Historic Brookside Selects Forrest Richardson to Refine Reconfiguration Plans
Work to restore and reconfigure the classic course may being within the next two years
"These new concepts will bring a new dimension to Brookside," said Forrest Richardson. "But at every turn we are taking great measures to uphold the legacy of Bell's work, and to make certain the courses remain true to the design hallmarks of his work here." Bell, affectionately known as "Billy Bell" throughout his career, later worked with his son, William "Billy" Francis Bell, who consulted on changes during the 1960s-70s.
Having grown up in nearby Burbank, Richardson's work is a homecoming of sorts. "The courses represent the best of public access golf, and they have always been familiar to me and my family and friends who play golf in the area," he notes. "The courses deserve to be preserved and improved, which is fundamental to our work adjusting holes for these new uses and players."
"We're looking to the future, while regarding the past," says Richardson. "We envision a Brookside that will delight golfers for the next 100 years, yet will also continue to expand its reach to include people who may not currently play the game, but will be given an opportunity to see what golf has to offer."
Implementation of changes to the courses will follow finalization of reports on the impacts of historical and environmental aspects. Work could begin as early as 2024, although there is no definitive schedule until Richardson and project administrators continue public outreach.