Callippe earns spot on Golfweek Magazine's list of best municipal courses

City-owned course, built in 2005, is in good company with La Jolla's Torrey Pines and San Francisco's Harding Park

Callippe Preserve Golf Course has for the first time been named to Golfweek Magazine's list of the Best Municipal Golf Courses in the nation for 2008-2009.

The list is compiled by a nationwide team of more than 475 evaluators who rate the courses on the basis of 10 strict standards including routing, conditioning, variety and memorability of holes. The result is an average of scores, which then dictates a course's overall ranking.

"This is a very prestigious honor for Callippe Preserve Golf Course, to be considered one of the top 50 municipal courses in the nation out of more than 8,000 courses," said General Manager Mike Ash. "This well-kept secret of local golfers is now out of the bag to the larger golf world."

This marks the first time that the course has been included on the elite list, which also boasts Torrey Pines Golf Course in La Jolla, which hosted Tiger Woods' U.S. Open victory last summer, and San Francisco's Harding Park, which will host the President's Cup this fall. Callippe, which opened in November 2005, is also one of the newer courses on the distinguished list, where some of the courses have long and established histories dating back as far as the 1920s.

Designed by Brian Costello of JMP Golf Design Group, Inc., Callippe was developed as part of a cooperative effort to create an 18-hole golf course, hiking and equestrian trails, endangered species habitat, wetland establishment and dedicated grazing land. The course site is a protected habitat for the federally endangered Callippe Silverspot Butterfly and the California Tiger Salamander, and the federally threatened California Red Legged Frog.

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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on May 28, 2009 at 6:28 pm

This is just great news! I'm not a golfer, but I'm thrilled.

This is the kind of news which will help hold property values up after Measure G fails.

Stop worrying Yes on G folks.. all's well.


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Posted by Brad
a resident of Ruby Hill
on May 29, 2009 at 11:57 am

Get your facts straight. Do you know that Calippe golf course cost the city of Pleasanton over $30,000,000 dollars to build.

The notes payable and interest owed on this Pleasanton Golf course is going to cost Pleasanton Tax Payers far more than any percieved home value increase from having a nice golf course.

The revenue's generated from this course are not going to be nearly enough money to help pay for both the (1) Annual operating cost and (2) most importantly - the note plus interest owed.

Where is that money owned going to come from - you got it - Pleasanton Tax Payers.

I love golf like a lot of others - but this golf course is and will be a money pit for the city of Pleasanton for a lot of years.

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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on May 29, 2009 at 5:16 pm


I got my facts straight, Brad. You took the whole post out of context. I rather imagine your jockey's are in a jumble because you have to pay for 2 golf courses.. I'd bet you fought Callippe [you can't spell either!] from the start.

The point of my post was [is?] the Yes on G folks are fearing their property values will go down if Pleasanton Schools suffer by lack of a parcel tax. I was trying to assuage their fears by pointing out that having a top 10 'municipal' course here will help sustain their values.

They should sleep well with that knowledge, don't 'cha think??


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Posted by Brad
a resident of Ruby Hill
on May 30, 2009 at 5:44 am

How did I take your post out of context ?

You say the new golf course is going to help maintain property values.

My second sentence refutes that statement with FACTS -

"The annual operating costs plus notes and interest owned of over $30,000,000 are going to cost the Pleasanton Tax Payers far more than any real or percived increase in property value."

Is it a beautiful golf course yes - Did the City of Pleasanton overextend themselves and create a large money pit for the Pleasanton Tax Payers - absolutely.

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Posted by unclehomerr..
a resident of Downtown
on May 30, 2009 at 12:36 pm

Brad... I made a simple point about the fears of the Yes on G supporters. You pointed out that the golf course will cost a lot of tax money, negating the parcel tax/home value argument.

We could stretch it out further by saying unfunded liabilities and mandated programs from the state will negate the argument.

Many things detract from the position 'they're' trying to use to justify the parcel tax. I used the golf course story merely as a counterpoint.. didn't suggest at all that that was the 'cure'.

If we're going to do a financial analysis of the golf course, we should also look at the sports park; the Bernal improvements; the Firehouse Arts complex, and maybe even the Fire Department!

Lot's of things affect home values... not having a parcel tax destroying them is spurious at best. A typical political emotional appeal.


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Posted by anon
a resident of another community
on Jun 15, 2009 at 10:08 am

way to high-jack a wonderful story about the recognition of a lot of hard work. you two are both douchebags!!!!

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