We have two golf courses along the American River Parkway; the nine hole course at Campus Commons and the eighteen hole course at Ancil Hoffman, both of which could be suitable for the ideas proposed in an article examining reusing urban golf courses from the Trust for Public Land.
Blurb from website.
“Urban public golf courses are already parks-in a sense. They’re green and beautiful, and the ecological processes of their trees, shrubs, and lawns help clean the air, capture stormwater runoff, and shelter wildlife. But for most humans, they have barriers that are as real as a sand trap. Unlike other parks, golf courses require entry fees, expensive equipment, and a working knowledge of a complicated game. And though they represent large properties-typically between 100 and 150 acres-they are almost invariably off-limits to the public. But there is a growing movement to share or reuse golf courses as multi-use parks with trails for cyclists and runners.”