views, provides multiple uses and still protects open space. It is an
idea that addresses each of the common concerns expressed, as well as
developing something novel.
It would be a project we could all be proud of, one that provides
an example for other communities.
There has been some discussion of a small hotel off West Coast
Highway in West Newport. This type of development would have a
relatively low effect on traffic but would bring an increase in
visibility to West Newport. The adage that a rising tide raises all
boats applies here.
This hotel would be the support for the other big part of the
project: an 18-hole championship golf course.
But not just any course, a replica of St. Andrews in Scotland.
Why St. Andrews? Were you aware that this classic course is closed
every Sunday? On Sunday, this wonderful site becomes a community park
open to all.
Families picnic, people walk their dogs and children play ball.
This symbol of golf history serves the local residents in many ways,
not by excluding them but by including them.
This whole concept is so strange to consider; after all, golf
courses here are sacred grounds.
The course would be designed using the same grass from tee to
greens. Nothing would be done to the surrounding roughs. They would
be left natural. This translates to a relatively low cost in
landscape maintenance and water use. This approach makes for some
interesting golf, yet people travel from all over the world to play
these less-than-perfect fairways. Imagine how this St. Andrews of
Newport Beach might become a magnet for aspiring golfers and so many
others that would enjoy playing a true links course without having to
take a trip to Europe.
Newport St. Andrews might become an attraction in itself. What
would that do to the value of West Newport?
St. Andrews of Newport Beach would also act as a sort of balance,
with Pelican Hill's two courses at the other end.
Here are other reasons and opportunities to explore:
* Bike and walking trails could be woven throughout, connecting to
the other coastal parks.
* There would be no trees that might affect views and require an
increase in water consumption.
* It is a day use park.
* The city of Newport Beach Parks and Recreation Department could
operate this facility and schedule Sunday events as well as classes
and youth programs centered around this style of golf.
* And keep in mind, this facility would have a minimal effect on
the environment, the neighborhood and traffic.
St. Andrews of Newport Beach would maintain open space yet
actually provide an active use area.
There are many ideas being expressed as to the future of this
land, but perhaps none have intrigued the imagination as much as this
If this has piqued your interest, contact your City Council member
and express your views.