Name change is near
Susanville's City Council inched closer to transforming Emerson Lake Golf Course into Diamond Mountain Golf Course. At the request of Emerson Lake Golf Course general manager Todd Sickles, the council figures to rename the course in efforts to change the image of Emerson Lake and make the course more appealing to out-of-town golfers.
Before making a concrete decision, the council asked city attorney Kathleen Lazard to inquire about the legalities of the name change, and councilman Doug Sayers said he wanted the community to be surveyed about its opinion of switching to "Diamond Mountain."
Sickles is in the process of expanding Emerson Lake to 18 holes. Two holes on the existing nine holes have been reconstructed, and the new nine holes are primed for completion.
"We're in business together," Sickles told the council. "Everything I've done out there I believe is the best for the golf course and the community. Changing the name I feel will just be another positive change."
Sickles said the existing nine holes will be named the "Emerson 9" and the new nine holes will be called the "Pines 9."
Sickles said naming the front nine after Emerson will help retain the history of Raleigh Emerson, who donated the land to the city in the 1950s to build the course. A monument will also be built to remember Emerson.
Councilmembers Rocky Joy, Mary Fahlen and Rod DeBoer said they were in favor of the name change. The issue most likely will be on tap for the council's approval at its next meeting.