Proposed Long Term Alternatives for El Dorado Park GC

El Dorado Alternatives sm mapClick on Map to View/Download PDF versionOverview: In 1999-2000 the water hazards and bunkers at El Dorado Park GC were renovated. The design of most of the bunkers was very severe for a public golf course, and soon after the redesign, metal woods and improved golf balls burst on the scene and many of the bunkers rebuilt at that time are now more penal for the “bogey golfer” than the “scratch player”. The size and contouring of many of the bunkers also requires intensive maintenance and sand replacement. Since the 1999-2000 renovation, 10 greenside bunkers have been combined or rebuilt to make them more playable and easier to maintain, but to date, no significant improvements have been made to any of the fairway bunkers at the course. Also, most of the trees on the course are between 40 and 50 years old, with many of them nearing the end of their life span. Some trees have also grown to the point of significantly narrowing fairways or requiring exceptional shots to reach the green on certain holes.

American Golf and the City of Long Beach are considering some options recommended by a local golf course architect to improve El Dorado. The first of these options would be implemented during May and June of 2016. All of the possible alternatives to improve the course can be viewed on a display board here, along with descriptions of the alternatives in the accompanying narrative.

General Concepts: Over the next several years, American Golf and the City of Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine would like to consider several alternatives for improvements to the playability and maintenance of El Dorado Park GC in line with the following overarching philosophies:

  • Trim or remove trees that are clearly in decline, trees whose removal would assist the health of stronger trees near them or facilitate better turf growth, or trees whose removal would speed play or enhance the shot options on holes.
  • Plant trees that will provide protection from errant shots, eventually replace trees integral to the design of a particular hole or will provide better visual definition of holes.
  • Remove or soften fairway bunkers that only impact the landing area of the “bogey golfer” for whom such bunkers are too severe.
  • Redesign or relocate bunkers that were designed in such a way as to require extensive maintenance, are too deep, or are contoured or situated such that the player has to clear a bunker lip and keep a shot below a tree that exists between the bunker and the target.
  • Add trees or fairway bunkers that will challenge longer hitters attempting to overpower a particular hole or dogleg.

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El Dorado Park GC Architect’s Proposed Alternatives to Existing Layout – All Front 9 Alternatives

Hole   Proposed Timeline
#1 Add 2 trees in right rough approximately 90-100 yards from green
Recreate walk/grass bridge over narrowest portion of stream May 2016
May 2016
#2 Rebuild right fairway bunker in place When Ash tree fails
Reduce size and depth of front left greenside bunker; remove back bunkers; possible new right greenside bunker 
TBA
#3 Rebuild green 15 yards closer to tee box with new trees as backdrop; new tee to maintain original length  TBA
#4 Rebuild right fairway bunker smaller and closer to fairway to allow unobstructed shot to fairway May 2016
  Remove first left fairway bunker and 1 Chinese Elm in left fairway and replace with 5-7 Canary Pine trees  May 2016
  Rebuild second left fairway bunker with shorter front lip; possibly add 1-2 Ash trees to narrow landing area  2017
  Reduce size and depth of two greenside bunkers  TBA
#5 Rebuild left fairway bunker smaller and closer to closer to fairway beginning at 215 yards from blue tee  May 2016
  Remove furthest right branch of Eucalyptus tree in left rough at 145 yards from green  May 2016
  Rebuild and significantly reduce size of right bunker slightly closer to fairway beginning at 255 yards from blue tee May 2016
  Reduce size and depth of right greenside bunker TBA
#6 Rebuild left fairway bunker beginning approximately 255 yards from blue tee and closer to fairway  TBA
  Remove two Chinese Elm in fairway 65 yards short of green  2016
#7 Rebuild existing tee slightly lower and aimed slightly right; build new championship tee at 525 yards  TBA
  Rebuild first two left fairway bunkers into one bunker 230 yards from blue tee 2017
  Remove Eucalyptus tree in left rough; plant 7 Tipuana or Locust in left rough 260 to 230 yards from green May 2016
  Rebuild two right fairway bunkers into one, slightly further into fairway 280 yards from blue tee 2017
  Remove last left fairway bunker to spread divots and cart wear; 2 Jacaranda left of path short of bunker 2017
  Enlarge green on right side closer to water; rebuild or remove back left bunker May 2016/TBA
#8 Remove right fairway bunker 2017
#9 Enlarge and level forward tee box  May 2016
  Remove back right greenside bunker  TBA

 

El Dorado Park GC Architect’s Proposed Alternatives to Existing Layout – All Back 9 Alternatives

Hole   Proposed Timeline
#10 Remove large Eucalyptus 160 yards off tee and last Chinese Elm and Carob in right rough to widen approach area May 2016
  Rebuild first two left fairway bunkers into one bunker 235 yards from blue tee May 2016
  Rebuild two right fairway bunkers into one bunker 250 yards from blue tee May 2016
  Rebuild last two left fairway bunkers into one bunker 140 yards from green to spread divots and cart traffic May 2016
  Reduce size and depth of greenside bunker and enlarge right side of green behind bunker TBA
#11 Enlarge and level forward tee at 300 yards (possibly repositioned to move cart path out of view of regular tee box) May 2016 / TBA
  Rebuild existing fairway bunker 230 yards from blue tee 2017
  Remove two Chinese Elm and add 1 Canary Pine in right rough at 85 yards from green 2017
  Rebuild existing greenside bunkers and enlarge back of green TBA
#12 Create subtle mounding to cover roots of Stone Pine left of green May 2016
#13 Remove 1 or 2 Ash trees in right rough at 65 yards from green May 2016
  Enlarge front of green; possibly rebuild left greenside bunker to become more visible May 2016/TBA
#14 Rebuild fairway bunker basically in place TBA
  Create subtle mounding to cover roots of Stone Pines left of green May 2016
  Reduce depth of greenside bunker; enlarge back and right side of green TBA
#15 Rebuild fairway bunker basically in place TBA
#16 Remove 2 existing fairway bunkers; build new right fairway bunker noticeably into the fairway, 70 yards from green 2017
  Remove failing Carob and Pine trees blocking dog leg from Long Beach Open tee box May 2016
  Remove failing pine behind right side of green and bunker for more sunlight May 2016
#18 Enlarge and level forward tee 2017
  Remove two left fairway bunkers; plant 7-8 Canary Pines on mound 2017
  Remove last fairway bunker; plant 4-5 Jacaranda trees to pinch landing area 2017

 

Proposed Work in May 2016

Hole #1 Two new Canary Pines approximately 90-100 yards from green in right rough
Recreate walk/grass bridge over narrowest section of stream
Hole #4 Rebuild right fairway bunker smaller and closer to fairway (Pending more public input, we may just remove this bunker) Remove first left fairway bunker and 1 Chinese Elm in left fairway (trim crown of other Chinese Elm)
Plant up to 7 Canary Pine (or Ash) along left side of plateau and maybe up to 2 Ash in second shot landing area
Hole #5 Remove furthest right branch of Eucalyptus in left rough at 145 yards
Rebuild left fairway bunker smaller and slightly closer to fairway beginning 215 yards from blue tee Rebuild right fairway bunker significantly smaller and slightly closer to fairway beginning 255 yards from blue tee
Hole #6 Remove Chinese Elm in fairway (awaiting public sentiment)
Hole #7 Remove Eucalyptus at far side of mound in left rough; plant 7 Tipuana Tipu and/or Locust trees on left of, and beyond mound Enlarge right side of green
Hole #9 Level and enlarge forward tee in place
Hole #10 Remove Eucalyptus off tee box and last Chinese Elm and Carob in right rough (potential Eucalyptus removal awaiting public input) Rebuild first two left bunkers into one bunker slightly closer to green and fairway 235 yards from blue tee
Rebuild two right bunkers into one bunker 250 yards from blue tee
Rebuild last two left fairway bunkers into one bunker 140 yards from green
Hole #11 Level and enlarge forward tee approximately 20 yards further from green
Hole #12 Subtle mounding to cover Stone Pine roots left of green
Hole #13 Remove one Ash tree in right rough (tree closest to tee and closest to fairway)
Enlarge front of green
Hole #14 Subtle mounding to cover Stone Pine roots left of green
Hole #16 Remove failing Carob and Pine trees at dogleg of shot from championship tee; 2nd Ash in right rough; pine behind greenside bunker
Hole #18 Level and enlarge forward tee in place

Bunkers removed: 1 Two bunkers combined into one: 6 to 3 Rebuilt bunkers (smaller in place): 3 Trees removed: 9 Trees planted: 15-18