The City of Long Beach and American Golf are considering a project to renovate the bunkers at Recreation Park 18 (as was done last year at El Dorado Park GC),
and restore the greens that have shrunk over time as the Kikuyu collars have expanded. Attached here are drawings of what is being considered for each green/bunker complex.
There are multiple goals for this project including: 1) More total puttable area on all of the greens, 2) Smaller but more strategically placed bunkers that will reduce maintenance costs and speed play, 3) Provide the option for some more challenging hole locations on some greens, 4) More visual appeal to the bunkering. We also believe this will generally help pace of play.
We are hopeful to begin this project sometime in the summer when new sod can take hold quickly. This year we would do all of the bunker work and a trial green expansion on hole #4. These improvements would be paid for with funds from the Golf Capital Improvement Fund which is funded by 10% of all green fees paid. If you have any comments -- positive or negative -- on the concept of this project or particular parts of it, you may go to the Contact Us drop down and submit comments thru the Feedback Form option.