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Friday June 29, 2018 2:09 PM
I know we shut down the courses shutting down thread, but I just learned some sad new today that may only affect me and some of the hardest of hardcore Norcal golf enthusiasts. One of my hometown courses, Del Norte Golf Course in Crescent City, CA, will apparently be closing its doors as of Sunday with no immediate plans to reopen. It wasn't the best course and it has experienced many ups and downs with ownership changes, but it was one of my childhood courses where I grew my passion for golf.

Now, the littler Kings Valley (par-28) was truly my home course where I played most often. Thankfully, that still seems to be alive and kicking. However, a couple times a year my friends and I would venture out to what we called the "big course" of Del Norte (par-35—or par-36 on the back nine tees) a couple times a year and get our butts kicked. As I grew older and my game developed (somewhat) beyond pitch-and-putt abilities, I was able to appreciate the course more as a 9-hole regulation layout. Yes, it was quirky and yes, it was rarely in very good condition.

However, it was a beautiful setting with redwoods around the course. There was always talk of trying to expand the layout to be a full 18 holes, but it never came to be. Most recently, the local Rancheria took over ownership and that signaled some positive hopes since they have no shortage of money from the casino. Alas, I guess it just hasn't been profitable enough and they decided it was time to close. Maybe some new owners who actually understand how to run a golf course will come in and get the course going again. That's always a possibility as the course is up for sale, but I'm not holding my breath.

I wish I lived closer to go up and play one final round there tomorrow. On a positive note, I hope the loss of Del Norte funnels more play over to Kings Valley and nearby Salmon Run, which both need all the business they can get these days. Salmon Run has had its own threats of closure in recent years and I am always afraid I'll hear the news that my beloved Kings Valley has shut down.

As I march toward my personal milestone of 1,000 courses played, I regretfully say goodbye (hopefully just for now) to #2 on that list, good old Del Norte Golf Course.
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Friday June 29, 2018 2:39 PM
Bummer. Sorry to hear it.
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Sunday July 1, 2018 8:09 AM
It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way—in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.
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