A golfer teed off at the now-closed Ocean Meadows Golf Course.

Paul Wellman

A golfer teed off at the now-closed Ocean Meadows Golf Course.

Ocean Meadows Golf Course Closes

Thursday, April 4, 2013
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Ocean Meadows Golf Course officially closed for good last week, as the longtime owner — a Los Angeles-based, 82-year-old attorney named Mark Green, who purchased the course in 1994 — officially received a $7 million offer for about 63 acres of land in a conservation deal spearheaded by the Trust for Public Land. The trust plans to convey the land to UCSB soon and help raise another $10 million to restore the property into a functional and educational wetland. Many golfers, particularly senior players, are lamenting the loss of the only regulation, flat, and relatively affordable nine-hole course in southern Santa Barbara County, but many others — including some of those very same golfers — are happy to know that the land will remain open space accessible to the public. Though a number of factors conspired against his dream to “build the finest nine-hole golf course in the country,” Green will retain about seven acres of land along the first and third holes, and he hopes to break ground on a 28-unit housing development there within 12 months.


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Total bummer. The place is going to turn into a homeless encampment while they raise their $10 million. Ridiculous. Once it is "conveyed" to UCSB it will be filled with faculty housing and dorms.

bimboteskie (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2013 at 8:32 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Nope - I doubt it will be filled with buildings; the Land Trust does not work on such deals. And other Land Trust projects have not turned into homeless encampments. It appears that the only building will be by the previous owner on land adjacent to the first few holes.

tabatha (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2013 at 9:19 a.m. (Suggest removal)

From Noozhawk: "Size said the golf course was no longer financially viable, which was confirmed by Mark Green, who has owned Ocean Meadows since 1994." This has been known for years.

Also: "The Trust for Public Land, UC Santa Barbara and the Land Trust for Santa Barbara County are joining forces to right what Size deems an environmental wrong that never could happen in today’s world of stricter guidelines: building a nine-hole, par-36 golf course on top of a vibrant, ecological gem.
“What happened in 1965 is a developer came in and dumped an estimated 500,000 cubic yards of dirt and filled in wetland and estuaries,” Size told Noozhawk. “What we’re trying to do is basically acquire the property and dig out that dirt. It’s a huge restoration project.”

tabatha (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2013 at 9:27 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Great...on to the next "environmental wrong". Is the UCSB campus next on the hit list?

brimo7272 (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2013 at 10:24 a.m. (Suggest removal)

It's not UCSB's fault the golf course wasn't financially viable. How about that water bill they racked up every month?

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2013 at 10:42 a.m. (Suggest removal)

Wow! So much negatvity. I think it is great that they are restoring some wetlands. Only about 10% of California's costal wetlands remain so this seems like a great project to me. I hope I can volunteer once it is under way.

Num1UofAn (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2013 at 4:31 p.m. (Suggest removal)

You'd think the land had been stolen. If UCSB didn't exist the poor (and admittedly charming) golf course might not have survived this long.
It's for sure sad to see it go, but the restoration of the wetlands is a huge plus and we can be thankful to UCSB's presence for handling.

Ken_Volok (anonymous profile)
April 4, 2013 at 5:17 p.m. (Suggest removal)

This is wonderful news!

I was just there a few weeks ago!

this is great!

sometimes it takes a long time to undo wrongs; environmentally!

this is a great example of one!



penelopeb (anonymous profile)
April 5, 2013 at 12:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)

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