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Industry Hills golf courses named best of the year

By James Wagner, Staff Writer

Posted: 12/19/2009 05:43:11 PM PST

Industry Hills Golf Course at the Pacific Palms Resort has been named 2010 golf course of the year by the National Golf Course Owners Association. The Zaharias Course, also known as “Babe,” is pictured here Dec. 14, 2009. (SGVN/Staff photo by Leo Jarzomb)

INDUSTRY – The Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms has dug itself out of a bunker.

After the golf courses opened in 1980, the former landfill site turned into a losing venture for the city.

Then a pair of Majestic Realty Co. executives came to the rescue. CEO Ed Roski Jr. and Vice President John Semcken stepped in nine years ago, invested millions and now they have a winner.

Last month, the National Golf Course Owners Association named the Industry Hills Golf Club the 2010 “Golf Course of the Year.”

“We’re excited and honored,” said director of golf Dave Youpa. “To us, it’s a big deal.”

The resort, which includes two golf courses known informally as “Ike” and “Babe,” now shares the award with other notable courses, such as Pebble Beach.

“And some consider that the best golf course in the world,” Youpa said.

Since 2006, Majestic Realty and Industry have invested nearly $60 million in renovating the 292-room hotel and golf courses.

Of that, more than $22 million was dedicated to overhauling the golf courses – replacing all the fairways, adjusting bunkers and redoing the pro shop, Semcken said.

“We wanted to give a public golfer the feel of a private golf club,” he said.

The Pacific Palms Resort and its facilities are master-leased by Majestic Realty, Roski and Semcken under a partnership called Majestic Industry Hills, LLC.

The lease lasts 65 years, said Industry Mayor Dave Perez.
Previous Industry Mayor Dave Winn brought Roski in as a co-owner after Winn grew tired of having the city lose money on the resort, Perez said.

“We’re a lot happier now that Roski has it,” he said.

The Northern Trust Open, formerly the L.A. Open, holds qualifying rounds at the Industry Hills courses.

On a recent morning, an Industry Hills regular, 50-year old Tim Tsai, played a round of golf on the shorter “Babe” course.

“They made it a lot easier for the general public,” said Tsai. “Before it was for the Tour guys.”

james.wagner@sgvn.com

626-962-8811, ext. 2236

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