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    Golfers paid their final respects to Cypress Golf Club on Sunday.
     
    Golfers who played a final round at Cypress Golf Course on Sunday were met by a partially drained lake next to the 18th green.
    MIGUEL VASCONCELLOS, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER


    The Orange County Register   Thursday, August 26, 2004

    Two women preparing to play at Cypress Golf Club on Sunday were astonished when they couldn't get something to eat from the kitchen before their afternoon round.  With the kitchen closed, all that was left were some muffins and fruit, and one of the women chose one of each.

    Between bites of her apple she told her playing partner the reason for the lack of food.  "It's the last day here," she said. "I didn't even realize they were closing."  Most everyone else at the club did, and Sunday marked a somber day at the course that had been open to the public for 12 years. "This has been a great place to work," said Dave Chambers, who was an employee at the course for 31/2 years and spent his last day there with a video camera, recording the day. "You hate to call the closing progress, but what are you going to do?"

    The course closed because of a land swap involving the city of Cypress and Cottonwood Christian Center.

    Under the agreement, which has faced legal battles for more than two years,but finally came to an agreeable conclusion in the spring, the church sold an 18-acre parcel it owns at Walker Street and Katella Avenue to Cypress for about $18 million. The city made the deal so a Costco could be built at that location. The church, in turn, will buy 28 acres of theneighboring golf course for about $17 million for a church.

    The golf course will be the third Orange County facility closed in two years. Northwood Golf Center in Irvine and Buena Park Golf Center closed last year. The course was redesigned by Pete and Perry Dye in 1992 and was a popular place for former Cypress resident Tiger Woods, who held the course record of 63.

    "Before it was called Cypress Golf Club, it was Los Alamitos Golf Club, and that is where I met my second coach, John Anselmo," Woods said. "I played a number of junior tournaments there. I have a lot of great memories, and it is a shame that the golf course will not be there any more."  That sentiment was felt by many who played one last time Sunday. "It was one of the best courses around, especially for the money," said Frank Dino of Culver City. "We don't have anything like this up where we live."

    Dino and three friends, Justin Walker and Stephen Frye of Hollywood and Gary Garland of Marina Del Rey, walked off No.18, the lake already partially drained, and couldn't believe they wouldn't be able to play here again.  "It's really disappointing they are closing this," Garland said. "I know it was a financial decision, but if this keeps up, there will be nowhere left to play."  The closing date for Cypress had been undetermined for the past three months, and workers at the course were not certain when the last day was. About a month ago, a printed 81/2- by 11-inch piece of paper announcing Sunday as the last day greeted golfers as they walked into the clubhouse.

    The pro shop also showed signs of closure. There were sale signs to try and move the last few items of clothing and balls off the shelves. The display case that held a signed copy of Woods' record-setting scorecard was also gone.  Yeong Oh, father of professional golfer Ted Oh, was giving lessons to 11-year-old Daniel Lee of Valencia and Kristen Park of Buena Park. The three had just finished a playing lesson on the course and were hitting balls.  "It is very sad," Oh said. "It is no good for golf."  Oh also teaches at Westminster Family Golf Center, and that is where Lee and Park will practice now.

    "It's sad that it is closing," said Park, who has won several junior tournaments. "I will have to find somewhere else to play."  That will be the challenge for many golfers who liked playing at Cypress. The course did between 50,000-70,000 rounds annually. But the fate of the course was completed with the land swap, and not even a lawsuit by the city of Los Alamitos could save the course. Construction of the church is expected to begin in the next two months. "They didn't need to build a church here," Walker said. "They already have a cathedral with this course here."

    Located next to Los Alamitos Race Track Come play Perry Dye designed Cypress Golf Club and see how your score matches up to course record holder Tiger Woods!

    4921 Katella Ave  Los Alamitos, CA

    714 527-1800

    Player Rating Excellent
     
    Holes: 18
    Walk:  Yes
    Ride: Yes
    Metal Spikes No
    Range: Yes
    Lessons: Yes
    Meeting Facilities: Yes
    Clubhouse: Yes
    Dining: Yes
    Locker Rooms: Yes
    Green Fees: $75-$250
    Cart Fees: Included
    Visa/ MC Yes
    Yardage:  6510
    Rating: 71.4
    Par:  71
    Slope: 129

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