The City will soon commence the long-awaited Golf Course Reconfiguration Project to transform the Palo Alto Municipal Golf Course into a links-style course incorporating the native look and feel of the Palo Alto Baylands.
During the course closure, the Brad Lozares Golf Shop, driving range, practice area, and Bay Café will remain open for business.
Contained within the new course design will be:
· 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
Starting around July 12, the City will remove roughly 150 small non-native trees. In addition, the contractor will remove an additional 500 larger non-native trees. The trees are being removed as part of the Golf Course reconfiguration. On February 3, 2014, the Palo Alto City Council approved the Site and Design planning application, Park Improvement Ordinance, and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) authorizing the tree removals. The removal of the trees will be mitigated through the planting of 300 new trees on the reconfigured Golf 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 City will monitor the mitigation plantings for a period of 15 years to ensure their success.
Upon project completion, estimated for October 2017, the new course will have elevated scenic views of the Baylands and San Francisco Bay. For more information on the Golf Course Reconfiguration Project, visit the project webpage.