Brandon Delgado, previously the First Assistant Professional at Encinitas Ranch Golf Course, has been named the Head Golf Professional at Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club. Delgado, who’s originally from San Jose, takes over in the midst of a continuing turf-reduction transformation at the now public, JC Golf managed Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club.

After being closed for two months while 50 acres of turf was removed, the course re-opened around Christmas and is continuing its efforts to evolve into San Diego’s first desert-style golf experience.

Delgado says it’s an exciting time to be working with the course while it’s re-defining itself. “It’s always been a goal to achieve a head professional position,” he says, “and this is an incredible experience to learn. It’s almost like opening a new golf course.”

Delgado has actually done that twice in his career. He was on the staff at Arrowood Golf Course in Oceanside when it opened in 2006 and was managed by JC Golf. After working at the Lawrence Welk Resort as the First Assistant Golf Professional, Delgado took a position at Pelican Hill Golf Club in Newport Beach, where he spent almost seven years. During two of those years, Pelican was closed while renovating its fairways. Delgado arrived at Pelican Hill at the end of a two-year golf course renovation. “The experience I gained being a part of the opening teams at Arrowood Golf Course and Pelican Hill has benefited me greatly here at Carmel Mountain Ranch,” Delgado says.

Thus Delgado has experience with courses in a transformation phase and embraces the experience. This one is unique, however, in that he feels it’s going to be a trend-setter. The turf reduction is being done largely for environmental and maintenance reasons in response to the current drought in California. Among other benefits, the course will ultimately conserve more than 40 million gallons of water a year, enough to annually supply 400 households.

The renovation makes Carmel Mountain Ranch more environmentally responsible and a better community partner, Delgado says. “You’re going to see a lot more of this, especially in San Diego,” he says. “It’s the way the industry is headed, and I hope we lead the way and a lot of courses follow us after they see the benefits of what we’re doing. We’re going to have a one-of-a-kind golf experience in San Diego and hopefully one of the best golf products out there.”

To book a tee time at Carmel Mountain Ranch and take advantage of its January renovation specials, including a $25 playback voucher, visit www.jcgolf.com.

Any questions about the renovation can be directed to Delgado at 858.487.9224, ext. 233 or bdelgado@jcresorts.com.