These photos were recently taken at Adobe Creek, a Petaluma golf course and residential community that is frequently cited in the discussion regarding OVA and OGC.  Some proponents of OVA financial support for OGC have used words like “ruined”, “mess” and “blight.”   

In transition from golf course to open space, parts of the terrain now match the late season colors of the surrounding fields and hills but it is hardly the horror story that some have described. The former putting greens are still being watered and the grass has been mowed.  There has even been some preliminary discussion of reopening as a nine hole course, according to a long-time resident who lives on the golf course.

Has Adobe Creek been portrayed accurately?  Take a look at these pictures and judge for yourself.

Below are landscaped walking paths that were designed into the Adobe Creek community when it was built adjacent to the golf course.  Could a few future walking paths on the closed golf course adopt this model?

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  1. Lyn Cramer on September 17, 2018 at 8:56 am

    Thanks. Given some common complaints I hear from people who live on a golf course of flying golf balls and early morning noise, some homeowners just might prefer a transition to open space that is lightly-maintained and quiet.

  2. Donna Hopley on September 17, 2018 at 9:37 am

    The above pictures look the same as a couple months ago at Adobe Creek. This confirms the open space is being maintained. Another positive to Lyn’s post is there would be more privacy for residents living where a portion of the golf course might be converted to open space

  3. Dawn Burns on September 17, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    Did I read that the Homeowners had to sue to keep the greens watered and grass mowed? No wonder it looks this way. The last two pictures are not the golf course BTW. I believe it is common area of the subdivision.

    • Excellent reply Dawn...keen observation too. on October 15, 2018 at 12:06 pm

      Thanks for the reply to the pictures above Dawn; Kean observation regarding the common space not being golf course space; the question I raise is: who will own the abandoned Oakmont golf courses and who will pay to maintain the “green space”.

      Nick Beltrano

  4. Gerry Gwynn on September 18, 2018 at 4:51 am


    BTW, the last two photos are exactly what Michael said they are: “landscaped walking paths”.

  5. John Williston on September 26, 2018 at 1:45 pm

    I believe that the owner of the golf property did not maintain it after course closure until the Petaluma City council imposed a daily penalty fee of several thousand dollars. I would like to see photos of the property outside the city limits which also belong to the owner. Can anyone guarantee that the S.R. Council would do the same?

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