The following is a brief Executive Summary of the Golf Course Restoration Plan for El Cab.
After consulting with Rees Jones Design, Inc, the El Cab Board of Directors recommended the following Golf Course Restoration Project to the membership, which the membership approved in December 2019 with a 68% approval:
Re-turf the entire course with Santa Ana Hybrid Bermuda fairways, and Bandera Hybrid Bermuda roughs in order to improve the golf course’s long-term sustainability and year-round conditioning
Rebuild all the greens to current USGA standards and plant with Pure Distinction Creeping Bentgrass
Rebuild and reshape all of the bunkers, and in some cases re-locate several of them.
Remove trees as recommended by our professionals to provide necessary sunlight and air circulation to encourage ideal conditions for turf health without changing the strategic nature of a parkland treelined golf course.
Add, realign, and improve tee-boxes.
Reconfigure and improve the layout of our practice area to create an enhanced member experience and better mimic shots encountered on the course.
Add a large practice putting green behind the 18th hole that would be lighted at night.
Create a more beautiful and cohesive landscape throughout the course and native areas, consistent with California native species which are easy to maintain and require less water.
We expect the course would be closed for 9 months beginning in mid-February 2021, re-opening in the Fall of 2021.
The practice area is currently under construction and we anticipate opening the driving range in mid-December. The new practice putting green and short game area will need more time for greens to fully mature and we anticipate opening those areas in early March 2021. This will allow the practice area to be fully open for the membership to enjoy during the course restoration.
The opening of the driving range will also have an exciting new addition in Toptracer Range Mobile. Toptracer is the same technology you see used on televised golf tournaments every week to track the shots of the game’s best players. With Toptracer Range Mobile you can compete against other members and friends, play skills-based games, and receive instant shot feedback right on your mobile device.
We will have reciprocity at many L.A. area clubs, including Hillcrest, Brentwood, Sherwood, Lakeside, North Ranch, Rolling Hills, Annandale, Oakmont, as well as many other local clubs, Woodland Hills, Valencia, The Oaks Club at Valencia, Calabasas, Saticoy, Braemar, Porter Valley, Wood Ranch, Las Posas, Spanish Hills and more.
The expected cost of the project, including the operating loss from closure, will be approximately $9.87 million and funded through prepaid assessments and a bank loan. Members may pay the assessment in full for $19,100 to avoid any interest expense or $260/month per Participating Member paid over 7 years including principal and interest.
Members wishing to leave the club during the 7-year financing period would have their remaining assessment assumed by the new membership. If a member prepaid their assessment and they sell their membership within the 7-year financing period, they will receive a pro-rated refund of their assessment. The remaining balance will be assumed by the new member purchasing their membership.
The Board believes that this significant investment made by the members reaffirms our club’s position in the marketplace as a top tier club and the value of our memberships should reflect the investment made by the members. As such, the Board currently has set the price of a Participating membership at $45,000 with the intention of raising that significantly before opening the new golf course in the Fall of 2021.
Upon completion of the restoration, we anticipate enjoying a brand new 7,000 yard Robert Trent Jones, Sr. designed course, restored by his son Rees Jones, world-renowned architect and known as the “Open Doctor” for his extensive restoration work on US Open and major championship golf courses.
Our wild swings in course conditions will be dramatically improved and we will be in excellent condition year round, will not require over-seeding, nor multi-week closures, and will significantly reduce our use of water and chemicals. This restoration and turf conversion will make El Cab much more environmentally friendly and a much better steward of the our most precious natural resource: water. The turf conversion will allow El Cab to save approximately 28 million gallons of water per year.
Hybrid Bermuda will go dormant in the winter but will still provide a very good playing surface in the colder months. The first year’s winter of 2021 will likely be the most challenging for dormancy. The turf will still be fairly young and immature, so the first winter’s frost and cold temperatures will produce dormant conditions quickly. In future years, this scenario will improve dramatically. The more mature the turf gets the better it holds its color and playability in the colder months.
We believe the member experience and the El Cab brand will be greatly enhanced as a result of this Restoration.
Driving Range: Construction complete, range open with new Toptracer Range technology!
Short Game Area: Construction complete, seeding in progress, grow in time 90-120 days, projected to open mid-March.
GOLF COURSE: Currently closed for construction.
Nine months of construction, projected to open November 2021.
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Other Club Amenities
All other club amenities will remain open during the golf course construction.
Rees Jones was born into the game of golf. He learned to play as a youngster, competing as a junior golfer, in college and while in the army. He grew up traveling with his family to golf courses all over the world and worked in the summers for his father, renowned golf course architect Robert Trent Jones Sr. After college at Yale and graduate studies at Harvard, he went to work in 1965 as a principal in Robert Trent Jones, Inc. Ten years later in 1974, he founded his own design firm, Rees Jones, Inc., headquartered in his hometown of Montclair, New Jersey.
He has designed or redesigned more than 230 golf courses in his career. The company offers a full range of services to help each client achieve its goal by providing an outstanding final product that is completed on schedule and within the client's budget.
Jones has earned the moniker "The Open Doctor" for his redesign of courses in preparation for major championships. His remodeling skills have been applied to seven U.S. Open venues, nine PGA Championship courses, six Ryder Cup and two Walker Cup sites as well as the President's Cup at The Royal Montreal Golf Club. Several of his redesigned courses have been selected as FedEx Championship sites including East Lake Golf Club, the permanent site of the PGA TOUR's Tour Championship.
Among his notable original designs are Nantucket Golf Club, Atlantic Golf Club, The Golf Club at Briar's Creek, RedStick Golf Club, Ocean Forest Golf Club, Haig Point Club, Waldorf Astoria Golf Club , The Bridge and Cascata Golf Course.
Rees has been recognized many times for his contributions to the game. His awards include the 2013 Donald Ross Award from the American Society of Golf Course Architects, induction into both the New Jersey Sports Writers Association Hall of Fame in 2012 and the Northern California Golf Association Hall of Fame in 2015, the 2012 Robert Moses Master Builder Award, the 1998 Metropolitan Golf Association Distinguished Service Award, the 2002 Metropolitan Golf Writers Distinguished Service Award, Golf World Magazine's 1995 Golf Architect of the Year, The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America's Old Tom Morris Award in 2004, two architectural awards from the International Network of Golf, and the 2000 Robert Morris Award of the Welsh Society of Philadelphia. In February 2014, Rees was the recipient of the Golf Course Builder's Association of America's Don A. Rossi Award earning Rees the distinction of being one of seven people (Byron Nelson, Michael Hurdzan, Robert Trent Jones, Sr., Jack Nicklaus, Arnold Palmer and Pete Dye) to have been awarded the Donald Ross Award, the Old Tom Morris Award and the Don A. Rossi Award. In January 2016, the MetGCSA honored Rees with its John Reid Lifetime Achievement Award. Presented annually this honor is reserved for an individual who, through continuing commitment, has shown exemplary support to the game of golf and golf course superintendents.
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