Truly a Central Coast gem, La Purisima Golf Course was recently awarded the City of Lompoc’s Economic Development Committee’s Economic Vitality Award, or EVA. Extensive renovations, improved technology, weathering economic downturns and being a business leader in the community all contributed to the award.

Located on Highway 246 just east of Lompoc, La Purisima Golf Course was developed beginning in 1986 by Kenneth Hume Hunter, Jr. with the help of golf course architect Robert Muir Graves. What began as 309 acres of gently rolling, oak studded sand hills is now a challenging and top rated golf course. Golfers of all abilities, from amateurs to PGA pros, test their game here on its 7,105 yards. Golf Digest magazine named it among their Best Places to Play and noted the course is "outstanding, an excellent value.... A total hidden gem.... A nice setting with spectacular vistas and rolling hills."

Owners Chris Bellamy and Sean Hecht, who purchased the course in 2013, also own the former Village Country Club, which has been renamed The Mission Club. They have focused on reducing water usage and bringing more tournaments to the area.

In addition to hosting local fundraiser tournaments, the course is also the home course of the Lompoc High School Braves golf team. In 2015, it hosted the PGA Tour Canada qualifying tournaments.

In addition to golf, La Purisima also hosts events such weddings, receptions or rehearsal dinners. From casual to elegant, they can cater a buffet-style meal or a plated sit-down dinner. Indoor capacity is 75 people or, for a larger event, up to 200 guests on the outdoor terrace.

La Purisima Golf Club staff includes Stacie Correa, Head Golf Professional, Larry Correa, Golf Academy/Lead Instructor and Russ Sandy, Operations Manager/Golf Professional. They can be reached at 805-735-8395 or info@lapurisimagolf.com. Their website is www.lapurisimagolf.com .

Solvang Brewing Company’s Lompoc location, with its Hoptions Taproom & Eatery, opened for business in February of this year. Investing in Old Town, as well as filling a formerly empty storefront and pioneering a local industry, made them a clear choice for the EVA award.

Owners Cari and Stephen Renfrow and Bill Rodgers have completely transformed the dilapidated space, formerly Beattie Motors, into a welcoming brew pub for the enjoyment of all ages. Its location, at 234 North H street, is pivotal in the redevelopment of Old Town.

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The 7,000-square-foot restaurant features indoor dining as well as an outdoor patio dining and game area. The building blocks this dining area from the Lompoc wind. Heat lamps also help to make it the perfect location for a casual outdoor meal.

The menu features many food items not found elsewhere in Lompoc. Pork belly spicy Hawaiian pizza, Jager schnitzel, smoked Angus brisket and mesquite smoked pork belly tacos are just some of the unique selections found on their varied menu.

The heart of their business is producing their craft beers. With nine core beers, one-off large batch beers, several small batch specialty creations and more on tap, their selection is the best in town. Open from 11 a.m. to midnight daily, Solvang Brewing Company is proving to be a vital infusion for Lompoc’s dining, as well as nightlife, scene.

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Building the Future Today is a column by the Lompoc Economic Development Committee. The column runs on the first and third Sundays of each month. To contact the committee, email lompocedc@gmail.com. Lompoc Economic Development Committee can also be liked on Facebook.

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