Since the 1960’s, the manicured grass, majestic trees and welcoming facilities of the Escondido Country Club have provided beauty and value to create one of the most treasured neighborhoods in Escondido.

In August 2013, the Escondido City Council unanimously declared the 110 acres of land as a dedicated open space.  In November 2014, the land owner, a Beverly Hills developer who wanted to build a massive housing development on the property, was shot down by Escondido voters in a 61% land-slide, declaring that Escondido does not want a 430 unit housing development.

Now entering Phase 3 of our journey, determining how the land will be used.  For more information, please email:

Thank you for taking the time to help build a better Escondido.


A Message from ECCHO

Saturday, June 10, 2017
Dear ECCHO Supporters,
I would like to pass along some information that I received from a community leader in Camarillo which is north of LA.
The 180 acre Camarillo Springs golf course property was bought by a Beverly Hills-based attorney and real estate developer who has hired New Urban West Inc.(NUWI), the Santa Monica Developer.
The community leader was inquiring about NUWI actions and what they were telling the Escondido Country Club Community. It appears that they are saying and doing the same thing in each community.
NUWI is trying to divide their community with a group who support their plans mainly because NUWI is making familiar promises and those who oppose the community leader's group and who are against a massive housing development. According to the Camirillo Acorn paper, NUWI is trying to do a general plan amendment that was originally denied by the council in January, 2017.
NUWI is holding meetings with small groups and apparently are indicating that they will seriously look at a 9 hole golf course, the new houses will be 50' - 100' away from existing houses, there will be a club house with amenities, the new houses will be one story and will not block existing views. Doesn't that all sound familiar. NUWI is trying to divide and conquer both in Camarillo, Escondido and most likely elsewhere.
I found it so eerily similar that NUWI and the property owners are trying to Bully and Intimidate other communities in the same way they are doing it in the Escondido Country Club community. They are working together to destroy communities with massive housing projects with a total disregard to the communities where they purchase the properties.
I know there are some in the Escondido Country Club Community who support NUWI but they have to ask themselves "Does NUWI really care about our community?"
ECCHO simply wants to see a reasonable, responsible project that preserves the benefit of some open space and enhances our community.
Mike Slater
ECCHO President
p.s. - For ECCHO yard signs, please send a request to the above email address.

A few messages from ECCHO

Saturday, May 13, 2017

Mayor Abed’s Town Hall Meeting

Date:                Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Start Time:       4:00 PM

End Time:        5:00 PM


Council Chambers

201 North Broadway
Escondido, CA 92025-2798

Unlike the regular City Council meetings where Mayor Abed and other members of the council cannot answer questions, during a town hall the Mayor will respond to all questions asked of him.  Let’s get out to this event and ask the Mayor where he stands on the proposed, “The Villages” development currently being processed in the City. Will he support what the majority of people in ECC want?  Let’s tell him that 392 houses are too many!   See you at the town hall.

ECCHO wants to see a reasonable, responsible project that preserves the benefit of open space.



You’ve seen the handful of signs in our neighborhood from a group called ROCC – Restore Our Country Club.  They are supporting the proposal of 392 houses being crammed into our neighborhood.




Thursday, April 20, 2017

On March 16, 2017 New Urban West Inc. resubmitted plans to the City of Escondido for 392 dwelling units. New Urban West Inc. along with the property owner continues to show a lack of respect for the property rights of the existing Escondido Country Club area homeowners. The insistence of a Massive Housing Project with 392 dwelling units crammed into the community is a total disregard for the defeat of Proposition H by over 61% of the Escondido voters.

The ECCHO Board will discuss the environmental impact report (EIR) process, public review and time lines. The actions the community will be able to take during this process with the City Planning Department, City Council and Planning Commission. To explain how you can help with future actions in a responsible manner, you are invited to join ECCHO’s Board of Directors and our City Councilman John Masson for a community meeting.

Where: The Life Church 1001 West Country Club Lane Escondido, CA 92026

When: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 at 5:45 PM

ECCHO looks forward to seeing you there.

Escondido Country Club Homeowners Organization 

Colleen Stricker

Monday, April 17, 2017

We received word this weekend of the passing of our dear friend and neighbor, Colleen Stricker on April 11th 2017.  Colleen was a former member of the ECCHO Board of Directors, and was devoted to our cause of a project in keeping with historic nature of our neighborhood.  Colleen contributed to the board with her gift of writing and her ability to communicate effectively with everyone.  She will be missed.

Donations to the American Cancer Society can be made in Colleen's name in lieu of flowers.

ECCHO Public Statement

Thursday, April 13, 2017

ECCHO Public Statement

Supporters of New Urban West and Michael Schlesinger claim that ECCHO wants nothing but a golf course on the Country Club site. That claim is a falsehood. The lie is intended to make the community appear stubborn in pursuit of an inflexible demand. The opposite is true.

Certainly, ECCHO regrets the loss of the golf course as an open space asset. And, it's true that ECCHO opposes the dreadful specter of 392 houses being crammed into the neighborhood. But ECCHO's opposition is not based upon a demand for an 18-hole golf course. ECCHO simply wants to see a reasonable, responsible project that preserves the benefit of some open space. In fact, ECCHO paid for an initial study that suggested the housing density had to be capped at 158 units. Completion of that study by residents in the area suggested a cap of 137 units.

ECCHO's purpose is not to revive the original golf course. Rather, its goal is to promote the preservation of open space and recreational assets in a project that will enhance the neighborhood.

Mike Slater,
ECCHO President



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