Since 1927, Alameda has had a jewel to call its own.
Corica Park has a long history steeped in the tradition of offering the public stellar golf facilities and exceptional service. The now-45-hole facility has had a few names over the years, including Alameda Municipal Golf Course and the Chuck Corica Golf Complex, a moniker it took to honor Alameda’s former mayor in 1992. In 1997, the name was shortened to Corica Park.
Founded in 1927, William Park Bell, who was often referred to as the “grandfather of golf course design,” created the original 18-hole golf course, now known as the North Course. In 1967 the course was partially redesigned by Desmond Muirhead. With tree-lined fairways and water-in-play on 13 holes, this parkland course has attracted golfers since its inception. This course is currently undergoing renovation, with an eye toward a full reopening in 2022.
In 1957, Bell’s son, William Francis Bell Jr., followed in his father’s footsteps and designed Corica Park’s South Course. Robert Muir Graves partially redesigned it in 1977. The South Course has fully renovated in 2018 under the guidance of famed architect Rees Jones. It is the only Australian sandbelt style course in the Bay Area, offering players imaginative and challenging gameplay.
In 2012, Greenway Golf, leased the property and set about further improving the facilities. In addition to the full renovations of both 18-hole courses, Greenway renovated the driving range and the Mif Albright 9 Par-3 course, which Golf Magazine named one of the best Par-3 courses in America.
Corica Park proudly plays host to many important golf tournaments and leagues, including the historical Alameda Commuters Golf Tournament and the East Bay Regional Junior Golf Tournament. Since the course was established, Alameda has produced top notch amateur and professional players. Many of those players learned the game from Lucius Bateman, for whom the Practice Center is named. The video below provides some insight into this NCPGA Hall of Fame professional.
Today, Corica Park lives up to its history by continuing to provide a first-rate golf experience to players of all skill levels.