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March 24, 2004
Robert Chacon Local golfers will be still able to hit the greens at a popular area course, but they might have to maneuver around some homes. The developer purchasing the 60-acre Verdugo Hills Golf Course plans to continue operating the golf course in the short term, but will build homes on its unused areas, said Bruce Martin, general manager of the course. Golfers who use the 18-hole, par-3 course said the unused portion is too compact for homes and worry the entire property will be converted to a residential area.
NEWS
By Jennifer Berry | August 6, 2004
The Verdugo Hills Golf Course has changed hands. Karl Bathke, a La Cañada resident who was the course's managing general partner, confirmed Tuesday that escrow on the 18-hole, par-3 course, located at 6433 La Tuna Canyon Road, closed Monday. "It officially has changed ownership," Bathke said. "It's bittersweet. Everybody is sorry to part with the legacy." Verdugo Hills Golf Course, created in 1958, includes 1,805 yards of straight holes with no water or sand traps.
NEWS
By Ryan Vaillancourt | December 4, 2007
GLENDALE — Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael Antonovich has committed $3.4 million in county funds for two proposed La Tuna Canyon land acquisitions, including $1.7 million for the Verdugo Hills Golf Course property, which is slated to be developed with 229 town homes. The commitment gives the first semblance of financial credibility to a proposal floated largely by community activists that imagines the county, the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy and the cities of Los Angeles and Glendale pitching in funds to jointly purchase and preserve the Tujunga golf course.
NEWS
By: Chris Yemma | October 13, 2005
Whether it's for leisure or whether it's for business, Newport Beach is an ideal golf resort vacation destination. Despite the fact the above statement sounds like an advertisement from a travel brochure, the information is pretty accurate: The Newport-Mesa area, all of Orange County and even all of Southern California harbors some of the best golf courses in the country. Believe it or not, golf is a big tourist attraction in the area. Warm, sunny weather all year, beaches, Disneyland and golf -- a pretty appealing package.
NEWS
By Jason Wells | February 26, 2009
LA CRESCENTA — The City Council election forum in the foothills above Montrose Wednesday night was not the place to be against open space, preservation or any other political hallmark of a community that has staunchly defended its small-town charm. Unlike the council forums of central Glendale, where a confluence of political and ethnic backgrounds often converge with calamitous results, 10 candidates faced a near-homogenous voter demographic — single-family homeowners who shun the hustle of downtown in favor of mom-and-pop shops and comparatively quiet neighborhoods.
NEWS
January 18, 2000
Peter Fuertes and Andrew Landeros SCHOLL CANYON PARK -- The Scholl Canyon Golf Course is proposing to increase its fees by a small margin for this year. It is awaiting for approval from the city of Glendale. The American Golf company, that manages the course for the City, have asked for the increase to offset the costs of maintaining the facility. "It takes a good amount of money to keep up the golf course," said Scholl Canyon General Manager Mike Konjoyan.
NEWS
By: | August 6, 2005
1. The number of caddies at Newport Beach and Costa Mesa golf courses has what? A. Never been higher B. Never been for hire C. At this point become limited to one course from Friday to Sunday D. Fluctuated during the winter and summer months 2. Newport Beach police officers and members of the city's animal control division discovered what kind of animal that tested positive for rabies? A. A moose B. A coyote C. A skunk D. A bat 3. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger endorsed which politician this week?
NEWS
June 20, 2005
Losing golf course will be a shame Whatever future use is chosen for the Verdugo Hills Golf Course property, our community loses. For more than 40 years Verdugo Hills has been a wonderful place for golfers to drive 'em far on the range and sharpen their short game on the course. It's been a place for people of all ages to learn the game -- no experience needed. Growing up in Sunland, I remember being so excited when Verdugo Hills Golf Course opened.
SPORTS
By Charles Rich | April 26, 2012
Culture shock wasn't going to prevent Mathias Dahl from playing collegiate golf in the United States. For more than 10 years, Dahl proved he could excel on golf courses across his native Sweden while playing in amateur tournaments. A new challenge beckoned for Dahl, one that's found him starring for the burgeoning Glendale Community College men's team. Since moving from Sweden last summer, Dahl has mastered English, quickly overcome any hardships residing in the United States and continued his dominance striking golf balls on 18-hole courses.
NEWS
July 27, 2007
Exchanging course for people a bad deal The plan to convert the Verdugo Hills Golf Course into yet another tract of homes (“Developer wants to close course,” July 13) is a bad one for many reasons. More construction and needless housing creates more congested traffic and more pollution and global warming, more crowding of the schools, and a larger burden on the water, power and sewage utilities (so there’s even more pollution). The old arguments about the increase in tax revenues and business simply are not worth it to those of us who live in the area.
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By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | September 4, 2013
PACOIMA - During her first two seasons with the Burbank High girls' golf team, Irene Maemura has spent time honing her skills while also learning from Crescenta Valley's Jocelyn Chia. A healthy rivalry, on and off the course, between the duo has also been a top story line after Chia and Maemura finished 1-2, respectively, last season in the Pacific League's individual championship. In search of her first league crown, Maemura got an early jump on Chia on Wednesday, as she finished with three birdies to card a three-under-par 34 in the first league match of the season at Hansen Dam Golf Course.
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By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com | August 21, 2013
In a symbolic move, the Glendale City Council on Tuesday unanimously passed a resolution supporting the historic designation of a portion of the Verdugo Hills Golf Course, a Los Angeles site considered a Crescenta Valley resource. The designation refired a previously calmed controversy regarding the site, home to one of the first Japanese detention centers during World War II. Historic preservationists, who have long fought to block a proposed 229-unit residential project, were partly mollified when the developer, Snowball West Investment, agreed to set aside a one-acre plot as a memorial .  The Tuna Canyon Detention Center opened in 1941 and housed as many as 1,500 Japanese Americans.
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By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | August 10, 2013
The owner of the Verdugo Hills Golf Course is suing the city of Los Angeles to halt the designation of part of the property as historically significant, but the suit may not gain traction if a residential development on the site can proceed as planned. The L.A. City Council designated roughly 1 acre of the golf course as historically significant in June in a move meant to commemorate the history of a World War II detention center that occupied the site. However, during talks about a specific plan for the memorial, there was discussion about expanding the memorial site, which could impact a planned 230-home residential development.
NEWS
July 27, 2013
Having read all of the letters opposing the development of 224 units on the site of the Verdugo Hills Golf Course, I have been surprised no one has brought up the possibility of fire. Just imagine fire engines trying to get down Tujunga Canyon Road or La Tuna Canyon to stop a fast-spreading brush fire. Urban sprawl was mentioned as one of the major factors in the tragic Yarnell, Arizona fire. Of course developers think only of the almighty dollar. No thought is given about possible loss of life.
SPORTS
By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | July 25, 2013
GLENDALE - Nick Sarian and Lewis Simon shared something in common Thursday during the qualifying round of the second annual Glendale City Golf Championship - both relied heavily on their short games. In turn, their ability to make key putts put them atop the leader board in the tournament's championship flight. Sarian and Simon each carded three-under-par 57s at Scholl Canyon Golf Course to put them in a group of 16 from the flight to advance to the tournament's championship round, which will begin noon Monday at the par-71 Oakmont Country Club.
SPORTS
By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | July 24, 2013
For an opening act, there proved to be quite a few quality story lines last year at the inaugural Glendale City Golf Championship. The way Rick Dinger sees it, it wouldn't surprise him if as many developments pop up this year. "We had a lot of suspense last year with the tournament being decided in a playoff and just the overall newness of the event being held," said Dinger, the tournament's chairman. "We had around 100 people take part last year and we will have more this time around.
NEWS
By Daniel Siegal, daniel.siegal@latimes.com | June 21, 2013
An effort to designate the Verdugo Hills Golf Course as historically significant - a move that could have blocked a planned residential development on the site - is moving forward with a compromise that will see only a small portion of the property preserved. More than 50 red-shirted advocates for approving the site's historic status came to the Los Angeles City Council meeting on Friday. Some of them were Sunland-Tujunga locals who live near the golf course, while others were descendants of Japanese Americans who had been interned at the Tuna Canyon Detention Station, which was located on the site during World War II. Councilmembers said they plan to vote on Tuesday to grant historic designation to a grove of oak trees that has stood on the property since the detention center was there.
SPORTS
By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | May 1, 2013
LOS ANGELES - Vince De Pinto had plenty of confidence entering the final round of the two-round Mission League Individual Tournament on Wednesday. One more solid 18-hole round would enable the St. Francis High senior golfer to be a part of the CIF Southern Section Individual Tournament for the first time in his career. De Pinto punched his ticket into the postseason, as he carded a three-over-par 75 to finish fifth in league at Griffith Park's Wilson Course. “It feels great to be able to move on,” said De Pinto, who entered Wednesday's action atop the leader board after opening with a three-under-par 69 on Tuesday at Lakewood Country Club before finishing with a two-round score of 144. “I knew what I needed to do. “I made a lot of putts for par. The plan coming into the last round was to be aggressive on the first nine holes and see where I matched up with my opponents.
SPORTS
By Charles Rich, charles.rich@latimes.com | April 25, 2013
PASADENA - Heading into the home stretch in the Pacific League, Paul Park is pleased with his overall play. Nonetheless, the way the Crescenta Valley High boys' junior golfer sees it, there's still room for improvement and Park's effort Thursday raised his confidence of doing that going forward. PHOTOS: Pacific League boys' golf “I'm doing a lot of things well right now, like striking the ball,” said Park, who shot a two-over-par 72 on Thursday in Pacific League match No. 4 at Brookside Golf Course No. 2. “That really helped me out today on some different holes.
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