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Golfing in Carmel Valley's Santa Lucia Preser ve B Y M I C H A E L C H AT F I E L D I t turns out Mark Twain didn't say "Golf is a good walk ruined." Whoever did obviously never played a round at the Preserve Golf Club, part of the Santa Lucia Preserve development. "Many players have said that it's like playing golf in a national park," says Jen Anello, the club's Director of Membership and Community Relations. "That's because the Preserve is a pre- serve. It encompasses 20,000 acres, and 18,000 of those are preserved in perpetuity." Tom Fazio moved very little earth in design- ing the course. "It's like taking a nature walk with a club in your hand," Anello says. "After teeing off, you don't go to the clubhouse again until after the round. Along the way, you'll encounter bobcats, eagles, red tailed hawks, coyotes." Great pains are taken to make sure these greens are "green." The Preserve carefully man- ages its self-sustaining water resources and planted efficient grasses. Pest control is handled naturally: gophers and ground squirrels are trapped by hand; owl and kestrel houses have been added for rodent control. "If you laid out a course in the neighboring Los Padres National Forest, you'd get the same feel," Anello adds. "Players are surrounded by mostly preserved wild land." Learn more at santaluciapreserve.com. SHORTCUTS GOLF The Preserve Golf Club, with a top 100 championship course designed by Tom Fazio, is nestled amongst the wild beauty of the Santa Lucia Preserve. 94 C A R M E L M A G A Z I N E • S P R I N G / S U M M E R 2 0 1 9 Photo: Joann Dost

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