The acquisition of Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course was announced Thursday by a private investment group led by lifetime Laguna Beach resident and business owner Mark Christy. Terms were not disclosed.
Laguna Beach Golf & Bungalow Village, LLC purchased the property from Aliso Creek Properties, LLC, which has owned the property since 2004.
“Our investment group is primarily comprised of local, like-minded individuals who share a deep love and respect for this iconic property,” said Christy, the group’s managing member, in a statement.
“There is something genuinely magical and timeless about this natural setting. A friend aptly describes it as ‘Yosemite in Laguna.’ With that in mind, we plan to preserve its integrity while embracing the future.”
Aliso Creek Inn and Golf Course features a 62-room hotel, course and a 15,000-foot restaurant with views of verdant Aliso Canyon and the golf course. The 87-acre property developed 60 years ago
is situated between Aliso and Wood Canyons Regional Park to the north and Aliso Beach and the Pacific Ocean to the south. The property’s history dates back to 1871 when homesteaders George and Sarah Thurston staked claim to the site.
“This property holds a special place in my heart,” said Christy. “My late father taught me to play golf on these fairways when I was about 8 years old. Years later, I taught my own son the game on this course, and it is still our “go to” spot when we need quality time together.”