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Construction Problems Delay Westridge Opening

July 07, 1999|MARTIN BECK and PETER YOON

The first official tee shot at Westridge Golf Club in La Habra, originally expected to open this month, won't be hit until this fall.

Construction delays on the hilly former oil field near the corner of Beach Boulevard and Imperial Highway have pushed opening day back, said Patrick Seatter, project manager for the course's owner and builder, Environmental Golf. Seatter said the back nine and two holes on the front of the 6,500-yard public course are finished.

Talega in San Clemente, another upscale public course, is well on the way to completing 12 holes, but is still working to get permits to build the final six, course architect Brian Curley said. Therefore, Talega probably won't be ready to play before next spring.

Last week, Mile Square in Fountain Valley finally started its 18-hole expansion project that had been delayed by a dispute with hobbyists over use of 137 acres next to the existing course.

Rough grading will take two to three months and the new course is expected to be completed by July 2000, said general manager Scott Chaffin, after which the current course will be renovated.

Rough grading is also taking place in Yorba Linda on a piece of land that will become Black Gold Golf Club. The course will be owned by the city of Yorba Linda, which is hoping to open it in November or December of 2000.

"It will be comparable to Tijeras Creek or Coyote Hills, courses of that quality," said Arthur Simonian, Yorba Linda city manager.

COYOTE HILLS HONOR

For the second consecutive year, Coyote Hills in Fullerton has been named one of the top 100 best courses for women by Golf For Women Magazine.

The poll is based on tee time accessibility, clubhouse policies and women's programs. Other factors used in judging were playability, tee box options, female teaching professionals, a set of tees measuring less than 5,500 yards and on-course restrooms.

Coyote Hills was among 10 California courses in the top 100, but the only one in Orange, Los Angeles and San Diego counties.

BATTLE FOR COSTA MESA

The 27th annual Costa Mesa City Championship will be held Aug. 7-8 at Costa Mesa Golf Course.

The $10,000 purse will be divided into five flights. Past winners include current PGA Tour players Mark O'Meara and Scott Simpson.

Entry forms are available at the course or by calling 714-540-7500. Deadline for entry and the $140 fee is July 28.

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