From today's Bakersfield Californian, an advertisement, er...update, on the Greg Norman designed golf course and community. This story is also front page news at his website.
Greg Norman measures the progress of his design for the golf course at McAllister Ranch and provides a sneak preview
Pass by on Panama Lane and construction is evident. But there's no sign of a golf course. You might be left wondering if there ever will be.
But walk to the area just to the left of No. 18 at McAllister Ranch and it appears in front of you, below you. Greg Norman's first signature golf course in the Bakersfield area is nothing like the flat, sun-baked desert from which it is being carved.
"You look out there and you don't see a golf course. You get out there and then you see it," Norman said. "We've done this before, cut into the desert, in Dubai. It's not new to us. We have experience doing it this way."
Norman was in far southwest Bakersfield Wednesday. After a brief inspection of the ongoing construction of his McAllister Ranch design, he was all smiles.
"Everything is great, on budget, on time," Norman said. "We'll finish construction in June of this year. We'll do an opening and have the course ready for play fall of this year."
When the course is ready to play, it will be one of the main components of the SunCal Companies master-planned community. McAllister Ranch is expected to encompass 2,070 acres and have about 6,000 homes, according to a release from SunCal Companies.