Valley Center breaks ground on nine-hole golf course

Valley Center is getting a new golf course, a $1.2 million project that launched Tuesday with a groundbreaking ceremony.

The Valley Center Recreation Commission is building the Valley Center Golf Center, a nine-hole executive course that will also include a driving range. The course will be developed on about 30 acres in the area of North Emporia and Fifth Street.

According to information from Steve Geddes of the recreation commission, the course will feature seven par-3 holes and two par-4 holes. Golfers should be able to play a round in about 90 minutes.

The shorter course also promotes fitness because it is intended to be walked, Geddes said.

It will feature artificial greens. Geddes said the decision to use artificial turf for the greens was made after having a number of avid golfers check out other courses with artificial greens.

Wildcat Golf is the contractor and Taylor Zimbelman of Dye Designs is the designer for the project.

Officials hope to have the driving range operational by fall. The course will open in the spring of 2016, depending on weather conditions.