Bunker, tee and green enhancements scheduled for El Dorado Park GC

The following renovation work will begin at El Dorado Park Golf Course on April 25, 2016, and last for about one month.

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American Golf and the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine and it’s Golf Advisory Committee feel these changes (and those planned for subsequent years) will enhance the experience of playing El Dorado, including the specific goals of (1) removing or softening hazards that were originally designed before the prevalence of metal woods and the explosion of the golf ball and which now penalize the average or “bogey golfer”; (2) providing a greater challenge to the exceptional or “scratch player”, and (3) lessening the work required by the maintenance crew to prepare the course for play each day.
Noted tree work will be completed once Nesting Season is over, unless a notably dangerous situation is discovered.

Hole #1: Prior to the renovation of El Dorado’s water features, there was a grass bridge between the fairway and the green. The grass bridge is going to be reinstalled. This will allow walkers to not have to go all the way to the bridges by the 2nd tee and 15th green in order to reach the 1st putting green, and will also allow some players to run a shot up toward the green. Two Canary Island Pine trees will be planted in the right rough between 80 and 100 yards from the green to narrow the landing area for long hitters.

Hole #4: The Chinese Elm in the left rough that is closest to the fairway (approximately 40 yards short of the plateau) is diseased and will be removed. The right fairway bunker on the upslope of the plateau currently has a severe lip and is basically directly behind the grove of Ash trees, making a recovery shot very difficult to execute. This bunker will be rebuilt slightly smaller than it currently is and with a shallower front lip. It will also be repositioned approximately 20 feet left of its current position, allowing a recovery shot that, if properly executed, can get to the middle of the fairway. The left fairway bunker on the plateau will be removed to allow an enlarged landing area for the average player, and up to 9 Canary Island Pine and Ash trees will be planted along the left rough-line to redefine the dogleg and offer long-term protection to the park.

Hole #5: The left fairway bunker will be rebuilt generally in place, with a lowered front lip, and two low-hanging branches in the Eucalyptus tree in the left rough, at 140 yards will be removed to allow a more executable recovery shot. The right fairway bunker will be rebuilt at approximately 30-40% of its current size so that balls in that bunker will not be blocked from reaching the green by the trees in the right rough.

Hole #6: The left of the two Chinese Elm trees in the fairway is diseased and will be removed. The right of the two Elm trees is healthy and will be trimmed/crowned.

Hole #7: Up to 7 Black Locust and Tipuana Tipu trees will be planted on and beyond the left mound. The putting green will be expanded by up to 25% along the right side, to allow more usable hole-locations, including some requiring shots played over the lake.

Hole #9: The forward tee box will be enlarged, laser-leveled and re-sodded slightly closer to the cart path.

Hole #10: The three sets of “double bunkers” will each be rebuilt into one bunker. The first left fairway bunker will be approximately 230-245 yards from the blue tees, the right fairway bunker will be approximately 250-270 yards from the blue tees and last left fairway bunker will be approximately 120 yards from the green. A dead Carob and diseased Chinese Elm in the right rough in the vicinity of the newly planted Canary Island Pine (approximately 80 yards from the green) will be removed to widen the fairway for approach shots into the green. A determination on the future of the large Eucalyptus tree in the left fairway, approximately 160 yards off the tee, will be made after the renovation work is completed and Nesting Season has ended.

Hole #11: The forward tee will be enlarged, laser-leveled and re-sodded approximately 15 yards further from the green.

Hole #12: Subtle mounding and new sod will be placed over the roots of the Stone Pine short and left of the green.

Hole #13: The putting green will be enlarged by up to 25% on the right and front portions of the green. A determination on the removal of the Ash tree at the dog leg approximately 65 yards short of the green will be made after the end of Nesting Season.

Hole #14: Subtle mounding and new sod will be placed over the roots of the Stone Pines left of the cart path by the green.

Hole #16: Several diseased or unsafe trees that have lost limbs will be removed; a Pine and Carob at the bend of the cart path, an Ash just left of the cart path at approximately 150 yards from the green, and a Pine behind the right, greenside bunker which recently lost a significant branch, will all be removed.

Hole #18: The forward tee box will be enlarged, laser-leveled and re-sodded.

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