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 golf course has been shut down for play since February for a rerouting of all 18 holes, and will open in November, when the new bentgrass greens have grown in. The water-conscientious redesign incorporates over 30 acres of native grasses, and is expected to reduce consumption by over 66 million gallons per year.
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.
The 114-year-old property is ripping out 30 acres of turf, draining five artificial lakes, installing a new irrigation system and removing hundreds of non-native trees as part of an $8 million project that is expected to cut water use by a third.
After one developer made an unsolicited offer on the property, eight more developers came forward with offers in just three weeks. The club’s General Manager/COO confirmed that the property is not for sale.