WE ARE COMMUNITY INCLUSIVE
In Marin County we are a close-knit community, PROUD of our beautiful environment and community spirit ... for young and old ... and all racial diversity. Our golf course lay at the center of our community! And the Supervisors wanted to close it down!
The San Geronimo Golf Course was 'open to the public' ... but no more!
The County’s plans for the golf course property run contrary to the San Geronimo Valley Community Plan approved by a previous Board of Supervisors in 1997.
San Geronimo was a valuable asset to ALL of Marin County and its visitors. Not just a golf course, it also served the non-golfing community for social gatherings, community meetings, nonprofit fundraisers, weddings and music venues.
San Geronimo was known as the ‘working people‘s course’ because green fees were affordable and it welcomed everyone - no membership was required. The clubhouse restaurant hosted many nonprofit community events and family gatherings.
From 2010 to 2016 the San Geronimo Golf Course paid for itself, averaging $450,000 annual net operating income. And, in the same period, it received no ‘hand-outs’ from local, state or government grants.
The 157-acre golf course was used by local youth golf teams at no charge or deeply discounted fees.
It employed approximately 30 people, paid payroll, sales and property taxes.
For more than 50 years, it had been a successful Marin County business as well as a valuable asset to all Marin County residents and visitors.
From 2010 to 2016 San Geronimo Golf Course hosted on average 25 to 30 fundraising golf tournaments per year, raising between $400,000 and $500,000 annually for various charitable events and local schools.
Most of the funds were deployed in Marin County with the exception of the National Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, based on Market Street in San Francisco.
We’re told the full field, 144 person golf tournament at San Geronimo raises approximately $300,000 each year for Cystic Fibrosis.
Marin Catholic and Drake High Schools were among the public schools that had hosted fundraising tournaments at San Geronimo. We cannot afford to lose a golf course that contributed so significantly to community fundraising efforts.