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Golf Course Renovation 2021

Enjoy our unique San Diego Golf Experience! Play on our renovated golf course, with all new greens complexes and all new bunkers. A fun game and challenge for every skill level.

We share the fresh vision architect Andy Staples designed, and Heritage Links constructed below in our before-and-after drone videos. The fun, new 18-hole course is for ANYONE who likes the challenging game of golf — those in our neighborhood or visiting from afar. With near-perfect San Diego weather, our course celebrates the outdoors.   

Initially constructed in the seventies by the late Ted Robinson, Staples has cultivated his creativity throughout the new sweeping golf landscapes to enhance further the venue's natural terrain and stunning mountain views. Each hole is a living canvas. The new course will provide casual luxury for family and friends and elevated tournaments or corporate and group outings.

Our reimagined golf course experience will include:

  • All new green complexes and all new bunkers 
  • Focused "inland links" that center on the ground game, creative approaches, and short grass areas
  • Strategic green designs that emphasize the selection of the correct angle of approach
  • Pin locations on each green complex that will offer a moderate approach or a more aggressive option to increase "equity" for all levels of players
  • Green complexes surrounded in short grass function as safe sides — to provide for a variety of creative recovery shots using a wedge to a putter

The San Vicente Golf Resort team looks forward to welcoming you!

 

See a side-by-side view of each hole before, and after, our award-winning Golf Inc. Renovation of the Year 2021.
[Video by Staples Golf Design - Andrew Sander Before and Joshua Goeden, MLA Current - last update June 2022]

  • Hole #1

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  • Hole #2

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  • Practice

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My name is Andy Staples, and I am the golf architect in charge of leading San Vicente Golf Resort through the greens and bunker renovation project. My company, Staples Golf Design, is a golf course design firm based in Scottsdale, Arizona, that specializes in historic golf course renovations that are built sustainably, are environmentally conscious, and which crucially emphasize cost responsibility.

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I have written this article as a member of the community and it does not necessarily represent opinions or recommendations of members of Committees I serve on.

Why are we renovating the golf course?

The greens are 45 years old and the Poa Anna health has been marginal for at least the last 10 years. Upgrading the bunkers with modern drainage and better sand at the same time makes economic sense and will improve the playing conditions. Creating a new and exciting golf course should attract more members as well as daily fee players.

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The Golf Course Greens and Bunkers Renovation was top of mind in August with three workshops — one Board and two homeowner — to spread awareness of this large project’s many details, as well as gathering feedback from homeowners. After careful consideration of the alternatives, including cost of work, the financial impact of course closure, and other important golf membership and player experience factors, the Board voted to complete work on 18 holes during a course closure for seven months — April through October 2019. They did not select the alternative of working on nine holes in 2019, and nine holes in 2020.

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In February 1975, the first round of golf was played at San Vicente Resort, and 44 years later, a new golf course renovation will be executed in 2019 after years of discussing the need for this work. At the end of 2017, the SDCEA Reserve Budget had $1.2 million in the Greens and Bunker fund, and $500,000 was approved by the Board in the 2018 Reserve Budget for a total of $1.7 million.

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