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The Dunes and Course Conditions


In keeping with the mission and vision to preserve the classic design of this wonderful course, the Biological Habitat and Dunes Restoration Plan was implemented in 2005 to restore the native habitat of numerous plant species. These endangered species, native to the dunes of the Central Coast, had been over-run by the non-native Mesembryanthemum Crystallinum or Ice Plant, as it is commonly referred to. A native of South Africa, the Ice Plant, while beautiful, had disturbed the ecological balance of the dunes region.

Over nearly 80 years, the sand from numerous bunker shots has accumulated around the greens, changing the characteristic the original designers had set forth; a restoration program which includes the reconditioning of many of the courses bunkers is underway, as well. The bunkers will be returned to their original design and condition. This process will also include the top dressing of the bunkers with G8 sand, a washed sand that is whiter in color and more consistent.

Last but not least, a tree planting program has also been recently implemented to replace those trees which have fallen during storms and inclement weather that frame various holes.

These small, yet important restoration programs allows for improved playability and aesthetic beauty, without interrupting play. With only one to two bunkers being restored at a time, play will not be affected and of course, the breathtaking views remain.