In 1981, a group of families joined together to buy the Mountain View Golf Course, which they faithfully operated for 37 years. The patriarch of the group, now 90 years old, was an avid golfer who was passionate about the sport. Over nearly three decades, the owners weathered the ups and downs of the economy while investing millions in maintaining and operating the course including rebuilding the clubhouse following a devastating 2004 fire.
A decline in public interest in golf and an over-saturation of golf courses in the area forced the decision to reluctantly close the course in January 2009, and it has sat vacant for more than eight years.
In April 2017, the Riverside County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to initiate the process of changing the land zoning. This allows the exploration of options for bringing new purpose, vitality and community amenities to the unused property.
To assist in this effort, the families turned to the experts at Oxbow Partners, a well-regarded team with extensive experience in creating high quality master planned communities in nearby cities such as Santa Ana, Fullerton and Eastvale.
Oxbow Partners is comprised of two principals, Eric Cernich and Tom Grabiel, whose experience in building new neighborhoods spans over 60 years collectively.
Working with the property owners and the community, Oxbow Partners is creating a new vision for the former golf course to provide new housing options and community parks, trails and amenities for the surrounding residents.
Eric is a third generation builder and a second generation land developer in Southern California. His career started with his family business, the Laguna Land and Cattle Company, in the early 1980’s. Eric is a founding member of the Costa Mesa Community Foundation which provides grants to fund programs in youth education and recreation, park development and maintenance, public safety and community pride initiatives.
Originally from Atlanta, Tom relocated to the West Coast in 1983 to work as the project manager for the Dana Point Resort Hotel. Tom has worked on Hamilton Cove on Catalina Island, MacArthur Place in Santa Ana, Kneevalbard Farms in Eastvale, Amerige Heights in Fullerton and, most recently, Quarry Heights in Petaluma. Tom enjoys active hobbies like surfing, skiing and golf and was a Cub Scout leader for many years.