■ By Chris Smith / Advisory Editor
Absent for nearly two months, little white golf carts once again traversed the lush fairways of San Jacinto’s Country Club at Soboba Springs Friday as the PGA-rated, par-70 course reopened to golfers from across southern California and the nation.
Renowned golf course architect Cary Bickler shook hands at the reopening ceremony with local dignitaries, members of the Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians (club owners), and club employees including golf operations manager Frank Luchowski and general manager Ray Shalizi, who all helped ready the course for its scheduled Dec. 1 reopening.
Bickler and the country club team conceived and executed the multimillion dollar renovation of the 18-hole course necessitated by ongoing construction of the Tribe’s new replacement casino, scheduled to open in fall 2018. With all 18 holes in play, golfers will take little notice as further course refinements continue.
Considered one of southern California’s premier public golf facilities, the Country Club at Soboba Springs offers more than 6,000 yards of play area for golfers of all skill levels.
Pictured next to a map of the course redesign are, from left, golf manager Frank Luchowski, general manager Ray Shalizi, Tribal Chairman Scott Cozart, and Tribal Administrator Michael Costello. Course architect Cary Bickler, solo photo, is pictured with the lush intricacies of the new course landscape in the background.