The Palo Alto Golf Course was founded in the mid 1950s and designed by William Park Bell and William F. Bell, the father and son design team that was so well known through California. The elder Bell, William P. Bell, passed away before the course was opened.
This municipal course is operated by the City of Palo Alto as part of its Baylands Nature Preserve District that flanks the coastal land bordering Palo Alto along the San Francisco Bay. The San Fransisquito Creek, a historic waterway, runs along the course and is a major flood conveyance stream.
In 2010 the San Fransisquito Creek Joint Powers Authority (SFCJPA) sought qualifications from golf course architects to help them reconfigure the golf course to make room for a realignment of the San Fransisquito Creek. Forrest Richardson & Associates was selected from a field of 20 firms.
Our work for the SFCJPA has involved an extensive public process involving the community at large, golfers and various public boards and commissions. Once a reconfiguration plan is adopted, we will transition from design and planning to the development of construction documents and the associated approval documents required for environmental and final approval.
As part of our work we have consulted with the City of Palo Alto on long range planning, clubhouse design, site improvements and an overall image and re-branding program for the aging facility.