Brookside Country Club in Stockton, California.

Residents who live in Brookside’s exclusive gate neighborhood have approved a measure assessing their homes $50 a month to support the country club at the heart of the development.

The votes are in, and residents who live in Brookside’s exclusive gated neighborhood made it clear, voting 531 to 239 to approve a measure assessing their homes $50 a month to support the country club at the heart of their development.

With 69 percent of 770 votes cast out of a possible 937 — better than 2 to 1 in favor — it’s a clear mandate for the proponents of the added assessment fee.

In an announcement to residents of the Brookside Golf Community Association homeowners association, Brookside Country Club general manager Alecia Escajeda called the hard-fought approval “very important for the future of the club and the community.”

The assessment that covers a Brookside Golf Community Resident Membership goes into effect Jan. 1.

The campaign for the assessment created much rancor in the gated neighborhood off West March Lane. Many residents have little or no interest in golf and did not see the need to support the country club that serves as the centerpiece of the development. Proponents saw it as the only way to avoid declining property values should the golf course fail.

Now, as resident members of the club paying $50 a month, they will be allowed to dine in the clubhouse once a month; have access to the swimming pool, tennis courts and pickleball facility; eat at The Turn sandwich shop; participate in fitness classes; play four rounds of golf annually with paid green fees; attend three community social events per year; and get special rates on the country club’s banquet room.

The $50 monthly fee will be fixed for the first three years and then be subject to cost of living increases tied to the U.S. Consumer Price Index after that.

Up until now, people buying homes in the development were not required to become country club members.

The country club had sought the fee as a “proactive (measure) to preserve the future of the community, the club and the golf course. The Brookside Golf Community residents, the HOA board and the Brookside Country Club all need each other to survive in a climate where golf and memberships are declining in order to sustain and maintain property values for years to come,” Escajeda said last summer leading up to the vote.


Credit for article to Joe Goldeen, original can be found here