The optimism on display throughout the golf industry continues, and the Birch Hills Golf Course shows a positive example of this upward trend.
In Brea, Calif., Birch Hills players are on the greens again for the first time since March 2011. The reason? Extensive redesigns to update its appearance and irrigation are finally complete.
Welcome back to Birch Hills
Birch Hills, a public 18-hole executive course recently renovated by golf course designer Casey O’Callaghan, reopened on May 29.
Renovations include new greens and tees, redesigned holes, a new driving range lit for nighttime use, and more. A pro shop/clubhouse is still in the works, and is scheduled to open by the end of the year. The Birch Hills redesign and upgrades were part of the construction of La Floresta, a 120-acre master-planned community.
The course features Hunter Golf DIH rotors, two Pilot-DH Decoder Hubs, Pilot Central Control, Maintenance Radio, and TurfWeather station. Superintendent Jake Valentino will have maximum flexibility and control with this state-of-the-art system.
Chevron Land & Development and contractor Park West constructed the course, and Birch Hills will now be conveyed to the City of Brea. Imperial Golf will manage daily operations, and Billy Casper Golf will oversee management.
Brent Harvey designed the irrigation, with Park West Landscape completing the installation under the oversight of Mark Maldonado.
Birch Hills features 3,120 yards from the longest tees with a par 59. Southland Golf magazine called it the best executive golf course in Southern California, and I’m sure everyone who has played it will agree. What a great example of the upward direction our industry is taking in 2015. Here’s to seeing many more in the near future!