This L.A. Muni is getting a $15 million facelift because of the U.S. Open


Maggie Hathaway is getting main enhancements to the tune of $15 million (!) thanks to 2 legendary course designers and the U.S. Open.

Bradley Meinz

No portrait of golf in Los Angeles is full with out a image of Maggie Hathaway. A Louisiana-born blues singer and pianist, Hathaway moved to Southern California within the Nineteen Thirties and wound up enjoying a variety of Hollywood roles, together with a frequent stand-in for Lena Horne.

In sporting circles, although, she grew to become finest referred to as the civil-rights activist who helped break the colour barrier in L.A. public golf. Within the Seventies, having pushed efficiently for the mixing of native municipal programs, Hathaway, an avid golfer herself, took over as director of what was then Jack Thompson Golf Course, a nine-hole par-3 structure in southwest L.A.

In 1997, 4 years previous to Hathaway’s dying, the course was renamed in her honor and, by a public-private partnership, established as an outpost for the Western States Golf Affiliation, the oldest minority golf affiliation within the West. To at the present time, it stays a preferred and reasonably priced venue, with glowing views that belie its $9 inexperienced charges.

Nevertheless it might use some TLC, which is what it’s now on monitor to get.

With the nationwide championship returning to L.A. for the primary time in 75 years, a fundraising marketing campaign is underway to assist junior golf all through Southern California. Spearheaded by the Southern California Golf Affiliation, in collaboration with the USGA and U.S. Open host Los Angeles Nation Membership, the initiative, which is able to run by the top of the yr, has earmarked $15 million to reinvigorate the Maggie Hathaway course.

For the venture, architects Gil Hanse and Jim Wagner, who dealt with the renovation of LACC, have provided their design companies without spending a dime.

For extra info on the venture and the way you may be capable of assist, go to

Josh Sens Contributor

A golf, meals and journey author, Josh Sens has been a GOLF Journal contributor since 2004 and now contributes throughout all of GOLF’s platforms. His work has been anthologized in The Finest American Sportswriting. He’s additionally the co-author, with Sammy Hagar, of Are We Having Any Enjoyable But: the Cooking and Partying Handbook.


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