State Parks revises golf course plan
January 25, 2013
Only five holes of Lake Tahoe Golf Course would move across the Upper Truckee River under a new proposal for a California State Parks restoration project.
The agency has released a revised map for the Upper Truckee River Restoration and Golf Course Reconfiguration Project.
As many as nine holes would have moved across the river under previous design concepts put forward by State Parks.
Moving five holes across the river “will reduce construction costs, while still allowing for major improvements to the river and floodplain, retention of an 18 holes golf course and increased opportunities for other recreation such as hiking, fishing and biking,” according to a statement from the agency.
Litigation surrounding the approval of the project’s environmental document is still making its way through the court system.
The Washoe Meadows Community Group, made up of park supporters and environmental groups, filed suit to block the project in November 2011. Allowing the golf course to encroach on State Parks land was one of the group’s concerns. Some golfers have also opposed the plan, saying moving any of the holes would take away from the playing experience at the course.
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State Parks scientists and architects developed the new plan following input from the group, the Washoe Tribe and people working to update the Meyers Community Plan.
Moving some of the holes away from sensitive land near the river is a key component of the project, which would restore approximately a mile of river and reconnect the waterway with its former floodplain.
“Presently, the incised and eroding Upper Truckee is a major source of sediment flowing into Lake Tahoe contributing to an increasing reduction of clarity in the lake,” according to the statement.
Relocating the holes will also open up a corridor that could be used for recreation and river access. Details of the new access and recreational opportunities is expected to be determined during a public process in coordination with an update to the Meyers Community Plan.
The next hearing in the court case surrounding the project, being heard in Alameda County Superior Court, is scheduled for Feb. 14.