Fire breaks out at closed Modesto golf course clubhouse
Firefighters quickly contained a blaze Friday morning at the Modesto Municipal Golf Course clubhouse, according to a fire department incident summary report.
The city closed the nine-hole golf course west of Modesto about two and a half years ago. The summary report says firefighters arrived just after 7 a.m. to find the vacant clubhouse on fire. There were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.
No further information was available over the weekend.
Fires have become common in recent years at Modesto’s park and recreation facilities. Some of the fires include:
▪ The early July morning fire that destroyed the city’s American Legion Memorial Hall in Tuolumne River Regional Park. The fire is still under investigation, although investigators said homeless people may have started it. The fire could have been a cooking or warming fire that got out of control or it could have been deliberate.
▪ The August 2020 late evening fire that caused extensive damage to the clubhouse at Dryden Park Golf Course. A police department spokeswoman said the cause was undetermined.
▪ The July 2021 fire in the outbuilding of the McClure Mansion, an 1881 farmhouse the city acquired in the early 1970s.
▪ The 2019 fire at the American Legion Memorial Hall annex, known as Little Legion Hall. The annex was beyond repair and was demolished.
This list is partial and does not include wildfires in city parks.
Modesto closed its municipal golf course because it could no longer afford three city-owned courses. The city held meetings Tuesday and Wednesday of last week to seek public input on a concept plan for housing, commercial development and recreation at the 54-acre site.
The vast majority of those who spoke were in favor of using the golf course as an open and recreational space.
These were the third and fourth meetings the city has held on the redevelopment of the golf course. City officials will now review feedback from last week’s meetings and determine the city’s next steps.