New 18 hole course comes to OC, Dana Point harbor gets facelift and other OC construction news

Dana Point Harbor redux

After 20 years, during which the Orange County Board of Supervisors mulled and the public debated the concept of refurbishing the 1970s-era Dana Point Harbor, the Board of Supervisors has selected a partnership of three development firms to do the job.

Accordingly, the county is in a three-month negotiation period with Dana Point Harbor Partners, consisting of retail specialist Burnham Ward Properties, hotel specialist R.D. Olson Development and marina specialist Bellwether Financial Group. If negotiations work out, the $399 million redevelopment of the entire Dana Point Harbor could begin next year with construction spread over seven years.

The concept is for Burnham to undertake 77,000 square feet of commercial development – restaurants and shops, a 32,000-square-foot market hall and food court, and a surfing museum on 29 acres of the property. Olson would develop two hotels on 3.5 acres. And Bellwether would refurbish 2,296 boat slips and provide a 388-space dry boat storage facility on 20.5 acres. The developers, who say the result will be “a world-class harbor,” would have a 50-year lease on the land.


Another 18 holes comes to OC



Does the Orange Coast need another golf course? Although the question is being debated by onlookers, the Orange County Board of Supervisors has voted to begin lease negotiations with Chapman Investment and Guardian Capital to develop an 18-hole short course on 200 of the county’s 395-acre covered landfill in Newport Beach. The Coyote Canyon Landfill, off Newport Coast Drive, was closed in 1990 after 27 years.

Chapman and Guardian plan to develop the 18-hole course, sometimes called an executive course because of its short playing time and appeal to corporate outings. It will feature a double-decker driving range, a 12,000-square-foot clubhouse, and 16,000 square feet of ballrooms, wedding gardens and food court.

If the two firms cannot make a deal with the county, another company, Tait & Associates of Santa Ana, is standing by with plans for an 18-hole golf course, a driving range, an outdoor beer garden, a hotel and a four-star restaurant. The county plans to set aside 123 acres of its site as a habitat for the California gnatcatcher.




Goodbye Anabella, Hello Westin Anaheim Resort

Demolition of the 358-room California Mission-style Anabella Hotel, on Katella Avenue next to the Anaheim Convention Center, is underway to make room for Wincome Group’s 634-room, $245 million, four-star Westin Anaheim Resort. The seven-story hotel, designed by Michael Hong Architects, will include three restaurants and 11 meeting rooms.

When open in late 2019 or early 2020, the resort will have a lush landscape created by Lifescapes International, Newport Beach. Lifescapes, which created landscapes for such hotels as the Wynn and the Bellagio in Las Vegas, is planning a fountain for the motor court, two swimming pools, a spa, and a rooftop with fire pits, shade structures and water features.

The Westin will be the third four-diamond hotel in Anaheim, joining the Disneyland Hotel and Disney’s Grand Californian.


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Pendulum swings on Peter’s Landing

When Peter’s Landing on Pacific Coast Highway overlooking Huntington Harbour opened in the late 1970s, the two-story complex with restaurants and shops on the first floor and offices on the second floor attracted visitors from all over Orange and Los Angeles counties. But as the years went by, the once-hot development lost much of its appeal.

Now Pendulum Properties Partners, Irvine, has purchased the 100,000-square-foot property for a reported $33 million to undertake “a significant re-positioning” and once again make the mixed-use complex a regional draw.

The 300-plus boat slips at Peter’s Landing are not part of the real estate transaction and will continue to be owned and operated by Taki Sun Inc.

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Things to do in Orange County July 14-July 20


“Swing Under the Stars”: Enjoy an evening of swing and jazz music by the Saddleback Big Band. Under the direction of Joey Sellers, the Big Band will feature 100 year old singer Shep Shepard. Attendees can bring low-back chairs or blankets for seating on the lawn. Picnics are encouraged. Free. July 14. 7:30-9:30 p.m. 28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo. 949-592-4656 or

2017 OC Fair: Visit the OC Fair to enjoy community entertainment, food, rides, shopping, exhibits, animals and headline performances in the Pacific Amphitheatre. Other activities include wine tastings, a junior livestock auction, and the OC Brew Hee Haw craft beer roundup. General parking $10. Single day admission Wednesday-Friday $7-$12. Saturday and Sunday $7-$14. July 14. 12 p.m.-Midnight. 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. 714-708-1500 or

“Hooray for Hollywood”: Crown City Ringers will present an afternoon of handbell ringing at the National Handbell Convention. Ringing on seven octaves of handbells, including four of the world’s largest handbells. Crown City Ringers will ring classics from the Golden age of Hollywood as well as recent standards: “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” and many Disney Classics. $10. July 14. 1 p.m. 11999 Harbor Boulevard, Garden Grove. 609-423-7705 or


Obon Festival: The Orange County Buddhist Church will observe Obon with services, Odori (dancing), Taiko performance, and a bazaar-carnival at the annual Obon Festival. The event will include handcrafts, farm fresh produce, and a variety of asian dishes will be available at bargain prices.There will be games and prizes for children. Free. July 15-16. 2-9 p.m. 909 South Dale Avenue, Anaheim. 714-827-9590 or

Contemporary Plein Air Art Weekend: Visit Muth Interpretive Center to enjoy an art show and sale hosted by the Souther California Plein Air Painters Association. Guests can view hundreds of paintings and meet the artists behind them. A family-friendly event, children ages 7 -12 can also participate in free painting classes. Prior sign-up required.  A portion of all proceeds will benefit the Newport Bay Conservancy. Free. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. July 15. 2301 University Drive, Newport Beach. 949-923-2269 or

Free Movie in the Park: Enjoy a free-screening of “The Sandlot” at Fairhaven Memorial Park. There will be an opportunity to win free Angels tickets. Guests are encouraged to pack a picnic, bring a blanket and view the film under the stars.Free. July 15. 8-10:30 p.m. 1702 East Fairhaven Avenue, Santa Ana. 714-633-1442

Summer of Theatre: “Macbeth:” Saddleback College presents Shakespeare’s Macbeth. Macbeth and his lady embark on an ambitious quest to win the Scottish Throne. Guests are encouraged to picnic and bring a blanket. Reserved seating is limited. Food trucks are available on-site. Free July 15. 7:30 p.m. 28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo. 949-592-4656 or


Summer of Theatre: “Taming of the Shrew”: Visit Saddleback College to enjoy a Shakespeare original titled, “Taming of the Shrew.” The story is about a rebellious Katherina who stands in the way of her younger sister’s marriage and Petruchio who is enlisted to “tame” the elder daughter. Picnics are welcome. Food trucks available on site. 28000 Marguerite Parkway, Mission Viejo. 949-592-4656 or

“Symphony in the Cities”: The Newport Beach City Arts Commission presents the Pacific Symphony led by music director Carl St. Clair. The evening will feature children’s activities including instrument making, a drum circle, an instrumental petting zoo, and a meet-and-greet with the musicians. Concert goers are encouraged to bring a picnic, beach chairs and blankets. Food and refreshments are available for purchase. Free. July 16. 5:30-8:30 p.m. 100 Civic Center Drive, Newport Beach. 949-644-3309 or


“1953 Boy Scout Jamboree in Newport”: The Newport Beach Historical Society presents a special screening of “1953 Boy Scout Jamboree in Newport” at the Oasis Senior Center. The film displays events that took place at a gathering of over 50,000 Boy scouts from around the United States and the world. Booths and informational displays from the Newport Beach Historical Society, The Boy scouts of America-OC, and Irvine Historical Society will showcase artifacts and memorabilia from the 1953 Jamboree event. A silent auction and raffle will take place. Children under 10 are free. $5-$15. 5:30-8 p.m. July 19. 801 Narcissus Ave., Corona Del Mar. 949-644-3244 or

Summer concerts at Buena Park Downtown: Visit Buena Park Downtown Mall to hear live music performed by The Ultimate Journey Tribute Band in the Krikorian Courtyard. Seating will be provided. July 19. 7-9 p.m. Free. 8303 On The Mall, Buena Park. 714- 562-3860 or


“Rose from Around the World:” Enjoy an evening on the Terrace with family and friends sampling fine wine. Bayside Restaurant presents a wine tasting event with a variety of different rose wines from around the world. Appetizers will be served. Space is limited and reservations are required. $25. July 20. 5:30-8:30 p.m. 900 Bayside Drive, Newport Beach. 949-721-1222 or

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