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Santa Clara Golf Course to Close, Large Development Planned

Mike Colgan
May 08, 2019 - 2:01 pm

SANTA CLARA — The plug is being pulled on one of the Bay Area's golf courses.

The Santa Clara Golf and Tennis Club, which opened in 1987 and stands near Levi's Stadium, is going to close, according to an email sent to employees. 

The email addressed an upcoming "liquidation sale" to get rid of carts, maintenance equipment and other assets, according to Brian Rapp, an avid golfer and brother of an employee at the club. 

“I went to Santa Clara High School and played all four years on the golf team, and that was our home course,” he said. “I’m kind of sad to see it go, but I knew it was a ticking time bomb. My sophomore year they actually closed the course down for three or four months.”

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Rapp said it appears that there have been declining numbers of people on the course. 

The city, which owns the course, is planning to build the largest development in the United States on the site. The multi-billion-dollar project is expected to be announced next week.

Santa Clara Mayor Lisa Gillmor tells KCBS that they're taking this necessary action to maximize use of public land for the larger good.

The course is expected to close in mid-October.