Forty-Five Holes Planned for Central California

In late April 2004, the backer of an upscale public golf community near San Luis Obispo, Calif., hired KemperGolf Management, a division of Chicago-based KemperSports, to a development consulting and operations management contract for Woodlands Golf Course. The first 18 holes of the planned 45-hole facility are slated to open in the summer of 2005.

“We’re excited to further expand our management services in California – a region we know extremely well,” said KemperGolf president Steve Skinner. “The Woodlands’ blend of coastal residences, premier golf, along with the natural beauty of the San Luis Obispo area, promises a first-class experience for homeowners and golfers alike.”

The Woodlands project is owned by Woodlands Ventures, LLC, with John Scardino as its representative. Plans for the nearly 1,000-acre development include 1,220 single-family and 100 multi-family residences, a community building and village center with restaurants and retail shops, an 11-acre natural butterfly habitat, and 45 holes of golf complemented by a clubhouse and driving range. The spectacular coastal Highway 101, a primary freeway for travelers between Northern and Southern California, passes through the area.

Architect Damian V. Pascuzzo of Graves & Pascuzzo Ltd., headquarted in El Dorado Hills, Calif., is handling the golf design. A past president of the American Society of Golf Course Architects, Pascuzzo previously lent his expertise to the renovation of the acclaimed La Quinta Country Club.