March 24, 2016
NCGA Golf Notebook: New Look for Preserve, Greenhorn Creek Turns 20
The Preserve Golf Club Beginning a Smart and Significant Renovation
The Preserve Golf Club has started a renovation project that will result in new turf in the fairways, redesigned bunkers, new tees and most importantly a marked decrease in its water use by 35 million gallons per year.
The fairways of the private course, located in Carmel Valley, will be changed from bent grass to Santa Ana Hybrid Bermuda grass. The club has also contracted with Tim Jacksonland The Fazio Group to undertake a complete renovation of its bunkers, with some holes to receive strategically located new bunkers. Further, new tees will be added to seven holes, adding length and variety and creating additional shot choices for players.
As per the water, the club and The Santa Lucia Preserve were able to realize a marked reduction in water use by improving and increasing the course’s ability to collect and store drainage water. The course could reap savings of 22 million gallons of water per year initially, and when all efforts are completed, savings are expected to be as high as 35 million gallons annually.
One retention pond, built and funded by the Santa Lucia Preserve Community Services District, is complete and can potentially hold eight million gallons of stored water. The club is also looking to expand a second pond, which will hold another 7.8 million gallons, as well as a third pond capable of holding 9.7 million gallons. Adding and enlarging the ponds will continue through 2017.
Santa Ana Hybrid Bermuda needs less water than the bent grass it is replacing, is more drought resistant and goes dormant (changing from green to white to brown) in cooler temperatures, further reducing water needs. The new grass will need 30% to 50% less water.
Designed by Tom Fazio, the 365-acre course is ranked on the prestigious Golf Digest list of America’s Top 100 Golf Courses.
RTJ2 to Participate in Greenhorn Creek Resort’s 20th Anniversary Celebration
On May 9, Greenhorn Creek Resort near Angels Camp will celebrate its 20th anniversary.
Among the golf dignitaries expected to be on hand for the occasion are architect Robert Trent Jones Jr., Fritz Grupe, the Stockton-based developer and owner of Greenhorn Creek and World Golf Hall of Famer Patty Sheehan and former PGA/Champions Tour player Dick Lotz, who both were involved with the initial course design.
The public is welcome to join the celebration with an all-inclusive entry fee of $185 (includes golf, lunch, wine tasting shirt, hat, commemorative swag and other goodies). The festivities will begin at 10 a.m.
Space for the 20th anniversary celebration is limited. For more info or to register, please visit www.greenhorncreek.com or call (209) 729-8111.
Golf Novel Night Lessons Released
Author Don Anslow has released his new golf novel, Night Lessons.
The book is a father-son reunification tale framed in a golf setting and touched lightly with magic realism. Night Lessons (publisher Lucky Bat Books www.luckybatbooks.com) imagines a caddie whose players never lose. That caddie, Rama Schwain, has a remarkable gift that draws excellence from people and extraordinary games from golfers. But tragic consequences ensue when his estranged father and a washed-up golf hustler each arrive to exploit the magic. As that conflict develops, forces are at play to rob them all of Rama’s magic.
New Golf Facility in San Mateo
Makia Nakamura has opened a state of the art golf facility, Relic Golf, for tour players in San Mateo.
According to Nakamura, Relic Golf is the only location in NorCal with a virtual HD golf simulator that uses cameras and infrared to detect clubhead speed, clubhead angle at impact, launch angle and ball spin rates. The simulator also allows one to play full courses including Pebble Beach Golf Links, Torrey Pines and Pinehurst No.2.
Relic Golf, which is open to both golfers and non-golfers, regularly hosts simulator events including 2-Person, 2-Hole Challenge, 9-Hole miniature golf, 40-foot putt challenge, closest-to-the-pin and longest drive.
For more info, please visit www.relicgolf.com or call (510)-512-0617.