Roosevelt is a beloved 9-hole public course operated by the City of Los Angeles. The course dates to the mid 1960s and was built to replace an original 9-hole layout designed by Tom Bendelow. Bendelow’s layout was eventually re-built to plans by William P. Bell, and that course was eventually removed to make room for what is now the Los Angeles Zoo.
Our work coincided with conversion of the course’s irrigation from potable water to recycled water. This highly scrutinized project, in the hills above downtown Los Angeles, took more than a decade of planning and permitting, eventually benefiting the environment by conserving water, restoring natural habitat and integrating the golf course to the natural environment.
Hurdles to these plans included a delivery route for the recycled pipeline through environmentally sensitive areas of Griffith Park. Additional challenges included permitting, staging and required work conditions. Once logistics of the recycled water were approved, the City of Los Angeles took the initiative to simultaneously make improvements to the course to add forward tees, restore naturalized areas, rebuild bunkers and reclaim lost green surface area. This additional work required a separate set of detailed plans and approaches to gain approval.
Now faithfully restored, Roosevelt has enlarged greens, reconstructed bunkers and forward tees allowing the course to be played by beginners.
Scope: Planning, Construction Documents, Construction Observation Services
Budget: $400,000 USD
Completion: Re-opened 2019
Address: 2650 N. Vermont Ave., Los Angeles, California 90027
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City of Los Angeles Restores Roosevelt Golf Course (Jan 2019)