1985: Davis farmer Jack Anderson agrees to pay $42.2 million
for the Rancho Murieta development, ending more than five
years of negotiation and settling lawsuits. In 1984 Anderson
sought $400 million in a lawsuit against the owners, the Pension
Trust Fund of Operating Engineers Local 3, claiming the group
had reneged on an agreement to sell him the development in
1981. Also a party to the settlement is Ray D. Henderson,
former Murieta project manager for the Operating Engineers.
Henderson, who realizes $2.5 million in the settlement, sued
the union pension fund for $4.7 million in 1983. His ouster
was linked to political struggles within the union.
1985: Some 10,000 people attend a midweek Sacramento International
Airshow at Rancho Murieta Airport.
1985: A crowd of 2,200 attends the Showdown at Rancho
Murieta skins game. Craig Stadler and Alice Miller
win $105,000 of the $195,000 prize pool. Also in the field:
Fred Couples, Juli Inkster, Fuzzy Zoeller and others.
1986: Murieta Plaza opens across Jackson
Road from the North Gate. The commercial development, 66,000
square feet of commercial and office space, was built in about
a year by businesspeople Jerome and Marion Hoberg.
1986: Rains bring serious flooding to the Sacramento area.
In Rancho Murieta, 8 inches of rain fall during the storms,
and the Cosumnes floods the South Course's
1st and 10th greens. The 10th green is covered by eight feet of water for nearly a week. Thirteen trees are lost on the two courses, and all bunkers are washed out. Overall, given the severity of the storm, the damage is minor.
1986: The U.S. Postal Service begins deliveries
in Rancho Murieta. Previously, mail service had been handled
by the RMA and limited to weekdays.
1986: The RMA board decides to add
stop signs to Murieta Parkway.
Plaza Foods opens, with 17,000 square feet
of grocery shopping, in the new Murieta Plaza.
May 1986: The Rancho Murieta Association board receives a report on the installation of stop signs along Murieta Parkway and authorizes Security Chief Jim Noller to install stop signs as he deems necessary in the rest of the community.
It's announced that Rancho Murieta will host a three-day
Senior Tour golf event on the North Course in August 1987.
Legendary golfer Arnold Palmer attends a press conference
about the event. Tournament officials announce plans for the
construction of a third 18-hole championship course
at Rancho Murieta, which will be built by the Palmer Course
Design Company. The course, on the North, will use part of the original North Course. When complete, there will be two 18-hole courses on the North. No start date is announced, but it's expected the new course will be ready in 1988. The company will also redesign Rancho Murieta's
North Course in advance of next year's event.
Part-time Murieta resident Greg LeMond wins the Tour
de France, the world's most prestigious bicycle race.
1986: The first day of the Sacramento International Airshow
draws a paid attendance of more than 11,000 to Rancho Murieta
1986: A ribbon is cut for the new post office,
in Murieta Plaza.
1986: Cosumnes River Elementary begins a new school year.
At the close of school in June there were 162 pupils; 177
are enrolled for the new year.
November 1986: TV and film actor Doug McClure heads the cast of "Aces and Eights," a movie shooting for several days in Rancho Murieta.
1987: The North Course closes for months of reworking
-- renovation of greens, reseeding of fairways and installation
of irrigation -- by Palmer Course Design Company. Golfers
face months of double shotguns on the South.
January 1987: Gold River Federal Savings opens a branch in Murieta Plaza, next to Plaza Foods, and becomes Rancho Murieta's first bank.
May 1987: Rancho Murieta's management approves changes to the community's logo, cleaning up the horse and rider familiar to community residents. A new phrase will be used in marketing material: Surrounded by nature, in a community setting ... Rancho Murieta.
1987: A gate arm is installed at the North Gate.
1987: Nearly 100,000 spectators attend the weeklong inaugural
Gold Rush tournament in Rancho Murieta, a Senior Tour
record. It's the first golf played at the course since its
closure last winter for renovation. Orville Moody wins the
inaugural event amid much praise for Rancho Murieta's North
Course, club facilities and the event staging. Every major
senior player except Gary Player takes part in the event.
There is some grumbling about the course fairways, which are
still coming in due to the lengthy renovation of the course.
1987: The Sacramento area's first Street of Dreams
begins a 30-day run in Rancho Murieta.
December 1987: The Country Club board reports 71 percent of members favored an effort to agree on a price for the club and buy it from the community's developers.
An estimated 30,000 people turn out for the Sacramento
International Airshow at Rancho Murieta Airport.
June 1988: Rancho Murieta Properties Inc. agrees to sell 478 acres south of the Cosumnes River to Winncrest Homes for $21 million. Under the deal, Winncrest agrees to purchase the South Course if RMPI builds a third golf course, as planned. The agreement says Winncrest can build up to 1,300 homes, the first non-custom homes in Rancho Murieta.
June 1988: The RMA hears a report on a survey about the need for a community center. The poll results: 160 yes, 223 no, out of 1,093 surveys sent to members.
Bob Charles wins the Rancho Murieta Senior Gold Rush.
His 9-under-par 207 is two strokes better than Gary Player.
The winner's purse is $52,500.
Rancho Murieta water officials and downstream farmers battle
over water from the Cosumnes, which has been reduced to a
trickle by drought. One farmer says the community's officials
are being "belligerent, hostile and greedy."
Some 25,000 spectators attend the Sacramento International
Airshow at Rancho Murieta Airport.
1989: Dave Hill captures the Rancho Murieta Senior Gold
Rush with a 207, topping Orville Moody by a stroke and
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