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Published Jul 1, 2008 8:00 AM


Located on the western edge of the campus, nestled between the Southern Regional Library Facility and Hitch Residential Suites, is one of UCLA's hidden gems: Sycamore Park. Just 40 yards from Veteran Avenue, tennis courts, a golf chipping area and a putting green are hidden behind rows of trees. If slinging arrows are your thing, there's archery as well — all of it available to recreation members for daytime use.

Golf lovers looking for an afternoon escape can find five locations with a 20-25 yard chip shot onto the green, a sand trap, and a putting area. Most days the UCLA archery club team can be found practicing on a grassy area to the right of the green. Interested individuals can enroll in classes through UCLA Recreation or bring their own equipment to practice. North of the golf and archery areas, just across a small parking lot, the Sycamore Tennis Courts offer six full courts.

Not many are privy to Sycamore's secrets, and there are obstacles. No restrooms, for example, or much parking, and you can't use the Park after dark. Facilities manager Ignacio Vega explains, "There are no lights out there, so we can never have anything out there after 5 p.m. in the fall and winter quarters."

Still, the future looks good for this hidden campus gem. Vega points to upgrades and renovations planned for the near future, including a replacement of the Astroturf in golfing areas and the building of restrooms near the tennis courts. There also is talk of installing lights over the tennis courts. Vega adds that "once we can get consistent usage out of it, its hours could change," but for now it's "all in the works."

— Amy Chen '08

Sycamore Park. For group court reservations or to reserve the golf practice area, call (310) 825-4546. For recreation membership information, visit www.recreation.ucla.edu.

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