The project to restore three holes to the 15-hole Westchester Golf Course has passed its final hurdle after receiving approval from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

Los Angeles World Airports has received the Record of Decision from the FAA approving the restoration project that fulfills a pledge by airport officials and City Councilman Bill Rosendahl to return the community golf course to a complete 18-hole course. Three of the holes were removed to build Westchester Parkway nearly 20 years ago.

“I’m so excited that we are finally moving forward with adding the three holes to the golf course,” Rosendahl said. “This project is great for Westchester, and I can’t wait for the New Year’s ribbon-cutting ceremony.”

LAWA Executive Director Gina Marie Lindsey added, “The restoration of the community’s golf course is another sign of our commitment that we will work collaboratively with our neighbors as we modernize LAX.”

According to the ten-year lease to Westchester Golf Partners approved last month by the City Council, the three-hole project must be completed within 180 days of the FAA approval.

Many local community residents say they hope that the restored Westchester Golf Course will become part of a larger LAX Northside area development that would include natural parks, soccer fields, and a revitalized downtown Westchester business district, Rosendahl said.

The councilman said he included the necessary authorizations to begin an LAX Northside Community Plan in this year’s city budget, and has formally asked the responsible agencies to begin that process.