The 9th hole of the BCC overlooks the bay, its islands and the Golden Gate Bridge. Photo credit: Berkeley Country Club
This story is brought to you by the Berkeley Country Club.
This summer, the famous Berkeley Country Club is officially celebrating its centenary. The club celebrates both its beautiful and challenging golf course and its 1920s Tudor-style clubhouse, which is available to both members and, for special events, the entire community.
Golf first …
Superbly guided over natural terrain and with breathtaking 360-degree views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate, Mt. Tamalpais and Wildcat Canyon, the golf course of the Berkeley Country Club, is unmatched in Northern California sports circles.
The 18-hole, par-72 course offers 6,508 yards of golf from the longest tees with an incline of 133 to ryegrass and deceptively difficult greens. Playable for all skill levels, the terrain offers no shortage of challenge and character, with the hills and old trees defining the layout and providing laps that have always been breathtaking and never get boring.
The club was planned by founder Robert Hunter, a professor at UC Berkeley, and 12 friends, with the help of renowned golf course designer William “Willie” Watson. They wanted to create a golf course and social club in the green hills not far from the UC campus, with a design that would rival the best golf courses in Scotland and Ireland. The clubhouse was designed by renowned Berkeley architect Walter Ratcliff Jr. and became the club’s social “hearth and home”.
The course underwent a major restoration in 2011 that garnered national praise and recognition, including the American Society of Golf Course Architects’ Award for Excellence.
A diverse and welcoming community
Please join the staff and members of BCC to celebrate the 100th anniversary celebration from August 3rd to 8th, 2021. Visit the BCC website for more information.
Although the Berkeley Country Club was a private club, it has always been a diverse and inclusive community with a variety of membership options ensuring it is accessible and welcome to people of all ages and life experiences. The advanced memberships are designed for people under 40 and their families to enjoy the club’s sporting and social amenities – including the golf course, driving range, chipping and putting green, fitness center and classic clubhouse restaurant and the bar – as they fully unfold equity membership.
Social Membership gives the family access to all the amenities of the club as well as a total of nine rounds of golf per year. All members receive invitations to numerous local tournaments and group events throughout the year and have exclusive access to member travel “behind the scenes” to golf destinations in the US and around the world.
Come for the view, stay for the party
In addition to an exceptional golf experience, the Berkeley Country Club is known for its five-star customer service and gourmet cuisine. In the Hunter Grill, seasonal farm-to-fork menus are presented daily using organic and sustainably harvested ingredients. The classic clubhouse bar is a popular place to have a drink and a bite to eat with friends before or after a round.
The Berkeley Country Club is also open to non-members for events with breathtaking views. Photo credit: Berkeley Country Club.
A popular venue for weddings, graduations, business meetings, and other group events, the Berkeley Country Club is the perfect place to bring families, friends, and colleagues together in a unique historic setting. Set against the club’s breathtaking views over San Francisco Bay, the BCC provides non-members with bespoke event planning services for groups of 25 to 300 people. The Bay Ballroom with its integrated dance floor can accommodate over 250 guests for a reception, while the Vista Deck provides a breathtaking backdrop for sit-down ceremonies for up to 200 people. Regardless of the occasion or the size of your party, BCC’s renowned catering and events team is ready to work with you to create an individual and unforgettable experience.
For great golf, great food, and great people, there really isn’t a place in East Bay like Berkeley Country Club. Welcome Home.
This story was written and paid for by the Berkeley Country Club.