Vellano Country Club makes anticipated debut

first_img“It’s working with the environment to produce a quality course.” Beginning from the No. 1 tee box to the No. 4 green, golfers will find an elevation drop of more than 600 feet. It’s a reason why Director of Golf Scott Wilson says, “Vellano is not a walkable course.” Bermudagrass is implemented on the fairways and roughs and nearing the end of dormancy. Cushing said Vellano will not overseed and quipped, “people need to know that brown is a color, too.” A combination of A-1 and A-4 bentgrass – comparable to Augusta National – is on the greens. Crushed walnut shells are used in place of bark or wood chips beneath the wide array of oak trees. And even when oaks needed to be cut down, the remains were made into benches found throughout the property. Among the more notable holes, Nos. 8 and 9 hold special significance. After the city showed concern toward potential slides on the par-3, No. 8 fairway, construction superintendent Dario Olivares and his staff went to work. To guard against potential slides, Olivares and staff redirected “thousands and thousands of tons” of dirt, then placed a liner some 10 to 15 feet below the surface. They laid drainage pipes on top of the liner, then moved the replaced dirt back for grading. At No. 9, the hole features a bridge that crosses a 100-feet deep ravine. To build the 70-ton bridge, a crane had to be dismantled and reconfigured on-site. It took two months to complete the crane’s reconfiguration. When workers were ready to secure the bridge, they found it lost 13 tons of water weight due to last summer’s heat. For information, its Web site is www.experiencevellano.com. UNFORGETTABLES RETURN One of the area’s more honored charity functions is set for March 5 with the sixth annual Unforgettables Charity Golf Classic, played at Redlands Country Club. Champions Tour veterans Dave Stockton of Redlands, Mark Johnson of Helendale, former UC Riverside golfer Gary McCord and former Riverside resident Don Pooley will participate. According to founder Tim Evans, the charity helps to confront and conquer the economic consequences and the danger factor that contributes to childhood death. Before tournament planning got underway for this year’s event, it received a $25,000 head start from McCord, who donated his prize from the ESPN-produced People vs. the Pros contest last year. The 128-member field is sold out, but to place your name on a waiting list, contact 1-800-254-GOLF (4653). Mark Reinhiller covers local golf for the Sun. His column appears on Wednesday. He can be reached at mark.reinhiller@sbsun.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Course superintendent Paul Cushing likes to say that he and his staff have completed a masterpiece and they would be right. Even on an overcast day, panoramic views exist of the Inland Empire and beyond. From the No. 1 tee box, one easily could see Mt. San Jacinto – some 80 miles to the east. “We’ve provided a niche that hasn’t existed in quite some time,” Cushing said. “Most of the other private country clubs in the area are established. This course allows people to grow with the course.” Norman and staff broke ground on the 600-acre site that rests west of the 74 freeway in early 2004, and by October, 13 holes were graded. But that fall, inclement weather – that would turn into more than 40 inches of rainfall into 2005 – washed away those holes. After rebuilding the holes, rain again destroyed their work and brought the course back to square one. The course officially opens to members Feb. 28, with members and guests set for April 1. When that time arrives, golfers will find a course where elevation – and a rural, open setting – awaits. That wasn’t an oversight in its development. “Norman’s very much a minimalist,” Cushing said. “He wants to take what the property offers and make the most of what exists. He’s not the kind of designer who is going to move a tree because he can. center_img CHINO HILLS – Tucked deep inside the heart of Chino Hills lies one of Southern California’s newest golf courses. After a series of delays, the long-awaited Greg Norman-designed Vellano Country Club made its debut Tuesday with its first official round of golf for staff members and media. The 6,925-yard, 18-hole layout is the first private course to be developed east of Los Angeles and west of the Coachella Valley in more than 40 years. last_img read more

FISHERMAN RESCUED AFTER FARMER HEARS HIS CRY FOR HELP

first_imgA fisherman was rescued off the coast of Donegal this afternoon after a farmer heard his cry for help a half a mile out to sea.John Grant was tending to his sheep at Tullagh Bay on the coast of the Inishowen Peninsula.Mr Grant suddenly heard a cry for help and noticed a spec in the distance and realised it was a person hanging onto a buoy. Mr Grant contacted his mother and she alerted Malin Head Coastguard at around 1.50pm.They alerted the Lough Swilly RNLI lifeboat.The rescue 118 helicopter from Sligo was also scrambled to the scene as was the Greencastle Coast Guard boat, which was later stood down.Weather conditions at the time of the rescue were calm but it was raining heavily. When the Lough Swilly lifeboat arrived on scene, a local boat had already picked up the man.The man, a local lobster fisherman in his 40s, was wrapped in blankets and given attention.A medic from the 118 helicopter was dropped at the scene and a decision was made to take the man to the shore near Clonmany by boat.Once on shore the helicopter flew the man to Altnagelvin Hospital in Derry where he is understood to be in a stable condition.A spokesman for the Lough Swilly RNLI Lifeboat praised the actions of Mr Grant saying his actions sparked a very successful rescue. “It was simply amazing how John heard the man’s cry for help so far out to sea but thankfully he did.“The phonecall by Mr Grant’s mother set into action a chain of events which undoubtedly saved this man’s life,” he said.FISHERMAN RESCUED AFTER FARMER HEARS HIS CRY FOR HELP was last modified: May 19th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:clonmanyfarmerfishermanhelicopterInishowenLough Swilly LIfeboatlast_img read more