Corica Park Courses Earn Kudos

By Keith Gleason
Originally Published in Alameda Magazine: May 1, 2019

The South Course was honored for redesign and innovation in sustainability, and the Mif was named one of the best par 3 courses in America.

Nearly a year after the renovated South Course at Corica Park reopened to much fanfare in June 2018, it has been honored with two awards, one for its redesign and one for its innovative sustainability practices.


For its redesign, the South Course won Golf Magazine’s 2018 Best Municipal Golf Course Renovation of the Year Award. It’s an approbation that gives a nod to its redesign by famed golf architect Rees Jones to the 62-year-old track that limped its way to closure in 2014. At its height, in the late 1990s, it had approximately 100,000 rounds played on it each year, but less than 19,000 rounds were played on it in 2013. It was the course that players forgot, a dried out, grassless wasteland on some holes that most golfers only played if Corica Park’s greener, park-like north course was too busy.

It earned a second award, an inaugural Water & Sustainability Award from Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply and Audubon International, for the way the South Course’s new incarnation has reduced its water usage, used recycled materials, lowered its impact on the environment, and helped restore the land and achieve a holistic approach that may be the first of its kind in the country.


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