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March 2, 2001
Matt Grenert NEWPORT BEACH -- The Hoag Heart Institute and Medtronic USA Inc. on Wednesday began donating automatic external defibrillators to 10 golf courses, public and private, throughout Orange County. Portable and easy to use, the defibrillators restore normal heart rhythm in victims suffering from heart attacks, which kill about 220,000 Americans each year. "Placing [the defibrillators] in public places has been shown to dramatically increase the chance of survival for these victims," said Joel Manchester, medical director at the Hoag Institute.
By Brianna Bailey | November 30, 2007
Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach has officially squashed John Wayne Airport plans to pave over the back nine holes of Newport Beach Golf Course. “We met with the airport director and discussed a lot of options and other alternatives,” Moorlach said. The land where half the golf course sits is owned by Orange County, and the golf course’s lease ran out earlier this year, prompting officials to mull over turning the back nine holes into parking for rental cars.
By Matt Szabo | October 25, 2007
Golf courses around the Newport-Mesa area have experienced decreases in play this week, as smoke and ash linger in the air from the Santiago fire. Winds earlier in the week combined with smoke over the last several days have made Newport Beach Country Club “look like a war zone,” said Newport Beach Country Club manager Perry Dickey. Newport Beach Country Club women’s golfers canceled the first two rounds of their President’s Cup, originally scheduled for Tuesday and today.
June 3, 2006
Irecently read in the Daily Pilot about Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor's proposal to eliminate nine holes from the Mesa Linda Golf Course at Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club and convert them to athletic fields for young people ("Plan swaps golf holes for fields," Sunday). I cannot adequately describe my dismay at this ill-conceived proposal. The two golf courses at the Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club are the premier public golf courses in Orange County. There are simply no other golf courses within 50 miles that provide the same level of value, accessibility and quality.
By John Reger | August 26, 2009
One of the best causes in golf is happening Sept. 4 through Sept. 7 and golfers can help in a very direct way. The Patriot Golf Day will again return to golf courses across the country and the two courses in Costa Mesa — Costa Mesa Country Club and Mesa Verde Country Club — are both participating. Major Dan Rooney, who is the founder of the Folds of Honor Foundation, came up with the idea. That organization provides postsecondary educational scholarships for the children and spouses of military men and women disabled or killed while serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
December 14, 2003
If you look at a map -- or even better, an aerial photograph -- of Newport Beach and Costa Mesa, you're sure to see plenty of open, green space where the area's many golf courses lie. From the south end with Pelican Hill to the north end with Mesa Verde Country Club, Newport-Mesa seemingly is stock full of places this game. There is even a variety of prices to suit most pocketbooks, starting with the nine-hole Newport Beach Golf Course and ending with Big Canyon Country Club.
October 5, 2000
-- Mathis Winkler BIG CANYON -- Newport Beach police detectives are investigating vandalism at three golf greens at the Big Canyon Country Club. Vandals destroyed grass by painting such Nazi insignias as the "SS" sign and a swastika, as well as lewd drawings and writings on the ground, said Sgt. Mike McDermott, the Newport Beach Police Department spokesman. The white substance used in the crime has not been identified and groundskeepers are still determining the extent of the damage.
January 27, 2000
Richard Dunn When Brad Booth arrived as head professional at Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club seven years ago, he had a dream. Mainly, it was the vision that the term o7 country clubf7 would actually be true in the facility's description. The complaint box was always full. Both golf courses, Los Lagos and the shorter Mesa Linda, were deteriorating. Bunkers seemed to have dirt, not sand; water hazards had no water; and the threadbare fairways, well, didn't seem quite fair for the price of admission.
December 19, 2002
NEWPORT COAST -- A "Super Bowl Golf Tournament and Party" has been scheduled for Jan. 26 at Pelican Hill Golf Club and Tommy Bahama in Newport Beach. Reservations are being taken on a first-come, first-serve basis with a limited number of playing spots available. A corporate foursome is $1,500 and individuals are $400. Beneficiary of the tournament and party is Human Options, a non-profit organization that helps women, families and the community with "breaking the cycle of domestic violence."
By Houston Mitchell | March 19, 2014
You might want to ask for a mulligan if this happens. Scientists at UC Irvine announced Wednesday that titanium-coated clubs can cause plants and grass on golf courses to catch on fire. Orange County Fire Authority Capt. Steve Concialdi told the Associated Press that the results confirm suspicions investigators have had that titanium clubs caused a fire that burned 25 acres at Irvine's Shady Canyon in 2010 and a much smaller fire a year later at Arroyo Trabuco Golf Club in Mission Viejo that burned close to homes.
By Paloma Esquivel | November 12, 2013
Orange County Great Park designer Ken Smith was hired for his vision. When he looked out at 1,300 acres of runways and abandoned buildings at a former military base in Irvine, he imagined a gathering place that could provide a center to this sprawling county, rivaling New York's Central Park and San Diego's Balboa Park. But after years of designing an ambitious park, for which he and his team were paid millions, it seems increasingly likely that Smith's vision will be pushed aside in favor of a more pragmatic plan.
May 3, 2013
UC Irvine women's golfers Michelle Park and Luciane Lee have been selected to participate as individuals in the NCAA West Regional, May 9-11 at the Stanford Golf Course. Park, a senior, has posted four top-10 finishes this season and leads UCI with a 75.33 scoring average. Lee, a freshman, has a 76.05 scoring average. She was second at the Fresno State tournament and third at the Juli Inkster Invitational. The top eight teams and top two individuals from three total regional sites will advance to the championship finals, May 21-24 at the University of Georgia Golf Course.
March 26, 2013
Bees attacked three workers in a lift at the Costa Mesa Mesa Country Club, authorities said. The Costa Mesa Fire Department responded to 1701 Golf Course Drive at about 2:34 p.m. Saturday. Firefighters used foam to disperse the swarm that attacked workers who were 40 to 50 feet above the ground, according to the department. Workers were treated before they were sent to a local hospital, firefighters said. Their conditions were not made public as of Tuesday. Twenty-one fire department personnel responded to the scene.
By Steve Virgen | October 23, 2012
Grace Ferrell, a Newport Harbor High freshman, has learned a great deal of lessons in what has been a stellar debut season in girls' golf. She has competed in the talented Sunset League, where she finished tied for third at last week's finals. Even then she continued to receive some golf education. "I've learned just to stay calm, even through all the pressure," Ferrell said Tuesday night. Ferrell, as well as Corona del Mar freshman Amy Matsuoka and Estancia's Cassie Stevenson and Naomi Beth must use that same mentality as they compete in the CIF Southern Section Southern Regional individual tournament Wednesday morning at Recreation Golf Course in Long Beach.
March 19, 2012
The Resort at Pelican Hill's golf course received top-notch marks in Condé Nast Traveler's April 2012 list of "Top 121 Golf Resorts," according to a news release. The Newport Coast property was the only resort in California to achieve a perfect score in course design and access. Pelican Hill's overall score, based upon ratings in eight categories, was calculated as 96.6. "The beauty of Pelican Hill's coastal setting can be distracting for golfers, so I framed each hole to help keep their focus on the game," golf course architect Tom Fazio, who designed Pelican Hill's two 18-hole courses, said in a prepared statement.
By Bryce Alderton | March 10, 2012
Ron Benedict and staff had to do "emergency surgery" to the golf course at Newport Beach Country Club two weeks ago. A good 'ole fashioned flush for two days for a course that is preparing to host the annual Toshiba Classic next month. Benedict and his crew drenched the fairways and tee boxes under 4 1/2 feet of water to flush out the sodium from the turf. Salt is grass' enemy. Only one other time in Benedict's 22 years at the club have they had to soak the course. The culprit is lack of rainfall.
By Mark S. Miller | September 2, 2011
The British during imperial times built golf courses in India, only to encounter an unexpected problem: monkeys delighted in joining the game by picking up golf balls and dropping them in other places, sometimes nowhere near where the shot had landed or the intended hole. Fences were useless in keeping monkeys off the course. Following the Darwinian principle of adapt or perish, the golfers finally accepted reality and changed the rules of the game. Should a monkey move one's golf ball, one had to play it from the spot where the monkey dropped it. Given that monkeys were indifferent to whether they improved the golfer's lie by their mischief or not, roughly as many strokes were gained as lost through this expedient.
By B.W. Cook | May 20, 2011
Mesa Verde Country Club welcomed a field of 72 golfers playing in the sixth annual SPIN (Serving People In Need) Golf Tournament. SPIN is a local nonprofit dedicated to eradicating homelessness in Orange County. Head pro Tom Sargent greeted the teams of golfers who helped raise an estimated $23,400 by the end of the Monday tournament. The funds go toward SPIN's programs that provide housing, rehabilitation, counseling, food and job training for individuals and families suffering from homelessness and substance abuse.
By Mike Reicher, | November 5, 2010
Editor's note: This corrects the length of the lease terms. Golfers could keep hitting balls under the bellies of flying jets for another decade if the County Board of Supervisors signs a new lease with the Newport Beach Golf Course on Tuesday. Four years ago, the county scrapped John Wayne Airport's controversial plan to pave a parking lot over the public course and decided to renew its land lease. But the lease was on a month-to-month basis, and the course's owners and some golfers were left in uncertainty.
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