Effective Monday, December 1st, 2014, the Willow Park Public Golf Course at Lake Chabot Regional Park will be operated under new interim management while the East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) searches for a qualified long-term operator for the course and the facilities. “We know that Willow Park Public Golf Course is a popular community gathering spot and the Park District is committed to continuing this tradition,” said Jim O’Connor, Assistant General Manager of Operations for EBRPD.
The Park District hired Touchstone Golf LLC of Berkeley as the interim operator to continue daily play for the public and oversee maintenance of the course and facilities. Concessions such as the bar, clubhouse, and pro shop will continue under Touchstone Golf’s management. The restaurant will be closed while the Park District and Touchstone Golf explore food service and catering options.
Willow Park Public Golf Course, located off Redwood Road in Castro Valley, is adjacent to Lake Chabot Regional Park and set amidst a beautiful natural canopy of redwood, oak, and willow trees, for which the course is named. The 150 acres comprising the golf course facility and surrounding areas are leased to the Park District by East Bay Municipal Utility District. The Park District sub-leased the golf facility development and operation to Baldock Pacific Properties, which assigned the lease of all development and concessions to its current operator, Willow Park Public Golf Course Corporation. The golf course sublease had an unprecedented 50 year term, which expires November 30th, 2014.
“We are thrilled to assume management of Willow Park Public Golf Course facility and look forward to working with the East Bay Regional Park District to exceed the needs and expectations of local golfers and the community,” said Touchstone Golf President and CEO Steve Harker.
The golf course is closed as of November 17th while the current operator closes out operation and assists in the transfer to Touchstone Golf.
Touchstone Golf specializes in interim management of golf courses and not long term capital development needs as is the case with Willow Park. They currently oversee operations at several California facilities: Lake Chabot Golf Course in Oakland, Mare Island Golf Club in Mare Island, Franklin Canyon Golf Course in Hercules, and Glen Annie Golf Club in Santa Barbara, to name a few.
Willow Park Public Golf Course is renowned as one of the Bay Area’s most beautiful golf destinations. Featuring some of the most breathtaking golf scenery in Northern California, the course serves as home to a diverse assortment of wildlife species, including deer, wild turkeys and geese. While challenging for scratch golfers, multiple tees on each hole enable golfers of all ages and abilities to enjoy this picturesque golf gem.
Willow Park Public Golf Course hours and fees will remain the same under the interim operator. For more information and questions about public play or tournaments, please call Touchstone Golf after December 1st at (510) 537-8001.
In addition to managing Willow Park Public Golf Course, the Park District owns Tilden Golf Course in Berkeley, which is managed and operated by American Golf Corporation.
The East Bay Regional Park District is a system of beautiful public parks and trails in Alameda and Contra Costa counties east of San Francisco Bay, established in 1934. The system comprises 114,000+ acres in 65 parks including over 1,200 miles of trails for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature learning.
Carol Johnson, Assistant General Manager