The course has been closed for 2 years because the previous Rams Hill owner sold the course's well to the Borrego Water District (BWD) in 2009. Based on historic usage and current water rates, the golf course, which was private, would now have to pay $1 million annually to the BWD. The other Borrego courses own their own wells and consequently enjoy free water from the Borrego aquifer.
Since no golf course can afford these rates, a San Diego developer, Bill Berkley, has offered to buy a large palm tree farm, fallow it, and give the farm's well to the BWD after paying more than $250,000 to connect it to the BWD's pipelines. Fallowing the palm tree farm would reduce the aquifer overdraft by over 500 acre feet per year (AFY). Berkley will also reduce the golf course's historic water usage by an additional 500 AFY by making it a target course (less turf), closing it in the hot summer months (reducing water use), eliminating over seeding, using drought resistant grasses and a state of the art irrigation system. The combined 1,000+ AFY water savings would provide more than enough water to supply all the homes in Borrego.
This plan will enable the entire community to enjoy a top notch, $20 million, Fazio designed, public golf course, greatly improve Borrego's depressed home values, provide new jobs, increase property and sales taxes, decrease the aquifer overdraft, benefit local businesses and the soon to reopen Casa del Zorro Hotel and Spa, generate more revenue for the BWD, and provide a much needed additional water source for the entire Borrego community, which lost one of its well last year.