First we learn that the 60-year-old Apple Valley Country Club is up for sale. Then there's a reminder that the tough economic times are forcing big changes locally when the Daily Press reports that the Hesperia Golf and Country Club is also looking for a buyer.


Talk about rough times.


In Apple Valley, the town is considering putting in a bid to purchase the historic club. While neither the governments of Apple Valley or Hesperia are in the business of saving golf courses from shutting down, Hesperia may be wise to follow Apple Valley and at least keep a keen eye on the future of the Hesperia Golf Course.


Like the Apple Valley facility, the Hesperia course has a unique and important history including hosting a PGA event many decades ago. Its potential closure would be a tragedy.


According to the report, owners of the Hesperia club, which also includes a number of neighboring residential lots, are seeking just over $4 million. While that may be a lot more coin than most of us have laying around, it doesn't sound high for such a historic facility.


Currently many golf course-area homeowners would have a tough time selling their homes for $350,000. In many areas in Southern California, a golf course area home might go for double, triple or quadruple that amount. But the local real estate market doesn't seem to have as much rhyme or reason to it. Some day, property near the golf course will sell at a premium, as it should. Being near the course should ensure the area's home values stays solid.


Keeping the Hesperia Country Club afloat isn't only important for Hesperia duffers, it's also imperative for the well-being of the city.