SIMI VALLEY – The operators of Lost Canyons Golf Club are proposing to build hundreds of luxury homes on land now occupied by one of the club’s two public courses, turning the entire club into a private venue. Club officials want to convert the golf course on Tapo Canyon Road, which is now open to the public, into a private club with 364 multimillion-dollar custom homes around it, according to an application they turned in at City Hall last week. “It’s a good thing for Simi Valley,” said John McClure, vice president of Hillwood Capital, which owns Lost Canyons. “It’s something that doesn’t exist today.” Lost Canyons, which opened in 2000, has been rated as one of the top clubs in the nation by Golf Magazine and has attracted celebrities including Will Smith, Justin Timberlake, Ray Romano, Marcus Allen and Eric Dickerson, officials have said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “From the sounds of what they’re proposing, it’s something that would need serious consideration,” Councilman Glen Becerra said. “It would be unlike anything we currently have in the community. This is the next level of housing.” The homes would be built on land currently occupied by the Shadow Course and surrounding area, leaving Lost Canyons with only the Sky Course. The plan consists of 312 custom homes and 52 “casitas” in two canyons and would preserve much of the site as open space, according to the application. The development, in the hillsides north of Simi Valley, would contain private roads and security gates. “The luxurious residential product type would enable Simi Valley to offer a community in the upper strata of the market for the first time,” the application reads. The City Council will hold a hearing in January on the request, which will determine whether developers can apply for a zone change, said Peter Lyons, the city’s deputy planning director. If the council agrees to consider the project, the plan would go through the formal review process. “It takes a while for a big project like this,” Lyons said, adding that it could take about 18 months. The upscale homes would offer “more variety to our community,” Councilwoman Barbra Williamson said. Although in the preliminary stages, she warned the plan will have to comply with the city’s hillside restrictions. “The first thing we ask is, ‘Is it going to invade the hills?”‘ she said. Building the large homes could take years, Becerra said. Most of the lots are expected to be custom-made, with people buying estate lots and building their dream home. “They’re looking at re-creating themselves,” he said. “They’re proposing to do an exclusive, high-end, private, gated country club.” Bob Wilson, former mayor of Thousand Oaks, is an avid golfer and has played at Lost Canyons. He said scaling back to one course is practical under the current economic conditions. “There’s quite an abundance of golf courses right now,” he said. “They’re all struggling to make money. Cutting down to one course would help other golf courses in Simi Valley, Thousand Oaks and Moorpark.” Angie Valencia-Martinez, (805) 583-7604 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!