Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Work Starts for Ladera Course Project.(Metropolitan)

Byline: James Yodice Journal Staff Writer

Bulldozers moved in to demolish Ladera Golf Course's existing pro shop and restaurant Thursday in order to clear space for an ambitious new $1.5 million multipurpose complex that should be completed by midsummer.

The primary features of the new complex are a pro shop area with more than double the square footage of the previous pro shop, a huge banquet room, a full-service restaurant and a display case in the lobby devoted to Albuquerque golfer Notah Begay.

As a youngster, Begay learned to play golf at Ladera. He is a four-time champion on the PGA Tour.

"He wanted to make sure that people knew this was his home course," said Ladera assistant pro Wright Zimmerly, a longtime friend of Begay's. …

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