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Mission Viejo resident wins naming rights to City golf course

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Drum roll please … And the former Casta del Sol golf course has been renamed the Oso Creek Golf Course by resident Don Tayenaka as part of the City’s renaming contest. 

Don’s submission was among more than 1,000 entries for the contest, which resulted with the top four finalists being The Links by Tami Clingan; Oso Viejo by Amy Jennings; The Greens by Robert Way, Sr. and Mission Viejo Golf Club by Aarif Mughal.  

The City Council on September 8 officially voted to rename the golf course as the Oso Creek Golf Course. The name and variations of it were the most popular names submitted. The City looked at the first part of the name “Oso Creek” as the main criteria for renaming and selecting a winner and then added the words “golf course/club/links” as a separate decision.

The City, which is grateful to everyone who took part in the contest, will host an appreciation event on the “Terrace on the Green” at the golf course in October for the winners and runners up. Stay tuned for more exciting news about the Oso Creek Golf Course. 


Submitted by Janet Klein on Thu, 09/10/2020 - 6:19 pm


Just saying - I think my submission was way more original than Oso Creek Golf Course! Seems to me we have more than enough references to Oso Creek here in MV.

Submitted by Marco on Thu, 09/10/2020 - 7:08 pm


I think reference to the lake would be more suitable since it is right beside the golf course.. well anyway congrats to the winner and runner ups.. maybe time to do a logo contest?

Submitted by City Staff on Thu, 09/10/2020 - 7:41 pm


Per the contest rules: "If more than one person submits a name that is chosen as a finalist, only the FIRST person who submitted the name (based on the electronic time stamp from the submission) will be included as a finalist to receive a prize."

Submitted by Seta on Fri, 09/11/2020 - 6:46 am


Oso Creek Golf Course is a bit of a stretch, being named after the trail. With so many befitting options: we have the beautiful Saddleback Mountain, we have the sparkling MV Lake.

Submitted by Bruce Atkins on Fri, 09/11/2020 - 7:22 am


Love the new name!. (Bear Creek) Oso Creek!
Please commission metal Ball Markers with words Oso Creek and a Bear on one side and the Mission Viejo City logo on the other side. I for one will buy several and many others will too.

Submitted by Alan Andreasen on Fri, 09/11/2020 - 8:40 am


I submitted the name Oso Creeck Golf Club, along with two others, 2 or 3 days after the contest started! I'd like to see the date stamp on the submissions by myself and Don!

Submitted by Glenn Cwieka on Fri, 09/11/2020 - 9:53 am


Congrats to the winner. I also submitted the name as it ties in the Creek trail and could open up access to Clubhouse from the trail.

Submitted by City Staff on Fri, 09/11/2020 - 1:03 pm


Regarding the question on the name change... The City recently purchased the Golf Course and since the course is not associated with the neighboring Casta del Sol community, we felt it was appropriate to change the name. Many people thought the course was private and part of the CdS community when, in fact, it is a public course. We also sought a name that considered the course’s location, amenities, topography and other attributes of our community.

Submitted by Jeff Badrtalei on Fri, 09/11/2020 - 5:11 pm


I had also submitted the name "Oso Creek Golf Course". How could only one person be the winner? Was there a drawing?

Submitted by Jay Culliney on Sun, 09/13/2020 - 12:07 pm


For all those saying that they submitted the same name as the winner: Didn't you read the rules before you entered?

Submitted by Teri Licudine on Tue, 09/15/2020 - 9:42 am


Just want to say thank you for all your hard work and giving the community an opportunity to participate in choosing the name of our golf course. We are so appreciative that the golf course was preserved and we don't have to look at more condo's and/or office buildings.

Congratulations to the first person who selected the winning name, which was very popular among many entries. Teri

Submitted by Steve Mundell on Thu, 09/17/2020 - 2:52 pm


Played the newly re-named Oso Creek Golf Course this morning Thursday 9-17 and was proud to be the first player to head out to the first tee in one of their beautiful new golf carts. Didn’t improve my score, but I certainly looked good in their new silver ride.

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