County golf course starts major renovations

DOWNEY - More than 100 local golfers and customers of Los Amigos Golf Course attended an open house Jan. 17 to learn about the renovations taking place at the course.Stuart Hayden, former senior vice president of operations for American Golf, led the more than one-hour presentation of the multi-million dollar plans American Golf has in store for Los Amigos. American Golf took over operations of the county golf course from Don Duffin late last year. The plans include upgrading the pro shop, conference room, driving range and restrooms. The bar and cafe are also being redesigned, and the green and fairways are being improved. Even the name has been changed; no longer the Los Amigos Country Club, it is now officially known as Los Amigos Golf Course. A new sign will be prominently displayed on Old River School Road. Changes in staff have also taken place. New general manager Michael Shank has been one of the top performing managers for American Golf and is now in charge of managing Los Amigos with the expectations it will be voted one of the best courses in the Southland. The large attendance was a pleasant surprise for Mike McMonegal, assistant golf director at L.A. County Department of Parks and Recreation. "This is an impressive turnout," he said. "We usually have only 20 people show up at other golf courses." Officials also announced their expanded support for junior golfers in the area. Los Amigos Golf Course has become part of the Southern California Golf Association's Youth On Course program, where junior members are allowed reduced green fees of about $5 and reduced driving range buckets for about $1. Renovations will be ongoing throughout 2013 with an expected open house in March 2014. Full plans and progress can be viewed online at

********** Published: January 31, 2013 - Volume 11 - Issue 42