance practice facilities, with the addition of a short game area, putting green, chipping green, and wedge practice area planned. Construction will get underway this month and the golf course is expected to reopen in fall 2016.
Santa Ana (Calif.) Country Club is embarking on a project that will reroute its golf course, Golf Course Architecture reported.
“While working on the masterplan, we conducted an audit of the current course and determined there was about $5 million in deferred maintenance, including irrigation, drainage, bunkers and greens,” Architect Jay Blasi, who was hired to develop a new masterplan for the golf course by the club back in 2014, said. “At that point, we studied all options for renovating the golf course. We developed multiple concepts that ranged from no rerouting, to partial rerouting, to a complete rerouting. The project committee was almost unanimous in support of the complete rerouting as it best met the goals outlined.”
Blasi identified four main benefits of rerouting the course: improved safety, better natural landforms, added variety, and enhanced practice facilities, Architecture reported.
“In terms of safety, the boundary holes now slice into the property where the old holes were slice side out,” Blasi said. “The new routing takes full advantage of some great slopes, bowls, hillsides, and valleys, and there will be greater variety thanks to the range of par three, four and five holes in the new layout.”
Previously, Santa Ana CC had a short driving range featuring 80-foot-tall nets and poles. As part of Blasi’s masterplan, the course will gain a short game area, putting green, chipping green, a full-length, double-ended range and wedge practice area, Architecture reported.
Pre-construction work got underway at Santa Ana CC in January 2016, with full construction work set to get underway this month. Construction should be complete by summer, with a reopening scheduled for fall, Architecture reported.