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$300,000 in Capital Improvements to Long Beach Golf Courses Completed in Summer 2014

Ten percent of every green fee paid on the City of Long Beach's golf courses goes into a Capital Improvement Fund which generates approximately $1,000,000 per year. Of this amount, approximately $435,000 is earmarked for paying down the Bond that was issued to renovate Skylinks at Long Beach Golf Course in 2003.

The remainder is available for projects that will improve the conditions and life span of the City's golf courses and buildings. In recent years the Maintenance Building at Skylinks and the Restaurant at El Dorado have been either completely rebuilt or significantly renovated, and last year, almost all of the greenside bunkers at Rec Park 18 were rebuilt and significant improvements were made to tees and cart paths at Heartwell and El Dorado.

From June through August of this year, just over $300,000 was used to complete the renovation of the remaining greenside and all of the fairway bunkers at Big Rec, more tees and cart paths were improved at El Dorado and Heartwell and significant improvements were completed at Little Rec GC. Improvements to the on-course restrooms at Skylinks are scheduled to begin at the end of September. Also, an architect has been hired to propose renovations to the Clubhouse, restaurant, pro shop and restrooms at Heartwell GC (the building was originally built in 1958-59) and $250,000 from both the 2014 and 2015 Capital Improvement revenue is being set aside for that project.

Here is a list of just some of the things that have been completed or are still planned for 2014:

Recreation Park 18:

  • New or rebuilt fairway bunkers on holes #2, #4, #9, #14, #16, #17 and #18
  • Enlargement of the putting greens on holes #3 and #17
  • A new "Bride's Room" upstairs in the Clubhouse to lure more weddings and banquets
  • A redone cement patio outside the banquet room to allow for overflow

Recreation Park 9:

  • New Tee Boxes on holes #3, #4, #7 and #8
  • Rebuilt or renovated greenside bunkers on holes #1, #2, #7 and #9
  • New cart path from the 7th green to the 8th tee
  • Redone floor in the on-course men's restroom

El Dorado:

  • New or rebuilt tee boxes on holes #2, #11, #16 and #18
  • Removal of approximately 30 dead or dying trees, or trees that impede the health of surrounding trees or turf, and the planting of approximately 30 new trees in architecturally strategic locations

Heartwell:

  • Rebuilt tee boxes on holes #10, #15, #16
  • New cart path from the 5th green to the 6th tee and the on-course restroom
  • Possible shade structure for the Driving Range

Skylinks:

  • Removal of numerous dead olive trees and planting of replacement trees
  • Renovation of the 4 on-course restrooms

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