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May 19, 2004
Bryce Alderton The spike in temperatures a few weeks ago reminded us all that summer is just around the corner. With the onset of warmer temperatures, longer days and thoughts of vacations creeping onto the radar, more people will undoubtedly head to area golf courses to snag that 4 p.m. tee time that will still allow them to complete 18 holes -- provided the group in front doesn't conform to the slow-play mantra....
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.
April 28, 2004
Bryce Alderton Get in a car and drive on any street or freeway in Orange County and, often, within 15 minutes a golf course will come into view. Newport-Mesa features seven 18-hole courses at six golf facilities (Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club has two 18-hole layouts). Golfers have a platter of places to choose from. But they haven't always come out in droves, especially last year. The National Golf Foundation last month released the results of an online survey of U.S. golf facilities to collect data on rounds played in 2003 compared to 2002.
August 29, 2002
Stephen Santacroce When I'm not writing or working at my real estate job, I like to squeeze in a round of golf every now and then. Despite the frustration the sport can incite, golf courses are usually situated in grand settings and provide for a relaxing afternoon with friends. I wouldn't go so far as to call myself a golfer (nor would anyone who's played with me), but I enjoy the game. Eighteen holes can work up an appetite, especially when most of your time is spent looking for lost balls.
September 28, 2001
Richard Dunn NEWPORT BEACH - Golf professional Ted Norby, a 1982 Corona del Mar High graduate and former UC Irvine standout, broke the course record Sept. 19 at Newport Beach Country Club with a 10-under-par 61. Norby, playing with local pros Eric Woods and Dave Donnellan, a former assistant pro at Newport Beach, shot 31-30--61 to break Hale Irwin's 62, carded in the final round of the 1998 Toshiba Senior Classic on the Senior PGA Tour. Irwin's 62, which included the Famous Bunker Rake Shot at 17 and shattered the previous course record of 64 held by several players, remains as the tournament course record at Newport Beach, a 6,598-yard layout.
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.
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.
June 4, 2006
Costa Mesa, we have a problem. But not to worry, because that is the good news. Last week, Costa Mesa Mayor Allan Mansoor and parks and recreation commission chairwoman Wendy Leece announced a plan that would offer a radical solution to the lack of playing fields in Costa Mesa. They have suggested that the Mesa Linda golf course at the Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club, which the city owns but doesn't run, be gutted and redesigned as a short "executive" course and the holes along Harbor Boulevard between the Fairview Development Center and Jo Ann Street be redeveloped into playing fields.
By Joseph Serna | August 8, 2007
A Ford Mustang's driver suffered what appeared to be life-threatening injuries Tuesday evening when he lost control on the southbound 73 Freeway, collided with another car, and careened onto the Newport Beach Golf Course, authorities said. The blue car, which was exiting the freeway at Irvine Avenue/Campus Drive onto Bristol Street, rolled over at least once and caught fire near the 17th hole, California Highway Patrol Officer S.M. Moorhouse said. The car came to rest upside down with the roof essentially crushed.
By BRUCE GARLICH | June 4, 2006
The plan by Mayor Allan Mansoor and parks and recreation commission chairwoman Wendy Leece to gut the Mesa Linda golf course at the Costa Mesa Golf & Country Club and to convert the land to lighted playing fields for soccer and other sports has more holes in it than the beloved Mesa Linda course itself ("Plan swaps golf holes for fields," May 28). The only thing worse than the plan is the presumptuous way it was unveiled in a letter to the Daily Pilot with no apparent attempt to consult with any of the principals involved.
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