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San Vicente Golf Course Remains Open in 2019 
Course Renovation Moved to 2020

The long-anticipated Golf Course Greens and Bunkers Renovation project tentatively scheduled to start April 1, 2019, has been moved to a tentative start date of March 1, 2020*, due in part to a revised San Diego requirement to obtain permits and complete a grading plan for the project estimated to finish this fall.  The revised construction schedule is planned to optimize next year’s hot summer turf growing season.

SDCEA Management closed the course from May 6 – 10, to allow Golf Course Maintenance staff to work on needed aerification, top-dressing and fertilization of tees, which will restore the healthy, playable course conditions as the robust and green bermudagrass base thrives now and in the upcoming warmer months.

“We are happy to announce the course is open, and we look forward to seeing golfers enjoy playing golf this year,” said Golf Pro John Rathbun who is working with the Pro Shop team to ensure the golfer experience is excellent.

SDCEA General Manager Mario Trejo said that the renovation project was initially projected to be a maintenance project for the 45-year old course, and in March the county staff determined it was more substantial because of the considerable imports of gravel and sand needed for the renovated greens and bunkers. 

Trejo noted that Carlsbad based Planning Systems was hired as a consultant to obtain the necessary state and federal permits or exemptions.  Planning Systems Environmental Consultant Paul Klukas said the county zoning code does not differentiate between a repair project and a new project. Therefore, county planners determined the course renovation was a new project which requires a grading permit. 

The process of obtaining a grading permit is estimated to take four to six months to accommodate work by a licensed engineer to develop a grading plan to submit for county review according to Klukas.  He added that the county planners agreed to waive a major use permit deviation for the project.

Trejo indicated the $2.2 million project would most likely increase, and work will be performed over the next several months to determine the final cost.  In addition to the bunkers and greens work, the project involves tree removals and replacements which began this year, upgrading turf and drainage systems, and relocating some of the cart paths.

In the end, the vision for the course is perfectly intact as re-designed by Golf Course Architect Andy Staples which, when complete in 2020, he hopes to hear players say, “Those were some of the most fun greens I’ve ever played.”  Playability will be firm and fast, green and bunker design will be a second shot golf course with renovated greens varying in size, shape and slope with interesting bent grass collars and a mix of difficulty set in contrast of sand and turf. 

“This will be a course with dramatic visual appeal that looks hard and plays easy,” said Staples.  We all look forward to 2020 when the project starts and finishes.

In the meantime, we welcome golfers to enjoy playing golf this year at San Vicente. 

*Note - at the request of the Goodlife HOA, the SDCEA Board is considering moving the March 1, 2020 tentative start date to April 1, during the May 28, Board Meeting.

Course Renovation Article Archive

Golf Course Architect Andy Staples Workshop (PDF) (TXT)
(Published April 2019 San Vicente Valley News)
Bermudagrass Restoration, Tree Removal and Heritage Links (PDF) (TXT)
(Published February 2019 San Vicente Valley News)
The Detailed Process of Choosing a Contractor (PDF) (TXT
(Published January 2019 San Vicente Valley News)
Looking Forward | Golf Course Renovation (PDF) (TXT
(Published October 2018 San Vicente Valley News)
Golf Course Project Approved to Move Forward in 2019 (PDF) (TXT
(Published September 2018 San Vicente Valley News)
SDCEA Greens and Bunkers by John Selby (PDF) (TXT
(Published August 2018 San Vicente Valley News)
Introducing Andy Staples (PDF) (TXT
(Published August 2018 San Vicente Valley News)