Santa Barbara’s Montecito Country Club Begins Construction of Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course

Golf legend Nicklaus is personally overseeing the course redesign; clubhouse renovation to follow

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The renovation of the Montecito Country Club, a staple of the Santa Barbara, Calif., community, and its Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course is underway. Construction of the long-anticipated course renovation redesign, led by the Golden Bear and his team from Nicklaus Design, is expected to be complete by the first quarter of 2017.

Nicklaus Design, the global golf course design firm founded by golf icon Jack Nicklaus, is widely regarded as the world’s leading design firm, with close to 400 courses open for play in 41 countries and 39 states. Nicklaus has personally overseen the Montecito Country Club course design making it a Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, the highest distinction from Nicklaus’ renowned firm.

“We are excited to get this project underway,” Jack Nicklaus said. “Montecito is in an ideal location, plays across a wonderful piece of property, and takes advantage of tremendous coastal and mountain views. Our hope is that the golf course design will not only highlight the existing natural features of the property but enhance them. We have been given a great opportunity on a classic site to create something very special.”

The course renovation plans include features to significantly improve the club’s efforts to conserve water, such as a new, state-of-the-art, water-saving irrigation system; a reduction in irrigated turf from 95 to 75 acres; conversion of existing potable water lines to recycled water lines for all landscape; and a more drought-resistant turf.

These initiatives, plus strategic reshaping of the course and sediment basins, will result in the vast majority of storm-water runoff being collected, routed and treated before leaving the property.

The water-wise changes also made it possible to improve the pool complex as part of the club renovation, including a family pool and lap pools. Work is expected to begin on the pools and pool-service buildings before the end of 2015.

The clubhouse remodel is expected to get underway starting in early 2016, with reopening targeted for early 2017. Improvements include the clubhouse renovation; a new member event lawn; a new golf cart storage building; updated parking lots; a new upper maintenance facility; and extensive landscaping.

“We’ve gone to great lengths with the Nicklaus Design team to create a unique experience for our members and guests, and the result is a world-class course,” said Bill Medel, project development manager for Ty Warner Hotels & Resorts. “The new Jack Nicklaus Signature Golf Course, along with the extensive clubhouse and facilities renovation, will offer members an unparalleled experience that Ty Warner is well known for.”

Members will have the opportunity to play at the Sandpiper Golf Club or Rancho San Marcos courses during the Montecito Country Club course renovation.