Southland Golf Magazine

Team effort

Dave Youpa of Industry Hills credits everyone at the Los Angeles County golf club for working together to achieve national recognition.

BY CATHERINE RISLINGPublished: January, 2010



Every Wednesday during the school year, Industry Hills PGA Director of Golf Dave Youpa stops by the driving range. They’re not PGA Tour players or celebrities he’s eager to meet. It’s the children from inner-city schools learning the game he loves.

Youpa isn’t the only one at Industry Hills Golf Club at Pacific Palms Resort who enjoys this part of his job, offering tips whenever he can and encouraging young players to have fun. Just about all of the employees at Industry Hills share Youpa’s enthusiasm.

This is just one reason why Industry Hills was named the 2010 National Course of the Year by the National Golf Course Owners Association.

“It’s such an honor for me personally,” said Youpa, who’s seen a lot of changes in his 18 years at the club, including a $65 million renovation two years ago. “Being named best course tells us we’re on the right track. All of our passion and hard work makes this is a huge pat on the back; it means we’re doing a great job and encourages us to keep going.”

Youpa credits everyone from staff to management to the folks at Majestic Realty, which acquired the property in 2000, for the club’s success. 

“Our goal has been to provide a golf experience that is unequaled in Los Angeles,” said Majestic Realty co-owner John Semcken. “We want the public pay-to-play customer to have a private country club experience every time they come out to play.”

Starting with the Babe and Ike courses, which were resodded, regraded and rebuilt, the resort experience includes a renovated hotel and new spa, fitness center, pool and fireside dining. The award also recognizes Industry Hills’ environment-friendly efforts, including the updated irrigation system that utilizes recycled water and maximizes water usage. The course also hired a goat herder to clear the hillsides during the renovation.

“Prior to the renovation the courses were getting a little overgrown with thousands of trees,” Youpa said. “We cleared out areas to allow views of the San Gabriel Mountains, and now you can see through to the other holes. It’s become really picturesque yet is still secluded. It’s a 650-acre masterpiece.”  

In addition to hosting school children through the Youth Activities League, Industry Hills gives back to the community by raising money through efforts such as the Land of the Free Foundation charity tournament that raised $1 million for the military’s four branches.

Through its women’s club, golf academy and popular junior program, Industry Hills continues to promote the game. 

“We have one of the biggest and best men’s clubs, we host hundreds of tournaments a year and we teach golf to players of all ages,” Youpa said. “We have two world-class golf courses and we make it affordable for everyone to play here.”

If you haven’t played Industry Hills, you might have seen it on television or the big screen. Scenes from “Entourage,” “Las Vegas” and “Heroes” have been shot at the club, and in the course’s early days, Industry Hills served as one of the locations for “Caddyshack.”

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