The nonprofit Trust for Public Land has signed an agreement to acquire the 157-acre San Geronimo Golf Course for $8.85 million with plans to transfer ownership to Marin County.

The county announcement stated that Marin County Parks’ goal would be to save the property from future bids for commercial development and restore its extensive natural habitat into a greenbelt linking the San Geronimo Valley’s rural villages.

Media reports indicated some of the current owners of 18-hole golf course wanted to sell and that a sale to a developer had fallen through. Tuesday’s announcement stated if the sale to the trust goes through, the course would become open space or a park and its structures and facilities there would be put to “community uses.”.

The county’s decision to acquire the property would be considered at a future meeting and would require the Marin County Board of Supervisors’ approval in an open public session. The Trust for Public Land agreement does not commit the county to purchase the property, the announcement stated.

The announcement quoted District 4 Supervisor Dennis Rodoni, who represents the San Geronimo area.

“The parcel buffers the villages of Woodacre, San Geronimo, and Forest Knolls, preserving their identity and rural character. We have big hopes that the potential purchase of this property could be a win-win-win, where the fish, the valley’s residents, and the people of Marin all secure a brighter future in line with our shared values and way of life.”

The San Francisco-based Trust for Public Land and the county are seeking a partner who can continue operating the golf course and clubhouse through fall 2019. In the meantime, volunteers would continue accessing the adjacent community garden, which may be expanded over time in coordination with the larger restoration effort.

The Trust for Public Land was founded in Marin County more than 45 years ago and creates parks and protects land for people, ensuring healthy, livable communities for generations to come. Millions of people live near a Trust for Public Land park, garden, or natural area, and millions more visit these sites every year.