Elkhorn Golf

Well, I have good news. The golf course that is behind my house is going to reopen as a public golf course. I got wind of the deal from a neighbor and then tipped off Bob Highfill of the Stockton Record and today he posted this report.

Elkhorn neighbors rescue golf course

By Bob Highfill
Record Sports Editor
August 31, 2011 12:00 AM

STOCKTON – A group of local investors has purchased Elkhorn Country Club and contracted Sierra Golf Management to operate the facility, a source with the management company confirmed Tuesday.

The deal is expected to close today.

Elkhorn went into foreclosure in February after 47 years as a privately owned operation. The source with the Chowchilla-based management company, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because the deal hadn’t yet been finalized, said, “We’re hours close from this being a done deal.”

Sierra Golf Management will manage the 18-hole golf course and banquet facility on Elkhorn Drive near Davis and Eight Mile roads in Stockton. A partnership of homeowners in the 65-home Elkhorn subdivision made an offer that was accepted by the club’s creditor, the Bank of Stockton. Terms of the purchase were not disclosed. Nancy Caplin, who purchased Elkhorn with her late husband, Ty Caplin, in 1978, did not immediately return a phone message. Nancy Caplin operated the private club after her husband died in 1994.

The source said the management company is excited about its plans for Elkhorn, but wouldn’t go into specifics. It has five golf courses, all public, in its portfolio: Pheasant Run Golf Club in Chowchilla, Madera Municipal Golf Course, Forest Meadows Golf Course and Resort in Murphys, Salinas Fairways Golf Course, and Yosemite Lakes Park Golf Club in Coarsegold.

The management company has been involved with golf course projects since the early 1990s, and strives to improve the quality and service of its golf facilities, thus increasing the total rounds of play on its properties, according to the company’s website.

“We’re so excited about this project,” the source said. “We are the most hands-on management company in the industry. When we do a project, we do it full force.”

Much work is needed, especially with the greens, to bring the course into playable condition, but the source said the management company hopes to reopen Elkhorn in November.

“I’m glad somebody’s taking it over,” said 87-year-old Paul Kaplan of Stockton, an Elkhorn member for 30 years. “It’s a very nice golf course. We’ll be back playing on it when it opens again.”

Contact sports editor Bob Highfill at (209) 546-8282 or bhighfill@recordnet.com. Visit his blog at recordnet.com/sportsblog.

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