PRESS RELEASE

City of Long Beach 
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd, 
Long Beach, CA 90802

3/7/2019
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:030719A
Subject:
Skylinks at Long Beach Golf Course Named ‘Course of the Year’
Contact:
Jane Grobaty
Community Information Officer
Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine
562.570.3233
Jane.Grobaty@longbeach.gov





The City’s Skylinks at Long Beach Golf Course (Skylinks) has been named “Course of the Year” by the California Golf Course Owner’s Association (CGCOA) for its industry-leading initiatives, golf programming and community involvement. The award was given at the CGCOA Gold Course of the Year Awards Ceremony at Skylinks yesterday.

“Skylinks is an amazing golf course and we are honored it is the host of the annual Mayor’s Golf Tournament in partnership with the Long Beach Century Club to support local high school athletes,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “I am proud that Long Beach is home to one of the best municipal golf courses in California.”

The “Course of the Year” award is given to a member of CGCOA that demonstrates:

  • Exceptional course quality.
  • Exemplary water stewardship practices.
  • Exceptional quality of ownership and management.
  • Outstanding contribution to the community.
  • Significant contributions to the game of golf.

Skylinks is located across the street from the Long Beach Airport and just off the 405 freeway. Designed by leading golf course architect, Cal Olson, Skylinks is owned by the City and managed by American Golf through a contract agreement.

“Skylinks is one of the host courses of the annual Long Beach Open Charity Pro-Am Golf Tournament and is home to the Players Club golfer development program,” said Parks, Recreation and Marine Director Gerardo Mouet. “For a nominal monthly fee, over 3,800 local golfers enjoy daily access to the driving range, weekly group lessons, and reduced-fee golf at Skylinks as well as the balance of the four courses in the City’s portfolio.”

CGCOA recognized Skylinks for the following attributes:

  • Course Quality—Skylinks was built in 1959, at Spring Street and Clark Avenue, as a buffer between residential areas to the east and Long Beach Airport. The golf course was completely rebuilt in 2004 with a $5 million Cal Olson design at 6,909 yards and par 72. Skylinks has been named best public course redesign by Golf Inc. and has earned many “Reader’s Choice Best” awards from the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
  • Sustainable Practices—The course redesign allows Skylinks to become a more efficient irrigator. Modern irrigation control systems were installed, and drought-tolerant species such as Bermuda grass were used on the course and in decorative areas. In addition, the entire facility uses recycled water, saving millions of gallons of potable water that would otherwise be used.
  • Community Partnerships—As one of the host courses of the annual Long Beach Golf Festival, Skylinks is a big supporter of local amateur and professional golf. In 2018, nearly 1,300 golfers took part in one or more Golf Festival events. There were over 3,000 rounds of tournament golf that took place during the Festival. The culmination of the Festival is the $175,000 Long Beach Open (LBO), played at Skylinks and El Dorado Park golf courses. This four-day tournament annually includes many of the top young professionals among its 315-player field. Several past participants in the LBO have gone on to success on the PGA Tour, including Fred Couples, Mark O’Meara, Craig Stadler, Peter Jacobsen, Xander Schauffele, and Long Beach native, Paul Goydos.
  • Contributions to Local Golf Development/Contributions to the Game—Skylinks houses the Long Beach Golf Hall of Fame. Inductees are considered for "leaving their mark on Long Beach Golf" and can be considered in numerous categories, including player, administrator, volunteer or coach.

About the City of Long Beach

Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly-respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths, and a Bike Share program.

For more information about the City of Long Beach, visit http://longbeach.gov/. Follow us on social to keep up with the latest news: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine

Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine Department (PRM) is recognized for excellence in management practices and programs, having received the National Parks and Recreation Association Gold Medal Award four times. PRM provides leisure programs and services to residents and visitors, which improve the quality of life in Long Beach. PRM maintains 171 parks with 26 community centers, 320 acres of open space, and 6.1 miles of beaches; implements the City's Open Space Plan, provides recreational opportunities to meet diverse community needs, maintains public marinas, and provides for public safety and the humane treatment of animals.

For more information about the Long Beach Parks, Recreation and Marine, visit http://www.longbeach.gov/park. Follow us on social to keep up with the latest news on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.

About Skylinks Golf Course

Directly across Lakewood Blvd. from the Long Beach Airport, this course was completely renovated in 2004 with Bermuda Grass fairways and Bent Grass greens, and was acknowledged by CERTIS as the "Renovation of the Year". Several water hazards and numerous bunkers await your errant shots, while excellent fairways and greens reward your good play. This 18-hole course is a very enjoyable experience for all skill levels. Skylinks also offers a night lighted driving range, practice greens, a full- service restaurant for breakfast and lunch, bar and banquet facilities that can hold up to 150 people, and a waterfall back drop for weddings and other functions. Reservations can be made by calling (562) 421-3388.

About California Golf Course Owner’s Association

CGCOA is dedicated to developing strategic partnerships and strategies to help golf course owners to provide a thriving recreational facility for the local community. For more information about CGCOA, visit https://cgcoa.net.