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Rocklin Golf Club Shuts Down

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ROCKLIN --

One of the city's pristine golf courses is no more.

The Rocklin Golf Club, formally known as Sunset Whitney, officially closed up shop this past Sunday.

"Sunday was our last day for members," explained Head Teaching Pro Brad Heninger.  "And now we're closed."

For the past year, the owner has been embroiled in a nasty tussle with city officials.

Charlie Gibson wants to make what he believes is overdue improvements to the 52-year-old course. His plan though, to sell part of the 186-acres to a developer to build 38 new homes on the site was denied by the city council in late June.

Now, a little more than a month later, the course is closed and more than 40 employees are out of work.

"I really don't think the city council thought about it too well," Heninger said. "I think they've impacted the city in such a negative way, I'd be surprised if any of them had their jobs when it was all said and done."

But there were many locals who didn't like the plan to add housing and lobbied hard for the council to shoot down the idea.

However, some of those same residents now aren't happy that the property is turning brown in the middle of summer after the owner has let it go.

"I think the owner is willing to let the property go and see how long the City of Rocklin is willing to look at an un-kept piece of land right in the middle of residential housing," said Russell Chaney, a neighbor to the golf course for the past year.

For now though, no one is talking about what could be next for the course.

FOX40 did try to reach out to the owner of the facility, but was told he was out of town.