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Officials Plan Bigger and Better Golf Course for Scholl Canyon

July 18, 1991

Glendale officials are planning to build a bigger and better golf course to replace one atop the Scholl Canyon landfill that was closed down in 1988 because of potentially explosive levels of leaking methane.

The city has since installed a new system that collects gas produced naturally by the decomposition of trash and debris at the 410-acre landfill in the San Rafael Hills.

The Glendale City Council on Tuesday authorized city officials to seek proposals from private developers to build the new golf course, which is expected to cost about $3 million. Nello Iacono, director of parks, recreation and community services, said more than a dozen firms have inquired about building the course in exchange for a long-term lease.

The nine-hole, 1,700-yard course at Scholl Canyon that was closed had been plagued with problems even before it opened in 1981. Fairways and greens continually shifted as much as 15 feet and the landscaping was seared by the leaking gas. Still, the course averaged 36,000 rounds of play per year.

Officials are considering expanding the current 35-acre site to 56.5 acres, which would allow construction of a regulation-size nine-hole course or an 18-hole executive course.

Tennis courts, restrooms and a reservations office at the sports complex were reopened last October.

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