THOUSAND OAKS : $4,000 Golf Course Study Authorized

The Thousand Oaks City Council has authorized a $4,000 study to determine whether the city needs to develop another golf course.

The council voted 4 to 1 Tuesday to authorize Pleasanton-based California Muni Golf to conduct a financial study for a second municipal golf course.

Councilwoman Elois Zeanah said she supports the idea of a second course, but said a study could be a waste of money if no suitable site is found.

California Muni Golf is offered through the League of California Cities and the County Supervisors Assn. of California. Officials have discussed a possible site for a golf course near the city's Hill Canyon sewer plant north of the Ventura Freeway.

There are three private golf courses in or near Thousand Oaks, but Los Robles Greens is the only public course operated by the city. It opened in 1964 and was purchased by the city in 1974, Operations Manager Bob Meyer said.

Meyer said the course's proximity to Los Angeles and low green fees make Los Robles one of the busiest courses in Ventura County. About 120,000 rounds are played at the 18-hole course each year, he said. The golf course generates about $1.4 million in gross revenues for the city each year, Finance Director Bob Biery said.

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