Ten percent of every green fee on each of the City of Long Beach golf courses goes into a Capital Improvement Project (CIP) Fund to allow continual reinvestment into our municipal golf courses, which are a true asset of the City. In 2015, just a tad over $1,000,000 was deposited into the CIP Fund, with $438,000 of that being used for the annual payments on the Bond that was created to fund the rebuilding of Skylinks GC in 2004. Attached are some pictures from some of the projects completed in 2015. In addition to these projects, approximately $420,000 has been earmarked from 2014 and 2015 for the renovation of the restrooms, restaurant and pro shop at Heartwell, a project which began in December.
Items currently planned for 2016 include:
- A first phase of a project to renovate the bunkers built in approximately 2000, before the golf ball and clubs “exploded”.
- Rebuilding up to three forward tee boxes and building mounds to cover exposed roots around the 12th and 14th greens.
- Drainage improvements to the “Big Tent” to reduce slippery conditions when it rains
- Beautification of the wedding area and replacing the awning around the restaurant
- Additional tree planting to coincide with the first phase of the bunker project
Rec Park 18
- Rebuilding of the 12 and 16th tee boxes, and possibly enlargement of the 16th green
Rec Park 9-hole
- Installation of French drains in front of the 4th and 6th greens
- Repairs to cracking cart paths
- Repairs to a flooding situation by the coffee shop maintenance door
- Rebuilding some of the most problematic and unfair bunkers on holes #12, #13 and #17
- New aerators in two of the lakes to prevent algae build-up
- Completion of the Clubhouse, restaurant, restroom and pro shop project
- Kitchen upgrades
- Upgrades to certain wiring for on-course lights
Check out the Photo Gallery of the 2015 Improvements
The split rail fence at both Recreation Park courses was replaced in November.
The brick planters on the driving range at Big Rec were removed to allow more space. They were replaced by colored pavers and two memorial benches for two of Rec Park’s legendary golf professionals will be installed after the first of the year.
The 13th, 14th and 18th tee boxes were all renovated, including laser-leveling and new Bermuda Grass Sod.
#18 tee box shown after completion of the rebuild, prior to reopening.
The 13th tee box was leveled, enlarged, re-sodded and a new protective screen was installed.
The hallway by the restrooms in the Clubhouse at Big Rec were redone in tile instead of carpet. American Golf completed this project outside of the CIP Fund.
The kitchen at Little Rec was gutted and new tile, paint and equipment was installed.
New look to the Kitchen and counter at the Little Rec coffee shop.
Both of the on-course restrooms at Little Rec were redone with new tile, fixtures and paint.
A new protective screen was built along the 4th tee box at Rec South.
Bunkers on the front of #2 and back of #3 (shown here) at El Dorado were re-worked to lower the lips that had built-up with sand over the years.
Approximately 50 yards of the netting on the right side of the Driving Range at El Dorado was replaced.
The cart storage barn at El Dorado was expanded to allow the acquisition of additional carts.
The additional carts come in very handy on the warmer days of summer.
A total of 39 new trees were planted at El Dorado (and 26 will be planted at Big Rec).
The new trees serve several purposes, including eventually providing safety as older trees die, and adding to the architectural integrity and visual appeal of the holes.
An enlarged cart staging area was built at Skylinks to allow a better flow of cart traffic.
New patio furniture and a gas fire pit were added on the patio at Skylinks.
The fence between the 15th hole at Heartwell and Birdcage Park was replaced to provide more safety to the park.
Part of the project at Heartwell includes the enlargement of the indoor restrooms to meet ADA standards.