Garden Grove

Fore! Here comes new use for Willowick

WILLOWICK GOLF COURSE in Santa Ana is on land owned by the City of Garden Grove.

By Jim Tortolano

A first step toward what could be “the biggest project ever done” by the City of Garden Grove was taken Tuesday night by the city council. On a 7-0 vote, members approved a memorandum of understanding with the City of Santa Ana to begin discussion over the possible development of the Willowick Golf Course.

The 101.5-acre parcel is owned by the City of Garden Grove but is located within the limits of Santa Ana at 3017 W. Fifth St.

“This is exciting for Garden Grove and exciting for me,” said Mayor Steve Jones. “This could be a really huge endeavor. This could be worth well over $1 billion.”

Currently, the land is used as a golf course – one of the oldest in Orange County – but the lease on the land expires in less than two years, said Jones. The prospect of a 100-acre parcel in the middle of Orange County available for development could “have the phones ringing off the hook” with offers, Jones suggested.

The land is located along the route of the planned OC Streetcar line, which will link the two cities. In the past, there has been discussion of a variety of projects there, including a professional soccer stadium or an amusement park.

Since the Santa Ana council has already approved the memorandum, the next step will be to have a joint study session involving both governing bodies. Eventually, Jones suggested, requests for proposals from interested developers would be solicited.

Also at Tuesday night’s council meeting, a renaming of the Main Street Commission to Downtown Commission was approved on a 7-0 vote.




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