Me-Wuk Nation purchases Sonora course, hires Sierra to run it

The former Mountain Springs Golf Course in Sonora, Calif., has been reopened as the Teleli Golf Club — the new name reflecting the change in ownership to the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians. Operating the newly rebranded club is Sierra Golf Management Inc., headquartered in nearby Chowchilla.

As reported in the Sonora Union Democrat, “Teleli” means “Black Oak” in the Me-Wuk language. The Native American community also owns the Black Oak Casino Resort, and plans to cross-market the two facilities.

The course was shuttered Dec. 31 by the previous owner, and crews from the Me-Wuk community corporation and Sierra quickly restored the course to playability ahead of its May 17 reopening once the $900,000 purchase was finalized in April.

Sierra Golf Management was founded in 1990 by PGA Professional Jeffrey A. Christensen. Teleli is the 10th course that Sierra currently manages. The firm also provides maintenance services to four other courses. All of the courses are located in Central California.

The Robert Muir Graves-designed par 72 track opened in 1990. It measures 6,559 yards.

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