It’s been two years since the Carmel Mountain Ranch Country club re-opened after their 50.4 acre turf reduction project was completed in December of 2014. Today the course is using almost 40% less water than it had prior to the renovation. “Our goal with for our recent renovation is to provide a consistently reliable product, exemplary level of service while being eco-friendly and reducing our water usage,” said Carmel Mountain Ranch’s general manager Kevin Hwang. With the reduction of turf areas on the course, the golf course maintenance team at CMR has been able to focus more time and resources on the turf that remains, resulting in lush fairways and some of the best greens in San Diego.
The team at Carmel Mountain Ranch did not stop improving the course after the turf reduction project. Other projects recently completed include a re-design of the 17th hole, repaired cart paths, renovated on-course restrooms, a new fleet of golf carts with state-of-the-art GPS has elevated Carmel Mountain to one of the best places to play in the county.
During the renovation on hole 17, one of the lakes was removed and now gives golfers more options when playing the hole. “You can be aggressive off the tee with a 3 wood or driver. It gives you a great chance at making birdie late in the round,” said assistant golf professional Jon Singson. One pond was left just short of the green with a waterfall and fountain that puts the finishing touches on a beautiful golf hole.
A new fleet of golf carts from Club Car, complete with state of the art GPS, also add to the improvements. The GPS is the first system that actually lives up to the promise by delivering a unique golf experience better than imagined. A 10” touch screen powers the GPS system, so there’s zero learning curve for golfers who can now navigate easily through menus to access the information and service features they want. As if that wasn’t enough, these new carts now also have USB ports so guests can charge their electric devices and listen to music.
The new carts arrived in time to drive on freshly paved cart paths. A large amount of the old damaged golf cart path was replaced to insure a smooth round. The final item on the improvement list was the restoration of the on-course restrooms. If you haven’t played Carmel Mountain Ranch recently you will be pleasantly surprised by the new look and feel of a course that is over 30 years old.