Blackberry Farm Golf Course Feasibility Study

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Blackberry Farm Golf Course was constructed in 1962 and was privately owned until 1991, when the City of Cupertino purchased the property. The City has operated the golf course since that time. It is a 1,544 yard, 9-hole, par-29 course and lies within the Stevens Creek Corridor. For several years, portions of the course have needed repairs and improvements, including extensive improvements to the irrigation system.

In 2014, the City began working on a new Master Plan for the Stevens Creek Corridor (SCCMP). Its goal was to create an updated vision and plan for the public lands along Stevens Creek, from McClellan Road northward to Stevens Creek Boulevard. Among the sites addressed by this Master Plan was the Blackberry Farm Golf Course. City Council reviewed several options for the creek corridor in addition to a report regarding the Blackberry Farm Golf Course, prepared by National Golf Foundation (NGF) Consulting.

In 2016, a feasibility study for a draft preferred alternative for the golf course was presented to the City Council. The City Council chose not to take any action at that time, and the Stevens Creek Corridor Master Plan was put on hold until the completion of the Parks and Recreation System Master Plan. The Parks and Recreation System Master Plan (found here) was completed and adopted on February 18, 2020.

In May 2021, the City Council included a needs assessment to identify options for short and long-term improvements for the golf course in the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 City Work Program. In June 2021, City Council further directs staff to study 1) conducting necessary repairs and minor improvements to the golf course and 2) discontinuing the use of the site as a golf course and restoring the site to natural habitat and trails.

The City has moved into the community input phase and is looking for community members to share their feedback on the preferred future use of the Blackberry Farm Golf Course site.



Blackberry Farm Golf Course was constructed in 1962 and was privately owned until 1991, when the City of Cupertino purchased the property. The City has operated the golf course since that time. It is a 1,544 yard, 9-hole, par-29 course and lies within the Stevens Creek Corridor. For several years, portions of the course have needed repairs and improvements, including extensive improvements to the irrigation system.

In 2014, the City began working on a new Master Plan for the Stevens Creek Corridor (SCCMP). Its goal was to create an updated vision and plan for the public lands along Stevens Creek, from McClellan Road northward to Stevens Creek Boulevard. Among the sites addressed by this Master Plan was the Blackberry Farm Golf Course. City Council reviewed several options for the creek corridor in addition to a report regarding the Blackberry Farm Golf Course, prepared by National Golf Foundation (NGF) Consulting.

In 2016, a feasibility study for a draft preferred alternative for the golf course was presented to the City Council. The City Council chose not to take any action at that time, and the Stevens Creek Corridor Master Plan was put on hold until the completion of the Parks and Recreation System Master Plan. The Parks and Recreation System Master Plan (found here) was completed and adopted on February 18, 2020.

In May 2021, the City Council included a needs assessment to identify options for short and long-term improvements for the golf course in the Fiscal Year 2021-2022 City Work Program. In June 2021, City Council further directs staff to study 1) conducting necessary repairs and minor improvements to the golf course and 2) discontinuing the use of the site as a golf course and restoring the site to natural habitat and trails.

The City has moved into the community input phase and is looking for community members to share their feedback on the preferred future use of the Blackberry Farm Golf Course site.



  • This survey will take about 10 minutes to complete. For ages 12 and under, parents are encouraged to help their children complete the survey.


    Introduction

    As a Fiscal Year 2021-2022 City Work Program item, the Cupertino City Council included a needs assessment study of Blackberry Farm Golf Course. Blackberry Farm Golf Course is located adjacent to Blackberry Farm Park and the Stevens Creek Trail.  Currently, the City is looking into two options for the site, 1) Conduct necessary repairs and minor improvements to the golf course, or 2) Discontinue the use of the site as a golf course and restore to natural habitat and trails.

    Whether you are a Cupertino resident, golfer, walker, or neighbor, the City wants to hear from you. The City is deciding between two options for the use of the Blackberry Farm Golf Course site:


    Option A: Golf Course Necessary Repairs and Minor Improvements – Replace the irrigation system, tee boxes, greens, and sand traps. The ninth hole would be shortened to increase safety and eliminate errant shots to the parking lot, trail, and first tee box. This includes the possible expansion of the short game practice area. The empty ponds would be replaced with lowland native plantings. The Golf Course is estimated to be closed for 9-12 months if this option is chosen. On course ADA issues would be addressed. National Golf Foundation Consulting completed this study.


    Option B: Conversion to Natural Habitat - Establish accessible walking trails, free to the public, that connect with the Stevens Creek Trail and develop other visitor amenities, such as seating, an outdoor education area, and a ranger’s office. Allow the Stevens Creek riparian corridor vegetation to naturally occupy portions of the existing golf course. Plant and manage vegetation to foster the growth of drought-tolerant and native species. Establish a wildflower meadow. Existing Coastal Redwoods would remain. Incorporate fire resiliency management practices. MIG, Inc completed this study. It includes a preliminary conceptual design for the purposes of facilitating this feasibility discussion and is not meant to be a finalized design.


    25-Year Comparative Cost Estimate for Option A and Option B:

    Below is a summary table of the projected cost estimates for each option over a 25-year period. Additionally noted is the projected water use for each option. Capital Costs include the initial cost of the repair or improvement. These costs are in 2022 dollars and not adjusted for inflation. Costs include projected revenues as identified in the table.

    You can review the reports for each option or sign up for email notifications regarding this topic at engagecupertino.org/bbfgolfcourse

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