Golf

For over 100 years, Diablo Country Club has been a true test of golf and recognized as one of the most desirable courses to play in the San Francisco Bay area.

Originally designed by Jack Neville and William Watson, these men went from Diablo to projects creating Pebble Beach Golf Links and the courses at the Olympic Club.

The design, like most pre-WW1 courses, showcases well-bunkered, small greens and fairways lined with majestic Oak trees, whose ages are measured in hundreds of years. The course also features stunning countryside, including the Las Trampas Range and spectacular vistas of Mt. Diablo. Playing at a par 71, the course offers the Macdonald Smith Championship tee measuring 6,766 yards, a 73.8 rating and slope of 139. Diablo has served as host to Professional Exhibitions, the Northern California Open Championship, USGA Amateur Championship qualifiers and US Senior Open qualifiers.

The Course at Diablo Country Club is one of the best in Northern California with small demanding greens, tough par 3's and challenging bunkers. Included within the layout are five holes recognized as the best string of holes in the Bay Area. The course is well suited for both walkers and electric carts, and features views of the surrounding countryside, including spectacular vistas of the mountain once owned and cared for by the club and the membership, Mt. Diablo.




  • Course Flyover
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  • Scorecard
  • Hole-by-Hole
    • Optimism

      Par Four 

      William Watson chose to have the starting-hole tee box placed between the front of the 1881 Colton Ranch Clubhouse and the center of the 1917 Burgess Era Chalet.

      A blind shot over a ridge brings the golfer to a wide landing area, with an approach to an uphill welcoming green. From the top of the hill, the green complex is first visible, and said to be “among the most beautiful in all of California”.

  • Diablo Snack Shack
    • Macdonald Smith Drive

      In 1984, the Angus District Council in Scotland honored the memory of Macdonald Smith, the youngest and most successful of the Smiths of Carnoustie, with the dedication of Macdonald Smith Drive. The first Macdonald Smith Drive in the world, the entrance is 300 yards from the original Smith dwelling and ends at the railway tracks directly across from the ninth green and 10th tee box of the Carnoustie Championship Course, the links Macdonald's father tended as greenskeeper and on which Macdonald was weaned. Twenty-five years after the family's move to the U.S., Macdonald Smith set the Carnoustie course record of 71 during the Open Championship in July of 1931. 

      In 2014, Diablo Country Club honored the memory of the Smiths of Diablo, by dedicating a second Macdonald Smith Drive. The entrance is 1,000 yards from the Smith family cottage, leading to the Jack Neville Snack Shack located between the ninth green and 10th tee box. The course of his comeback in 1920, Diablo was originally constructed and cared for by his father for over 20 years. Macdonald Smith set the course record of 65 at Diablo in 1931, while readying for the Open Championship of 1931 held at Carnoustie.

      The Neville Halfway House

      Located between the fourth, ninth and 15th greens, the Neville Snack Bar has been welcoming golfers as they make their rounds for six decades.

      A namesake tribute to Charter Member and original course designer, Jack Neville, the facility features a bronze plaque dedicated to the notable accomplishments of this five-time California State Amateur Champion.

      The rooftop cupola, restored from the original Workman's Barn, circa 1881, celebrates the equestrian beginnings of the Club and is visible from 16 of the 18 holes of the golf course. Its commemorative address is 2014 Macdonald Smith Drive.

  • Course Record
      • 34 - Macdonald Smith, until 1925

      • 67 - Arthur Whiting, 1925

      • 66 - Arthur Whiting, 1930

      • 66 - Macdonald Smith, 1931 (t)

      • 65 - Macdonald Smith, 1931 (c)

      • 65 - Arthur Whiting, 1931 (c)

      • 65 - Charley Sheppard, 1937

      • 65 - Stuart Hawley Jr., 1940

      • 65 - Ken Venturi, 1957 (t) Feb.

      • 65 - Bob Harris, 1957 (t)

      • 65 - Ken Venturi, 1957 (t) Nov.

      • 63 - George "Bud" Shank, 1959

      • 63 - Tony Lema, 1959 (c)

      • 63 - John Jurus, 1959 (c)

      • 63 - Bill Helfrich Jr., 1960

      • 62 - George "Bud" Shank, 1963

      • 62 - Geoff Gonzalez, 2007

      • 62 - Geoff Gonzalez, 2009

      • 62 - Justin Pagila, 2013 (t)


      (t) Tournament     (c) circa

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Diablo, CA 94528
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