Mile Square Regional Park in Fountain Valley, Calif., home to three public golf courses, could be subject to Orange County’s repurposing of one for general recreational use. Supporters of the course fear closing one could raise rates on the others, putting golf out of reach for many.
Facing steady decline in the last decade, the Alondra Park, Calif. property has been identified as one of five Los Angeles County golf courses that could be repurposed for additional parkland in the area. The course sits between North Torrance and Lawndale, which have been identified as two areas in need of additional green space.…
The proposed golf course in Newport Coast, a community in Newport Beach, Calif., would sit on the former Coyote Canyon Landfill, which was open from 1963 to 1990. The development would include an 18-hole golf course, fast-play short course, practice facility, a double-deck driving range, bar and grill, and a 2,000-sq. ft. clubhouse. The County…
A report compiled after county supervisors questioned a proposed $7.5 million upgrade to the Lakewood (Calif.) CC course recommended opening up some of the county’s 18 facilities to include a wider range of activities. “This is big open space, and I think there’s less and less people who are actually taking the time to spend the day golfing,” one supervisor said in assessing the usage and profit picture of the country’s largest golf system of its kind.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors has given approval for lease negotiations to begin with potential developers of about 200 acres of the former Coyote Canyon landfill outside of Newport Beach, Calif. The leading plan would build an 18-hole short course, a double-ended, double-decker driving range, 12,000-sq. ft. clubhouse, 16,000 sq. ft. of ballrooms and wedding gardens, and a food court with a patio.
The news for the industry isn’t as bad as often portrayed, Paul Levy, who is also the General Manager of Toscana CC in Indian Wells, Calif., told those attending an industry summit. “There are a lot of really great things happening out there and we as an industry, especially the leaders, have to talk positively,” he said.
According to an analysis by the Desert Sun, golf courses in the region fell short of statewide efforts to reduce water use by 25%. Montecito Country Club in Santa Barbara, Calif., is addressing the water concerns by renovating the golf course using low-water grass, an updated irrigation system, native trees and improved drainage in a project expected to be complete by the end of 2017.
The Thousand Oaks, Calif., property is putting the finishing touches on the project, which is designed to reduce annual water usage by 25%, taking out 30 acres of turf and replacing it with drought-resistant native plants and mulch, and installing a new irrigation system.
Though the Southern California Golf Association reports that the industry is doing fairly well overall, the Inland Empire region faces operations challenges, due to increased costs for water and energy, as developers seek new swaths of land to build homes and commercial space.
The two-day symposium at Brookside GC in Pasadena, Calif., will bring together industry experts and leaders to share tools, insights, ideas and solutions to help golf facilities enhance operations and improve the golf experience.
The draft regulations would require golf courses using private wells and other commercial properties relying on an “independent source of water supply” to limit irrigation to two days a week or achieve a 25 percent reduction in water use.
Through a state grant, the water district will offer cash rebates of up to $15,000 per acre (up to a maximum of seven acres per golf property) to encourage the area’s 123 golf courses to remove grass and replace it with desert landscaping.
Using “smart” watering technology designed to prevent unneeded irrigation, replacing grass with drought-tolerant plants and relying on recycled water when economically feasible are among the tactics that properties are using to comply with restrictions imposed by a 2009 law that mandates 20 percent statewide usage reduction by 2020. A drought emergency declared this year has intensified the need for conservation.
Following up on an agreement made last year, the Palm Desert, Calif., club has begun using recycled water for irrigation, reducing the pumping of groundwater from an aquifer that has been declining. The Berger Foundation loaned the water district more than $2.2 million to complete the pipeline that officials say expedited the project by two or three years.
The commitment was made at a meeting with officials of the region’s water district, “not as a response to the drought,” said the group’s spokesman, “[but as] a response to the whole notion of long-term sustainability.”