RANCHO PALOS VERDES, Calif. (AP) _ A landslide knocked the 18th hole of a new golf course off an ocean bluff Wednesday and onto the beach below.

An employee of the unopened, $80 million Ocean Trails development rode the 150-foot slide down to the beach on a grass island and was lifted to safety by a Los Angeles County fire helicopter, fire Inspector Dennis Cross said.

The landslide came after unusually heavy rains overnight that set records in Los Angeles, 30 miles to the north.

The slide took an area about 600 feet long and 220 feet wide, including fairway and green, said Michael Hoye, a spokesman for the Ocean Trails development.

The public course, a centerpiece of a development including 75 custom home sites, park areas and trails, was scheduled to open July 16.