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May 9, 2007
The Newport Beach City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to oppose any plan to remove the back nine holes of the Newport Beach Golf Course. The property is owned by Orange County, and officials have been looking at other uses in anticipation of the end of the golf course's lease on July 31. No formal plans to reuse the property have been drawn up, but John Wayne Airport officials have suggested turning the land into airport parking. Golfers and the golf course's owners are vehemently opposed to losing the parcel and have flooded Orange County Supervisor John Moorlach's office with letters.
May 8, 2007
The Newport Beach City Council will decide tonight whether to take a position against any changes to the use of the back nine holes at the Newport Beach Golf Course, which could become parking or some other auxiliary use for John Wayne Airport. The land where half the golf course sits is owned by Orange County, and officials are mulling other options because the golf course's lease ends July 31. Councilwoman Leslie Daigle has allied herself with the golf course, and she asked the council to take a formal stance.
By Steve Virgen | March 5, 2007
When the stress of maintaining a plush golf course is about to consume him, Ron Benedict escapes to his place of solace. If he's on a hill just above the No. 2 hole at Newport Beach Country Club, chances are it hasn't been a good day. But in a few minutes, the day will become better. As golf course superintendent of NBCC, every so often Benedict needs to unwind. Sometimes, he's there a bit more during the days leading up to the Toshiba Classic, which starts today and ends Sunday.
By Dave Thorpe | August 10, 2006
COSTA MESA ? Bryce Sheridan, a big hitter from Costa Mesa High who competed in the prestigious World Long Drive Championship in Mesquite, Nev. last year, shot four-over-par 74 during the first day of the Costa Mesa City Golf Championships. Playing with Grant Hill (79), Patrick Hanley (80), and T.J. Vick (82) in the championship flight on the Mesa Linda course at Costa Mesa Country Club, Sheridan admitted he had a so-so day. But the 2002 Costa Mesa High graduate was not surprised or concerned.
By Lauren Vane | July 13, 2006
Police detained a Newport Beach teenager and were looking for two others Wednesday in connection with at least one intentionally set fire at a Newport Beach country club Monday.6 Police are investigating whether the three teenagers are also responsible for two additional brush fires in Newport Beach set on golf course grounds. With continued hot, dry weather, the fire danger is at a seasonal high, and officials said even small fires can pose a significant risk. "The issue is they [the fires]
By ALLAN MONSOOR | July 6, 2006
Regarding my recent suggestions to solve our long-term youth-sports-field needs, I firmly believe that we must plan for and provide for the needs of our kids. I also believe city-owned land will be a key resource for achieving this end, as third-party arrangements are always subject to change, and finding and affording sufficient space without using eminent domain would be difficult. I also maintain that the resolution of these needs must not be disruptive to the quality of life of our residents, as many of our past and current sports-field arrangements have been.
July 3, 2006
Changing one course would change both The city of Costa Mesa is the proud owner of two of the best maintained and most populated public golf courses in Orange County. And yet our mayor, Alan Mansoor, has cavalierly suggested that we sacrifice these jewels for yet another playing field. I can't believe it. Does Mansoor have any conception of what "shrinking" Mesa Linda Golf Course to an "executive" course would entail? You can't just chop off the holes along Harbor Boulevard.
By ERIC BEVER | June 7, 2006
I appreciate local golfer Rob Dickson's letter in which he shares his concerns and suggestions ("Letter to the editor," Saturday). I agree that it is unfortunate that Mayor Allan Mansoor and parks and recreation commission chairwoman Wendy Leece did not have an opportunity to discuss their ideas with the greater golf community before those ideas became public. I am confident that they will include city golfers and all interested parties in the discussion of this proposal to solve the field-shortage issue.
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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