Prospects are looking for public golf courses in San Jose

San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo admitted he was far from a golfer, but he still joined the rest of the city council in a vote of confidence for the city’s three public golf courses. town.

“My extensive knowledge of golf comes exclusively from watching the movie ‘Caddyshack’,” Liccardo said at Tuesday’s board meeting, “and my skills have been compared to Gerald Ford’s the few times I’ve been there. .”

So that means he probably knows how to “be the ball”, even if it doesn’t end up where he wanted it to go. For those too young to remember, Ford – the 38th President – was infamous for hitting onlookers with errant punches.

Either way, it was a good turn of events for the courses, two of which had been financial sand traps until they all saw a spike in attendance – and subsequently dollars brought in – during the pandemic, reflecting a national trend. Now the city is looking for a third-party operator to take them all over on a long-term lease.

The San Jose Municipal Golf Course, which opened in 1968 and is the oldest of the three, was in the dark even before COVID-19 forced people to seek new outdoor recreational activities. However, Rancho del Pueblo and Los Lagos had lost hundreds of thousands of dollars to the city in the five years leading up to 2020-21. But that turned into a net gain of $1.5 million last year, and the remaining course debt was also paid off.

So, just a few years after considering throwing away at least one of them, the town’s course reversed – at least for now.

Liccardo reiterated some of his earlier reservations about reaching a long-term deal based on a one-year turnaround during a pandemic after years of decline. He double-checked that the city could terminate any deal early if the numbers dip. “The worst decisions that are made in any organization are made at the right times,” he said.

And to ensure that the community continues to benefit, any agreement will also ensure that First Tee Silicon Valleya non-profit organization that has been using golf to develop character and leadership skills in young people through golf for more than two decades, has continued access (although board member Magdalena Carrasco said that she would like more outreach from First Tee to increase her representation of young Latinos.)

If Liccardo and the board decide to brush up on their golf knowledge through movies before the next time the issue arises, can we recommend “Tin Cup”, “Happy Gilmore” and “Goldfinger”.

ALWAYS IN STYLE: After what she considers “the most difficult two years a company should have to endure”, studio studio owner Karie Bennett was filled with gratitude after the Santana Row salon was named to the Today 200 Salon, and Bennett herself was one of the owners featured on the cover of the magazine’s spring edition.

“After eight months of lockdowns, renovations to accommodate partitions and remoteness, trying to cut hair outside in three-degree heat amid thick smoke from nearby fires and finally to be able to open, we won an award for doing a great job of staying in business and keeping our team employed,” said Bennett, who opened Atelier 20 years ago.

Among the things Atelier did during the pandemic was creating home remodeling kits for customers – which brought in new customers who heard about the DIY service from friends.

THE CHILDREN ARE WELL: There’s a great lineup of panelists for The Kids Table, the third annual event hosted by Santa Clara County Supervisor Susan Ellenberg to celebrate our community’s child champions. This year’s event takes place April 7 at 8 a.m. in person at the Hotel Valencia at Santana Row and will focus on our recovery from COVID-19 and how we are getting women and caregivers back to work.

The panel, moderated by Gina Dalma, executive vice president of the Silicon Valley Community Foundation, will include Sonu Ratra, president of computer consulting firm Akraya and founder of Women Back to Work; Jean Cohen, CEO of the South Bay Labor Council; Quency Phillips, executive director of Joint Venture Silicon Valley’s Building Back Better initiative; and Julie Ramirez, acting director of the Santa Clara County Office of Women’s Policy.

Tickets are available for $50 at

‘ANTIQUES ROADSHOW’ COMES TO WOODSIDE: “Antiques Roadshow” arrives at Filoli in Woodside on June 22, but fans only have until March 21 to enter a raffle for free tickets to the hit PBS show. Ticketed guests get a free appraisal of up to two items by experts from some of the nation’s top auction houses. The tour of the beautiful Peninsula Gardens will culminate in three one-hour episodes that will air in the 27th season in 2023.

To participate in tickets (and view restrictions and rules), go to Winners will be notified in mid-April.

GO FOR BROKE: Certainly, we will take every possible reason to continue supporting the Sharks during this lackluster season. How about that? Sharks Prez Jonathan Becher tweeted that for every hockey stick broken by a Sharks player this year, 100 trees will be planted in California through a partnership with the nonprofit A planted tree and PG&E. So far, the Men of Teal have broken 65 sticks, which translates to 6,500 new trees.

Michael C. Ford