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Damage from dirt bikes, vandals may delay Moreno Valley Ranch
golf course’s reopening

Eric Heffner, director of real estate development for Bridge Investment Group, reports that dirt bike riders have destroyed at least three newly renovated greens of the Moreno Valley Ranch Golf Course, potentially delaying the course’s opening.

 

“These dirt bike riders are purposefully trying to destroy these greens and if they continue with their destruction, the course will most likely not be open by the end of this year,” Heffner warned. “I recently chased one of these dirt bikes off a new green and onto the street but lost the rider into one of the adjoining neighborhoods.”

 

Although there is round-the-clock private security for the golf course, Heffner says there are just too many points of access at this time to guard them all, and asks for help from residents who live on or near the course.

 

“I hope that if a resident sees a dirt bike on one of the new greens or anyplace on the golf course, or any other form of property destruction, that they call the police or, if not that, please call me and I will take appropriate action,” he stated. “This is destruction of private property and is against the law.”

 

In addition to the destruction by dirt bike riders, Heffner reports another incident that highlights people’s abuse of the golf course while workers are trying to renovate it as quickly as possible. In this case, according to Heffner, someone used one of the new greens as a burial ground for a large dog. “This type of abuse will delay the renovation even further and must stop if we’re going to get this golf course open for play by the end of the year," Heffner said.

 

The golf course and existing clubhouse are now being renovated by Diamond Golf International, a worldwide golf course construction and operating company that will own and operate the golf course and clubhouse in partnership with CSC Golf Management.

 

"Our goal is to have 18 holes of the Mountain and Valley courses open for play by the end of this year, and to meet that schedule we already have preliminary work underway such as repairing and upgrading the tee boxes, greens and irrigation lines," explained Saul Rodriguez, a principal of Diamond Golf. “However, if people continue to destroy the work that we have completed, I agree it will be difficult for us to stay on schedule.”

MORENO VALLEY CITY COUNCIL UNANIMOUSLY APPROVES BRIDGE INVESTMENT GROUP'S UPSCALE APARTMENT COMMUNITY, PAVING WAY FOR FULL RENOVATION OF MORENO VALLEY RANCH GOLF COURSE AND CLUBHOUSE

Work on golf course moving ahead "full speed"

MORENO VALLEY, CA -- With a 5-0 vote, the Moreno Valley City Council Tuesday approved Bridge Investment Group's plans to develop the Reserve at Rancho Belago Phase II, an upscale apartment community adjacent to the Moreno Valley Ranch Golf Course.

 

The unanimous approval also paves the way for work to begin to revitalize the long-dormant golf course which is now in the initial stages of reconstruction. In April, the city's planning commission unanimously approved the golf course/apartment community project 7-0.

"We are extremely pleased with the support that we received from nearly 700 residents who signed a petition supporting our project, as well as speaking on our behalf before the city council," said Eric Heffner, director of real estate development for Bridge Investment Group. "I have no doubt this strong community support was key in both the city council's and planning commission's unanimous approvals."

 

Heffner said that with approval of the apartment community, work can now proceed "full speed ahead" on the golf course since funds from the apartment project will help finance the multi-million-dollar golf course renovation.  He noted that actual vertical construction of the apartment community will begin at the time the golf course is open for play later this year.

 

GOLF COURSE RENOVATION

 

The golf course is being renovated by Diamond Golf International, a worldwide golf course construction and operating company that will own and operate the golf course and clubhouse in partnership with CSC Golf Management.

 

"Our goal is to have 18 holes of the Mountain and Valley courses open for play by the end of this year, and to meet that schedule we already have preliminary work underway such as repairing and upgrading the tee boxes, greens and irrigation lines," explained Saul Rodriguez, a principal of Diamond Golf. "We will also be making refinements in the course design to enhance the playing enjoyment for golfers at every level of experience."

 

A new signature feature of the golf course will be an outside events center with water element for special golf, business and community activities such as meetings, tournaments, weddings and fundraisers.

 

Heffner told the city council that due to economic constraints, the first phase of the golf course opening will be the 18 holes until the course has proven to be economically viable.  Until then, the nine holes of the Lakes Course across Moreno Beach Drive will be transformed into a community feature. There will be running and walking trails, golf short game practice facility, exercise apparatus, chipping and bunker areas, practice green, Frisbee and Footgolf courses, and a dog run area. The Recreation Park and Exercise Trail will be fenced and secured and will be open to all Moreno Valley residents for a nominal monthly fee.

 

Together, the active golf course and Recreation Park and Exercise Trail will add 250 acres to the city's green space.

 

Neighbors and advocates of the golf course/apartment community project show "YES" signs demonstrating their support during the city council meeting.

Eric Heffner, director of real estate development of Bridge Investment Group, discusses the many benefits of the golf course and apartment community that  will be realized by the city and its residents.

Rose Baldwin, whose home overlooks the golf course, is one of numerous speakers who urged the city council members to approve the golf course and apartment community. Baldwin was also one of the community leaders who gathered about 700 signatures of surrounding neighbors in support of the project.

UPSCALE APARTMENT COMMUNITY

 

To be built on 20-acres of the former driving range contiguous to the existing golf course clubhouse, the Reserve at Rancho Belago Phase II Apartments will feature a variety of recreational, entertainment and social amenities designed for a diversity of lifestyles from Millennials to families to Baby Boomers. The 417-unit luxury apartment community will be surrounded by two fairways, the clubhouse, a golf practice area, and the event lawn.

 

"There will be a very special sense of community," said architect Daniel Gehman, AIA, LEED AP, a studio director with Humphreys & Partners Architects, who is the lead designer of the golf-oriented apartment project.  "Residents who choose to live at Reserve at Rancho Belago Phase II will feel like they are living on a golf course because they will in fact be living on a golf course."  (Watch Gehman's interview)

 

The golf-oriented apartment community will offer a diversity of spacious apartment homes ranging in size from studios to 3-bedroom units of up to approximately 1,320 square feet that are referred to as the "big house."  In addition, the fully landscaped apartment community will feature a wide variety of recreation and socializing opportunities for its residents.

 

The community will include a completely new clubhouse that will offer a place to socialize, entertain, and to find a quiet area to think or read. Adjacent to the clubhouse is a private swimming enclave with pool, spa, barbecue/picnic and relaxation areas, cabanas and chaise lounges. The enclave will also feature an outdoor dining area, a fire pit for evening get-togethers, an exercise pod, and distinctive shade sails for cover from the sun.

 

 

MANY COMMUNITY BENEFITS

 

  • Heffner pointed out that the golf course and apartment community combined will bring many other benefits to the City of Moreno Valley and its residents.
  • When fully renovated, the existing golf clubhouse is planned to include an upscale, "white tablecloth" restaurant and lounge.
  • To ensure the golf course stays green for the next 10 years regardless of its level of operation, Bridge pledged to contribute $4 million to the city for the course's greening and upkeep.
  • The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Redlands-Riverside will open a youth facility in a building that is part of the golf course maintenance operation. In addition to its regular youth programming, the Boys & Girls Club will join with the Professional Golf Association (PGA) to establish a golf training program for Moreno Valley youth who are Boys & Girls Club members.
  • Along with providing the facility, Bridge Investment Group will contribute $250,000 to help underwrite the Boys & Girls Club's local programming and operation.
  • As part of the Reserve at Rancho Belago Phase II apartment community development, Bridge will invest more than $5 million through the City of Moreno Valley to pay for a variety of street improvements. Additionally, Bridge will install two new stoplights at major intersections near the site.
  • The apartment community and golf course together will create new jobs for Moreno Valley residents as well as boost the city's sales and property tax revenue.

COMMUNITY MEETING FOCUSES ON DEVELOPMENT OF “NEW” MORENO VALLEY RANCH GOLF COURSE

The redevelopment status of the Moreno Valley Ranch Golf Course was the main topic discussed at the May 10 community meeting at the golf course clubhouse attended by more than 70 residents, city officials and golf enthusiasts.

 

Hosted by Eric Heffner, director of real estate development for Bridge Investment Group, the meeting was an opportunity for stakeholders to hear updates on the redesign and construction of the "new" golf course and clubhouse from key members of the golf redevelopment team – Diamond Golf International, CSC Golf Management, and Jon Garner Golf Design.

 

In partnership with Bridge and CSC Golf Management, the golf course and clubhouse are being renovated by Diamond Golf, a worldwide golf course construction and operating company affiliated with Nicklaus Design. Jon Garner Design, which has also worked with Jack Nicklaus as well as other famous golf course designers, is redesigning the golf course to be "more player friendly."

 

"Pete Dye is known for the degree of difficulty that he designed into his golf courses, including Moreno Valley Ranch," Garner explained. "Our goal is to make the course friendlier to play by incorporating such elements as bunkers that are more visible from the tee boxes and larger greens that are a little easier to hit. We believe these design improvements will create a more distinctive course with its own style and beauty."

 

Garner noted that a proposed outdoor event center adjacent to the clubhouse will add a popular feature that will be available to the public for social and business events, weddings, fundraisers and community gatherings.

 

If work goes as planned, it is anticipated that the course and clubhouse will be open for play by the end of this year, according to Saul Rodriguez, a principal of Diamond Golf. Critical to the Moreno Valley Ranch Golf Course redevelopment is the City of Moreno Valley’s future approval of Bridge’s plans to build the Reserve at Rancho Belago Phase II, an upscale apartment community adjacent to the golf course.

The “new” Moreno Valley Ranch Golf Course will feature an outside events center for special golf and community activities such as meetings, weddings and fund raisers.

The apartment community and golf course redevelopment are connected projects and were unanimously approved by the Moreno Valley Planning Commission in April. "We have made a commitment to begin work on the golf course by repairing and upgrading the tee boxes, greens and irrigation lines, which is now underway by Diamond," Heffner noted.

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Saul Rodriguez, a principal of Diamond Golf International, addresses attendees at community meeting.

 

THE GOLF COURSE TEAM

After nearly four decades in the golf industry, Diamond Golf brings an unparalleled level of experience and expertise to the world of golf course construction with many of Mexico’s top course in its portfolio. Working with such famous course designers as Nicklaus, Tom Weiskopf, Greg Norman, Robert Trent Jones II and Tom Fazio, Diamond Golf provides all necessary construction management services to enhance the playability and visual appeal of a golf course. Diamond Golf owner Sal Rodriguez and his son Saul have overseen the construction of more than 200 golf courses.

 

CSC Golf Management is a Southern California based golf course management company with 18 years of experience. Mark Stevens, CEO, PGA, has been part of the Southern California golf community for the past 32 years. He and his team have honed the executive and management skills necessary to operate any type of golf operation as PGA Golf Professionals. CSC’s experience of managing thousands of employees within the Southern California area and hundreds of thousands of guests at third-party managed facilities nationally has helped establish the operational assets that set CSC apart from its competitors.

 

Jon Garner has more than 30 years of experience in the golf industry. From 1990 to 2011, he worked for Nicklaus Design and since January 2012 he has operated his own design firm, Jon Garner Golf Design. Jon has worked on the remodel and renovation projects for many top Nicklaus courses, including Desert Highlands in Scottsdale, Arizona; The Challenge at Manele Bay on the Island of Lanai, Hawaii; Bear Creek in Murrieta, California; and Kauai Lagoons on the island of Kauai. Jon's project portfolio includes The Bridges at Black Canyon in Montrose, Colorado, that was named GOLF Magazine’s Top 10 New Courses You Can Play list 2005. Jon’s project, La Loma Golf Club in San Luis Potosi, Mexico won best new private in Mexico by Golf Digest for 2008. And in 2009, The Jaguar Golf Club in Merida, Mexico won best new private from Golf Digest.

IMPORTANT COMMUNITY BENEFIT

Heffner said the redevelopment team’s mission is to renovate the long dormant golf course property into a vibrant new course that offers great golf to players at all levels of skill and experience.

 

The first phase of the golf course reconstruction is 18 holes of the Mountain and Valley courses. The nine holes of the Lakes Course will be transformed into a community recreation feature with running and walking trails and golf practice facility with popular exercise apparatus, chipping and bunker areas, and a practice green. The Recreation Park and Exercise Trail will be financially supported by Bridge Investment and open to all Moreno Valley residents who pay a small access fee.

 

Heffner points out that with the redevelopment of the golf course comes other important community benefits:

 

  • Together, the active golf course and Recreation Park and Exercise Trail will establish 270 acres of green space, helping to enhance the city’s environmental quality and sustainability. To ensure the golf course stays green for the next 10 years regardless of its level of operation, Bridge pledged to contribute $2.5 million to the city for the course's upkeep.
  • When fully renovated, the existing Moreno Valley Ranch Golf Course clubhouse is planned to include an upscale restaurant and lounge.
  • The golf course has the added sustainability measure of having two dedicated wells that are used solely for the golf course that have been restored and placed into service by Bridge Investment to irrigate the course with both fresh and recycled water.
  • The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Redlands-Riverside will open a youth facility in a building that is part of the golf course maintenance operation. In addition to its regular programming, the Boys & Girls Club will join with the Professional Golf Association (PGA) to establish a golf training program for Moreno Valley youth who are Boys & Girls Club members.
  • Along with providing the facility at a cost of $100,000, Bridge Investment Group will also contribute $150,000 to help underwrite the Boys & Girls Club local programming and operation.

Moreno Valley Planning Commission unanimously approves Bridge Investment Group's
upscale apartment community, paving way for full renovation of Moreno Valley Ranch
Golf Course and Clubhouse

With a unanimous vote, the Moreno Valley Planning Commission Thursday approved Bridge Investment Group's plans for the Reserve at Rancho Belago Phase II, an upscale apartment community adjacent to the Moreno Valley Ranch Golf Course. The 7-0 approval also moves ahead work to revitalize the long-dormant golf course which is now in the initial stages of reconstruction.

 

The apartment community is being scheduled for the City Council's public hearing for final city approval. Eric Heffner, director of real estate development for Bridge Investment Group, states that without approval of the apartment community, work cannot proceed on the golf course since funds from the apartment project will help finance the multi-million-dollar golf course renovation.

 

The golf course and clubhouse are being renovated by Diamond Golf International, a worldwide golf course construction and operating company affiliated with Nicklaus Design that will own and operate the golf course and clubhouse upon the successful re-entitlement of the project. If work goes as planned, it is anticipated that the course and clubhouse will be open for play by the end of this year.

 

"Our goal is to have 18 holes of the Mountain and Valley courses open for play by the end of this year, but for us to meet that schedule, the full renovation work will have to start as soon as possible for the course to be ready," Heffner explained. "We have made a commitment to begin work by repairing and upgrading the tee boxes, greens and irrigation lines, which is now underway by Diamond."

 

To be built on land contiguous to the existing golf course clubhouse, the Reserve at Rancho Belago Phase II Apartments will feature a variety of recreational, entertainment and social amenities designed for a diversity of lifestyles. The 417-unit luxury apartment community will be surrounded by two fairways, the clubhouse, a golf practice area, and an event lawn for special occasions such as hosting golf tournaments.

Eric Heffner, Director of Real Estate Development for Bridge Investment Group,

addresses members of the Moreno Valley Planning Commission at the Thursday hearing.

The Planning Commission public hearing in the packed City Council Chambers came after more than two years of project planning, multiple city staff reviews, and more than a dozen community outreach meetings. While there were some residents who spoke against the project, most of the public testimony was in favor of golf course renovation and development of the apartment community, which are tied together as companion projects.

 

"We were extremely pleased with the support that we received from the many residents who stood before the Planning Commission and endorsed our project and especially the golf course renovation that so many people look forward to seeing ready for play," Heffner said. "I believe this strong community support was key in the commission's unanimous approval."

Many Community Benefits

Along with funding the golf course renovation, Heffner in his presentation to the Planning Commission pointed out several major community benefits that will come from development of the apartment community:

 

  • When fully renovated, the existing golf clubhouse is planned to include an upscale restaurant and lounge.
  • The golf course will feature an outside events center for special golf and community activities such as tournaments, weddings and fund raisers.
  • Heffner told the Commissioners that due to economic constraints, the first phase of the golf course opening will be 18 holes of the Mountain and Valley courses until the course has proven to be economically viable. Until then, the nine holes of the Lakes Course will be transformed into a community feature with running and walking trails and golf practice facility with popular exercise apparatus, chipping and bunker areas, and a practice green. The Recreation Park and Exercise Trail will be financially supported by Bridge and open to all Moreno Valley residents who pay a small access fee.
  • Together, the active golf course and Recreation Park and Exercise Trail will establish 270 acres of green space. To ensure the golf course stays green for the next 10 years regardless of its level of operation, Bridge pledged to contribute $2.5 million to the city for the course's upkeep.
  • The Boys & Girls Club of Greater Redlands-Riverside will open a youth facility in a building that is part of the golf course maintenance operation. In addition to its regular programming, the Boys & Girls Club will join with the Professional Golf Association (PGA) to establish a golf training program for Moreno Valley youth who are Boys & Girls Club members.
  • Along with providing the facility, Bridge Investment Group will contribute $250,000 to help underwrite the Boys & Girls Club local programming and operation.
  • As part of the Reserve at Rancho Belago Phase II apartment community development, Bridge will invest more than $5 million through the City of Moreno Valley to pay for a variety of street improvements including two new stoplights.
  • The golf-oriented apartment community will offer a diversity of spacious apartment homes for households from Millennials to empty nesters, and anyone who is a golf enthusiast.   Apartments will range in size from studios to 3-bedroom units of up to approximately 1,320 square feet that are referred to as the "big house."

Standing room only as residents fill the City Council Chambers for the Planning Commission public hearing.

In addition, the fully landscaped apartment community will feature a wide variety of recreation and socializing opportunities for its residents. The community will include a completely new clubhouse for that will offer a place to socialize, entertain, and to find a quiet area to think or read. Adjacent to the clubhouse is a private swimming enclave with pool, spa, barbecue/picnic and relaxation areas, cabanas and chaise lounges. The enclave will also feature an outdoor dining area, a fire pit for evening get-togethers, an exercise pod, and distinctive shade sails for cover from the noonday sun.

 

"There will be lots and lots of places to walk, jog and bike along trails that are connected to other community trails and recreation facilities," Heffner noted. "The Reserve at Rancho Belago Phase II will be an ideal place for people of all ages who are seeking an active lifestyle."