Examine says golf course past restore, critics say take a look at supply | Camarillo Acorn

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UNPLAYABLE?—A recently released report issued by the developer that wants to build housing on Camarillo Springs Golf Course says the course is beyond repair and needs a full makeover. The developer said it will renovate the course, making it 12 holes, if it can build 248 homes on a portion of the property. Acorn file photo


UNPLAYABLE?—A recently released report issued by the developer that wants to build housing on Camarillo Springs Golf Course says the course is beyond repair and needs a full makeover. The developer said it will renovate the course, making it 12 holes, if it can build 248 homes on a portion of the property. Acorn file photo

UNPLAYABLE?—A lately launched report issued by the developer that desires to construct housing on Camarillo Springs Golf Course says the course is past restore and desires a full makeover. The developer stated it would renovate the course, making it 12 holes, if it might probably construct 248 properties on a portion of the property. Acorn file picture

These in favor of the proposed housing growth on the Camarillo Springs Golf Course have launched a examine stating that the practically 50-year-old course is worn out past restore.

These against constructing properties on the course argue that the developer received’t uphold its promise to renovate the golf course and clubhouse as soon as the homes are constructed. Plans are to make it a 12-hole course.

The 70-page examine, commissioned by the event’s advisory committee and paid for by developer New City West, particulars main infrastructure points that the employed agronomist stated would require “main capital funding” to repair.

The examine helps bolster New West’s long-held place {that a} full renovation of the course and the clubhouse, which the builders have stated they plan to do if the Camarillo Metropolis Council approves the housing venture, is the one economically viable possibility for the course.

Terry Buchen, a golf course agronomist based mostly in Idaho, stated he walked all the 18-hole course, taking photographs and inspecting the soil.

“In my 50-plus years {of professional} golf course expertise, this golf course is the worst that I’ve ever seen,” stated Buchen, a former workers agronomist for america Golf Affiliation, in a press release. “The golf course and follow areas are one disaster away from closing.”

Based on New West’s report, the golf course, follow areas, turfgrass nursery areas, drainage methods, irrigation system, upkeep constructing and upkeep gear have outlived their helpful life and wish alternative.

Gary Lewis, a Camarillo resident and member of the New City West advisory committee, estimates it might value round $12 million to repair the problems with the course and clubhouse, based mostly on trade averages.

Lewis stated he managed the power within the Nineteen Seventies and was within the golf course growth enterprise for a lot of his skilled profession earlier than retiring. He was the one who advised hiring Buchen for the examine, he stated.

“We wished to carry somebody fully at arm’s size, brand-new and let him view it completely from a black-andwhite standpoint,” he stated.

Members of the group opposing the event, nonetheless, have doubts concerning the examine’s impartiality.

“(The examine) was employed by the individuals who wish to construct homes, so regardless of the conclusions have been, they’re definitely going to be lopsided,” stated Brian Morris, a Camarillo Springs resident who’s main the opposition group.

The opposition group received’t be commissioning its personal examine for one easy purpose: they don’t have the funds.

“We’re simply the neighborhood guys. Now we’re near 660 folks within the group, however we now have no cash,” he stated.

John Gardner, a Camarillo Springs resident and member of the advisory committee, stated the examine was the primary of many who they plan to launch in an try present the fact of the scenario, reasonably than the “emotional scare techniques” he says are utilized by those that oppose the venture.

“We really feel it is a win-win venture and are involved that there aren’t any options provided by the opposition if the venture is just not authorized,” he stated in an e mail.

The complete examine is obtainable at preservecamarillospringsgolf.org.



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