Closure of Oak Creek Golf Course – Red Bluff Daily News
Last fall, our local Oak Creek golf course temporarily closed for maintenance and repairs. This week I learned that the course will now be closed for the foreseeable future.
The reason given was insurmountable overhead, lack of business, continuous theft and current drought conditions.
This business was sold and purchased by new owners last spring. At this point, the course started to go downhill in terms of playability. The fairways became long and overgrown so losing a ball in the fairway was a common problem. The greens were also in poor condition. This made the game harder, less fun, and more expensive. The lack of activity could have been reversed by a more playable course.
This course is a Red Bluff asset that must be protected. One of the reasons I chose Red Bluff to live in was the close access to Oak Creek Golf. Now my only options are an overpriced club for me to join or go to Redding. With gas prices so high, getting to Redding has also become expensive. As a senior, I have few options for gentle exercise. Golf at Red Bluff is by far the most fun exercise I have found.
How could this course remain the local public good that it has been for many decades? Could it be purchased by the city or county and turned into a municipal court? Could it be bought by a group wishing to invest in this company? Or will it be sold to a developer and turned into collective housing? I hope not.
—Tom Gillespie, Red Bluff