A group of investors have purchased the 18-hole Mare Island Golf Club in Vallejo for $2.1 million and are planning to spend $30 million to $40 million to build a 150 room hotel, restaurant and banquet facility on the site. The vision: a “mid-end” version of the Ritz-Carlton resort at Half Moon Bay, but on the way to wine country.
Built as a 9-hole course for the Navy in 1892, the Mare Island course is the oldest course west of the Mississippi and the current clubhouse, a former radio monitoring station which was constructed by W.P.A. Labor in 1936, was one of two buildings on the base to receive the first call of the bombing of Pearl Harbor in December 1941.
The course was expaned to 18-holes in 2000 after the base on the island was decommissioned.