The City of Palo Alto’s long-awaited Golf Course Reconfiguration Project will transform the Municipal Golf Course into a links-style course incorporating the native look and feel of the Palo Alto Baylands.
The goals of the project, designed by Golf Course Architect Forrest Richardson, are to:
Reconfigure the Golf Course to accommodate the necessary flood control work of the JPA and to allow for future recreation fields for the City
Reinforce a sense of place to the completed Golf Course facility
Celebrate the Baylands environment
Restore the golf asset as a “Point of Pride” to the community
Conserve resources by transforming the fully turfed course to one with more naturalized areas that are in harmony with the Baylands area
Promote Palo Alto by establishing a “must play” golf experience in the region
Construction begins in mid-July 2016 with removal of most of the non-native trees throughout the golf course. As documented in the Environmental Impact Report adopted for the project, the tree removal will be mitigated through the planting of 300 new native trees on the reconfigured course, along with the planting of two acres of native bay ecosystem habitat in Byxbee Park, and the protection and monitoring of 500 naturally-occurring oak saplings in the Pearson Arastradero Preserve. The site will be recontoured using soil from the large on-site stockpile to create an undulating landscape and elevated scenic views of the Baylands and San Francisco Bay that will enhance the golf experience. The golf holes will be separated by large natural areas planted with wetlands plant species that improve habitat for birds and wildlife and integrate the golf course into its Baylands setting.
During the construction-related golf course closure, the Brad Lozares Golf Shop, driving range, practice area, and Bay Café will remain open for business.
The fully-reinvented golf course will feature:
55 acres of native Baylands vegetation and wetlands areas
40% reduction of managed turf areas
35% reduction of potable water use
10.5 acres will be added to the Baylands Athletic Center for future recreational use
7.4 acres will be converted into in-stream marshland terrace habitat within an expanded San Francisquito Creek for increased flood protection
The course will reopen as the Baylands Golf Links at Palo Alto in Fall 2017.