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Chardonnay

Reconfi gured

Chardonnay GC in Napa debuted a new 18-hole routing April 1 that utilizes holes from the old Vineyards and Lakes layouts to form nine new holes combined with the former Meadows nine. The new routing is unique in that it now has six par 5s, six par 4s and six par 3s. New tee boxes and fairways bunkers were part of the transformation with the course now playing 6,948 yards from the back tees. Nine holes from Lakes and

Vineyards not part of the new course will be transformed back to growing grapes, increasing the total acreage of vineyards sur- rounding the course. “By trans- forming the club from 27 holes to 18 holes we will be able to realize our owners’ goal of becoming the premier golf club in the Napa Valley region by making the neces- sary improvements and enhance- ments in order to elevate it to that status,” says General Manager Roger Billings. Owner Ken Laird, a local Napa

Valley wine industry entrepreneur, along with his partners Jim & Gus Gianulias, California real estate developers, acquired the facility out of bankruptcy in August 2005. Additional enhancements to the course including more tee boxes and bunkers and other improve- ments are scheduled over the next couple of years. The course is part of the NCGA

Member Advantage program of-

fering members two green fees, cart, range and appetizer after golf for $120 (Monday-Thurs- day) among a host of other benefi ts.

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OLYMPIC CLUB PREPS FOR

THE U.S. OPEN

The Daly City layout has al- ready replaced all 18 greens in

advance of the 2012 U.S. Open

and more changes may be on the horizon. Mike Davis, the USGA’s se-

nior director of rules and com- petitions, made a full-day visit to the course in February. Po- tential changes include adjust- ing par on both the front and back nines by turning the fi rst hole into a long par 4 and No. 17 into a short par 5 (in the 1998 Open, the hole played as a long par 4). Davis has been creative and unorthodox in prior Open setups, enticing players with driveable par 4s and introducing graduated rough. The Lake Course completed renovations in May of last year that in-

cluded a change to putting surfaces from Poa annua to bentgrass, a new par-3 eighth hole that heads to the clubhouse and a restored slope on the closing hole. The 2012 national championship will mark the fi fth open held at Olympic.

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