Recent press coverage in the Village News

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP SAVE FALLBROOK GOLF COURSE: Follow this link to recent press coverage in the Village News and submit your comments online ASAP! The article by Tom Ferrall, “Lamberson still seeking buyer for Fallbrook Golf Course”, includes information on two buyers who are interested in purchasing the course and restoring it.  We are wishing them the best in their worthy endeavors to Save Fallbrook Golf Course!

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It’s time, before the fire season, to file complaints about the debris and weeds on the golf course

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP SAVE FALLBROOK GOLF COURSE: It’s time, before the fire season, to file complaints about the debris and weeds on the golf course.  Weed Abatement Ordinance, Ordinance 2000-1, North County Fire Protection District, County of San Diego, declares that weeds and other items are a public nuisance. SECTION 1 A states: Weeds …”growing upon the streets, sidewalks or upon private or public property within the North County Fire Protection District which by reason of its size, type, manner of growth, proximity to any building, or improvements which, when dry, will with reasonable probability constitute a fire hazard, is hereby declared to be a public nuisance and shall be abated to the satisfaction of the Fire Chief or an authorized representative.”

Submit your complaints and pictures regarding any fire hazard, debris, trash via this online form and to the Fire Prevention Specialist Gregg Holdridge at (760-723-2010), cc: CEO/Fire Chief Steve Abbott at Additionally, send a copy to us at and to the bank which carries the loan on the property:, Attention Ms. Andrea Hageman, Senior Vice President, Manager of Special Assets, NMLS# 1199565, Direct 303.962.8079, Cell 303.919.2032, Toll-Free 888.912.2265, Fax 303.962.8088, First National Denver, 3650 East First Avenue, Suite 100, Denver, CO 80206. Thank You!

Email blasts


November 20, 2016: You’re Invited! Join Us and Meet Jade Work, the New Owner of 2757 Gird Road!

November 16, 2016: Breaking News! Escrow has closed! Fallbrook congratulates and thanks Jade and Julie Work!

October 29, 2016: Gird Valley Residents Support Close of Escrow ASAP!

September 22, 2016: Welcome to our new Gird Valley neighbors!

September 3, 2016: Here’s to good neighbors in Gird Valley…

July 29, 2016: What’s next? Golf course, mitigation land banking, high-density development, garbage dump?

July 27, 2016: The deal is dead! Golf course needing TLC seeking buyer with vision! 

July 9, 2016: Support your local golf course!

June 29, 2016: A new deal at Fallbrook Golf Course?

June 26, 2016: Save the greens!

May 7, 2016: What you can do to help save Fallbrook Golf Course.

Apr. 2, 2016: Dear future Fallbrook Golf Course owner.

Mar. 15, 2016: Fallbrook Golf Course to stay open … for now.

Mar. 5: Fallbrook Golf Course is closing on March 14. What happens after that?

Feb. 13, 2016: Announcement of Fallbrook Community Planning Group meeting.

February 11, 2016: What can you do to save Fallbrook Golf Course? 

Feb. 2, 2016: What can you do today to help save Fallbrook Golf Course?

January 29, 2016: Save Fallbrook Golf Course! Join us at the Library January 30. 

January 27, 2016: Save Fallbrook Golf Course!

Dear Future Fallbrook Golf Course Owner:

Dear Future Fallbrook Golf Course Owner:

We know you’re out there, taking a serious look at Fallbrook Golf Course, shaking the bushes and kicking the tires! With gorgeous trees, fabulous weather, and a community that will enthusiastically welcome and support you, this course is poised for a new beginning and we wish you the best of luck.

When neighbors in Gird Valley learned in January that Fallbrook Golf Course was in serious jeopardy of being lost forever, we quickly mobilized our time, energy and resources to form Hundreds of people joined us and numerous press reports carried our message far and wide.

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This past week, helped reporters generate four articles!

If you are on our email list, you’ve received an update on the status of Fallbrook Golf Course. What can you do to help save Fallbrook Golf Course? Follow the links below to recent press coverage and submit your comments ASAP!

This past week, helped reporters generate four articles. The San Diego Union Tribune‘s Bob Pickard and the Village News‘ Tom Ferrall covered the announced March 14 closure of the course. When the owner back-tracked and cancelled the closure, San Diego Reader‘s Ken Leightonreported Jack Lamberson saying, “his longterm plans are to eventually divide the property and sell the back nine for mitigation and sell the front nine to a residential developer.”

March 14th, San Diego Union Tribune readers opened the Sports Section to golf writer Tod Leonard’s headline, “Negligent Fallbrook course owner is betraying the public’s trust.”

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Correspondence Re: Feasibility of Subdividing Parcels 1 and 2

Correspondence with Planning & Development Services, County of San Diego, re: the feasibility of subdividing Parcels 1 and 2 for sale as residential development lots or mitigation bank land; PLUS the difficulty of changing San Diego County General Plan for Major Use change.

On Mar. 8, the Save Fallbrook Golf Course Committee wrote to a groundwater geologist with Planning & Development Services. Following are our inquiry and the response.

From: joan mcconnell
Sent: Tuesday, March 08, 2016 4:26 PM
To: Bennett, Jim
Subject: Legal sale of non-subdivided property?

Hi Jim,

We previously corresponded by email on February 8, 2016 regarding community concerns arising over the sale and/or subdivision of the golf course property at 2757 Gird Road in Fallbrook.

The current owner is now advertising the property (see links below) offering a partial sale described as “Option 1.” My question for you is whether a partial sale is possible based on the legal description of the property?

Also, can you tell me what the minimum building lot size is for residential development of this property in the event an investor wished to subdivide.

Thank you very much for your timely assistance in this regard.

Joan McConnell

From: Bennett, Jim

Date: Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 8:46 AM
Subject: RE: Legal sale of non-subdivided property?
To: joan mcconnell

Good Morning Joan,

Nice talking with you this morning. I wanted to provide some additional information in regard your inquiry regarding the Fallbrook Golf Course.

For minimum lot size, the County General Plan ( and County Zoning Ordinance ( are the two main documents used to determine minimum residential lot sizes. There are other restrictions that can apply.

General Plan: For the Fallbrook Golf Course, the General Plan designation is Open Space Recreation. This designation has a required minimum lot size per residential unit of 4, 8, or 16 gross acres dependent on slope. In case your interested in seeing this information on a map, here is a link to the General Plan land use designations for Fallbrook:

Zoning: Separate from the General Plan, the Zoning Ordinance lists the site as requiring a minimum lot size per residential unit of 2 acres. With subdivision proposals, the more restrictive of the General Plan or Zoning is typically applied which in this case would be the General Plan designation.

The site is governed by a Major Use Permit from the 1970s for the golf course. To subdivide could potentially require a Major Use Permit modification, a tentative map or tentative parcel map, and possibly a General Plan amendment depending on the proposal. We would need a specific proposal to more thoroughly examine the issues in detail to determine the specific permit requirements.

Hope this helps.


Jim Bennett, PG #7707, CHG #854
Groundwater Geologist
County of San Diego
Planning & Development Services
5510 Overland Avenue, Third Floor, San Diego, CA 92123
Phone: 858-694-3820 Fax: 858-694-3373
PDS Website

The owner of Fallbrook Golf Course will shut it down March 14 and cease all maintenance

San Diego Union Tribune reports the owner of Fallbrook Golf Course will shut it down March 14 and cease all maintenance on the course. He continues to plan a sale to a mitigation land bank on the back nine, says he may attempt residential development on the front nine. You may also read the latest in the Village News. Your comments are needed!

YOU can save Fallbrook Golf Course! Here’s how:

JOIN US MONDAY, FEB. 15, 7 P.M. at the Fallbrook Community Planning Group meeting at Live Oak School Auditorium, 1978 Reche Road. (See the Alert in .PDF, Feb 13 2016)

  • Show up! Your presence registers your opposition to any land use changes which negatively impact beautiful Gird Valley. It will only take about half an hour of your time but it is a very important half hour so please be there!
  • If you’d like, you can speak out, share your thoughts! You’ll have 3 minutes to voice your opinion. Contact us and we’ll help you organize your comments!
  • Here is the PowerPoint presentation from our meeting at Fallbrook Library on Jan. 30, updated March 2, 2016.

You can do more to help!

  • Contact us for your banners! Mrs. Duke Snider has one–you can too!
  • Spread the word. Make sure you, everyone you know, is on our mailing list. Fill in the Sign Me Up! widget to the right on this site.
  • Share the PowerPoint presentation from our Jan. 30 meeting at Fallbrook Library, updated with new information March 2, 2016.

Presentations to FCPG

A BIG THANK YOU to Fallbrook for showing up in force at Fallbrook Library on Jan. 30 where we all began learning about the threats to life in Gird Valley! And thank you for attending or speaking during the Open Forum of Fallbrook Community Planning Group’s meeting on Feb. 15. You can read about it in the Village News.

Oral presentations re: Fallbrook Golf Course were made, in order of appearance, by Teresa Platt, Dolly Harty, Sue Thorne, Bob Lindner, Larry Mitzner, Ed Erse, Judy Hughes, Brad Jordan and Bill Geffeney. Following are the prepared texts of oral presentations …

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