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The Cosumnes rages

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1st hole
Photo: Lori Weisser 1st hole

Rivers throughout Northern California flooded in January 1997. The Cosumnes overran its banks and flooded low-lying parts of the South Course, but no homes. That's the South Course's first hole. The dot at the center is a blue flag, still in the hole on the green.

 

April 1990: Installation work is under way for a traffic light at Jackson Road and Murieta Parkway. It's expected the light will be operational next month.

October 1990: On a beautiful autumn afternoon, George Archer shoots a final-round 66 to win the $400,000 Senior Gold Rush. Archer's 12-under 204 is a tournament record.

October 1991: George Archer wins his second straight Senior Gold Rush with a 10-under 206.


The Surge, a World League football team, practiced in Rancho Murieta.

February 1991: The Surge, Sacramento's entry in the new World League of American Football, begins public practice sessions in Rancho Murieta, on the sod farm of team owner Fred Anderson.

October 1992: Bob Charles shoots a tournament record 201, winning the Senior Gold Rush by six strokes.

September 1993: The Cosumnes Community Planning Advisory Council is told of "embryonic" plans for a development called Deer Creek Hills, just beyond the north property line of Rancho Murieta.

October 1993: George Archer birdies the 18th hole to break a three way tie and win his third Senior Gold Rush title.

July 1994: Rancho Murieta Country Club wins a $3.2 million judgment against Jack Anderson and Rancho Murieta Properties Inc. Anderson sued the club for $2 million in 1989, claiming the club hadn't repaid RMPI for expenses and improvements it made to the courses. The club countersued that same year, claiming RMPI had ignored its financial responsibilities to the club and didn't set up reserve funds to handle maintenance and repairs.

October 1994: Bob Murphy plays the 18th hole six straight times -- five in a sudden-death playoff -- and outlasts Dave Eichelberger to win the Senior Gold Rush.

November 1994: The Community Services District moves into its new offices. They're in a new 5,000-square-foot building constructed on Jackson Road, across from the entrance to Rancho Murieta South. The project, built in four months, was on time and under its budget of $550,000.

February 1995: Construction begins on a second outdoor arena at Murieta Equine Complex. The arena is planned to be 60,000 square feet.

February 1995: A flagpole is installed outside the Rancho Murieta Association Building, on Murieta Parkway.

May 1995: Caltrans representatives hold a public meeting to outline plans for widening Highway 16 from Sunrise Boulevard to Murieta Parkway. Between 1986 and 1991, there were 248 accidents and 16 deaths along the eight-mile stretch. What's now a 22-foot paved area will be widened to two 12-foot lanes, each with an 8-foot shoulder. Construction should start in the fall.

July 1995: Caltrans announces plans to install a traffic signal at Dillard Road and Highway 16, replacing stop signs. The pending widening of Highway 16 includes plans for a traffic light at Grant Line Road.

October 1995: Don Bies outduels Lee Trevino down the stretch, posting an 11-under 205 total to win the Senior Gold Rush. During the tournament, some players speak openly of what will be announced two weeks later -- the tournament is ending its nine-year run in Rancho Murieta and will move next year to Serrano Country Club in El Dorado Hills. One event official cites finances as the reason for the move. Playing the tournament at Serrano reduces its expenses by $100,000, he says.

July 1996: The community votes to approve revisions to the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) governing life here.

First hole

The Cosumnes floodwaters crept halfway across the South Course's first fairway.

Flood

The lake at the 10th and 11th holes flooded to the 11th green.

Flood
Photos: Lori Weisser

The day after, the waters had returned to the river, but the debris littered the first fairway.

 

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January 1997: Heavy rains in the Valley and melting snow in the Sierra turn Sacramento area rivers into floodwaters. The Cosumnes runs over its banks and through levees in southern Sacramento County, flooding dozens of homes. No homes in Rancho Murieta are flooded, but waters inundate low-lying portions of the South Course. Stretches of Jackson Road west of Rancho Murieta are closed.

September 1997: The Pension Trust Fund of the Operating Engineers repossesses 1,100 acres of the Rancho Murieta land it sold to Jack Anderson for $42 million in 1985, including the Country Club's two golf courses. The trust buys the land in an auction on the courthouse steps in Sacramento. The only bidder, it pays $20 million. Anderson bought 1,400 acres from the PTF in 1985 and sold several hundred acres before defaulting on the loan.

October 1997: Road crews are nearly finished widening and improving Jackson Road between Rancho Murieta and Sunrise Boulevard.

October 1998: Ten community security officers sign a letter of protest to the Community Services District. The letter objects to a budget-driven CSD move that cut their pay by 20 percent and reorganized the department.

November 1998: The county supervisors fail to approve the 1,900-acre Deer Creek Hills development, proposed for land north of Rancho Murieta, because the site is outside the county's urban services boundary. There is no formal vote on the action because there is not enough board support for endorsement. People on both sides of the issue predict it is not dead yet.

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