Founded in 1901, Santa Ana Country Club has operated from its present location in Costa Mesa since 1923 after John Duncan Dunn laid out a course for the members.
Remodeled a number of times down the years (by Des Muirhead, Harry and David Rainville, Ron Fream and Ted Robinson) substantial club investment in the new millennium resulted in the renovation of the clubhouse and the complete redesign of the course by former RTJII project architect, Jay Blasi, who was hired in 2014 to develop a masterplan for the golf course.
The following passage is an extract from Golf Course Architecture magazine:
“While working on the masterplan, we conducted an audit of the current course and determined there was about US$5 million in deferred maintenance, including irrigation, drainage, bunkers and greens,” Blasi told GCA. “At that point, we studied all options for renovating the golf course. We developed multiple concepts that ranged from no rerouting, to partial rerouting, to a complete rerouting. The project committee was almost unanimous in support of the complete rerouting as it best met the goals outlined.”
Blasi identified four main benefits of rerouting the course: improved safety, better natural landforms, added variety, and enhanced practice facilities.
“In terms of safety, the boundary holes now slice into the property where the old holes were slice side out,” Blasi explained. “The new routing takes full advantage of some great slopes, bowls, hillsides, and valleys, and there will be greater variety thanks to the range of par three, four and five holes in the new layout.”
Pre-construction work got underway at Santa Ana Country Club in January 2016 and work completed by year end.