FULLERTON, Calif. (May 24, 2017) – Nine months after the first dirt was turned and 9,600 plants and trees later, Morningside retirement community in Fullerton, California, has officially opened its new pitch and putt golf course and pickleball court. The grand opening for the “Links at Morningside” was celebrated with a traditional ribbon-cutting with more than 400 residents, special guests, government officials and staff in attendance. After the ribbon-cutting, residents played pickleball with professional pickleball players and practiced their putting and short game on the new golf course.
Built at a cost of $1.6 million on nearly four acres of vacant land on the Morningside campus, the golf course offers six holes as well as a practice hitting cage. The links were installed with artificial turf to make the course environmentally friendly and easy to maintain.
Morningside also added a pickleball court for residents who prefer pickleball – one of the fastest-growing sports in the country, especially for older adults. Morningside currently features the only pickleball court in Fullerton. A designated nature walk for residents was also constructed along the golf course pathway.
In addition to several hundred Morningside residents, the grand opening festivities were attended by State Senator Josh Newman, representatives for Congressman Ed Royce and Assemblywoman Sharon Quirk-Silva, and members of the North Orange County Chamber of Commerce.
“The vision for this major new recreational area has been in the works for a long time and we are pleased to see it come to life,” said E. Justin Wilson, III, executive vice president and managing partner for Morningside. “Many of the residents who play golf will now be able to practice their short game right here at home, and the new pickleball court offers residents the chance to play this very popular sport without having to drive to another city. We hope the Links at Morningside provides many hours of enjoyment and exercise for the residents for years to come.”
During the construction process, the Morningside management team worked under the direction of the California Department of Fish and Game and the Army Corps of Engineers to restore the raw land with thousands of trees, shrubs and ground cover native to the Fullerton area. Hundreds of weeds, shrubs and non-native plants were removed as part of the $100,000 habitat restoration project.
Morningside has made a number of other improvements and enhancements over the last few years, including a major renovation of its dining and kitchen areas to include a sports bar and pizza oven, wine room for special occasions and the Crystal Deli where residents can grab a quick meal when they’re on the go.
The community also completed a $2 million renovation of its onsite Lakeview Hall community room which now houses a large, professional stage for musical entertainment and other special events, and a game room with a 65-inch television screen for watching sports and playing Wii. The Wellness Center was also expanded and offers a large fitness area with flat screen televisions as well as the Oasis Spa, a separate luxury spa featuring logoed robes, facials, steam room, relaxation/meditation room and massage rooms. The Wellness Center provides direct access to the outdoor swimming pool.