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SLO County considering options for future of Dairy Creek Golf Course

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San Luis Obispo County officials are considering the future of Dairy Creek Golf Course in San Luis Obispo.
 
For years, it's been struggling to stay green because of the drought. Now, County Parks is looking at some new, permanent options to keep the course in full swing. 
 
This comes after rounds of golf dropped by about 40 percent. 
 
"This course, in my opinion, is not just a golf course, it's special. I mean, this is like a spiritual place," said Arthur Kell. 

But for the past four summers, it's the kind of place that has left some people teed off. 

What it all comes down to is water.

"It's just not fun. It's like playing on the freeway," described Kell.
 
The course is currently operating on 100 acre-feet of reclaimed water from the California Men's Colony. Ideally, it needs at least 160 acre-feet to keep the course operating. 
 
"One option is keeping 18-holes and that's driven by how much water we have," said Nick Franco, County Parks Director. 
 
Also, expanding it with mini and disc golf and a mountain biking course. 

Option number two is nine holes, plus a practice facility and more camping options.  

"Attendance is decreasing and revenue is decreasing and that's really ultimately what drives the need to do some change," said Franco. 

"In any case, if this course is shut down or reduced to a nine-holer, it's just short of a tragedy," said Kell. 

John Miller, who has been golfing here for nearly two decades, agrees.   

"I just think it would be a real shame to lose this golf course because I just think it's the best golf course here," he said. 

County Parks says shutting down the course or increasing prices is not part of the plan to get the fairways back to how they once were. 

The County Board of Supervisors will ultimately decide if additional water can be brought in from Whale Rock Reservoir or elsewhere. 

Last year, Dairy Creek Golf Course says it lost about $800,000 in revenue. 
 
The two latest options will be presented at the Parks and Recreation Commission meeting on April 27 at 6:00 p.m. From there, it will go to the Board of Supervisors for their consideration. 
     
 

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