ALAMEDA -- Golfers are again swinging at the Mif Albright course at the Chuck Corica Golf Complex now that the course has been redesigned and renovated.
City officials and other dignitaries got a sneak peak at the refurbished 9-hole, par-3 course that traditionally has been popular with novices and seniors on May 20, four days before the official grand opening over the Memorial Day weekend.
Marc Logan, a turf scientist and agronomist with Greenway Golf Associates Inc., which manages the city-owned complex, designed the new layout after the old Mif was completely razed.
Along with new grass, the project included a new irrigation system.
"My sons and I learned to play golf on the old Mif so I'm pretty attached to the place," City Manager John Russo said. "The upgrades by Greenway are exquisite and have made this a destination practice facility."
Greenway has pledged to invest $6.7 million at the complex on Bay Farm Island under its 25-year lease with the city. Most of the money will go toward the 18-hole, Jack Clark south course, where about $5.1 million will be spent on new grass, a drainage system and a cart path. The remainder of the money will go toward similar improvements on the Earl Fry north course, also 18 holes.
The lease with the city also calls for Greenway to pay about $3.4 million in rent over 10 years.
Design firm Rees Jones Inc., which has carried out renovations at golf courses around the world, including in the Bahamas, Japan and the United Kingdom, will redesign the south course, according to Greenway. That project is expected to start in July.
The City Council's unanimous selection of Greenway in May 2012 followed a protracted public battle over the complex's future after city officials considered "swapping" a portion of the 45-hole complex with a developer Ron Cowan, citing declining rounds and revenue.
The overall renovation of the complex, which opened in 1927, is expected be completed within about five years.
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