As legend has it, this is Diablo. Our spark belongs to visionary Robert Noble Burgess, who tapped two legendary architects to shape that vision. Jack Neville and William Watson would go on to add Pebble Beach and The Olympic Club to their repertoire – but not before bending this masterpiece around rolling hills and ranchland.
Experienced strikers and first-time players have since been drawn to the compelling links-style play of the Scottish coast and our own region’s unique environment that distinguish and define our layout. Many others, including celebrities, U.S. Presidents, and PGA greats followed in good time.
The new golden age has a familiar stage by way of an award-winning renovation. From the 1st tee to the iconic fairway oak on 18, Diablo’s weaving route has never played more seamless, sustainable, and dramatic. Drive from reshaped, laser-leveled tees onto widened fairways that invite varied approach strategies. Unlock short game techniques in new short-cut chipping areas before tracing the lines of legends on greens resized to opening day. Escape from completely rebuilt bunkers and admire – from a club-length – native tree plantings for a deeper immersion.
This is a singular experience shared by everyone who plays here…and now word is out that our course has been ranked #18 in the “Best Courses In California” list and one of the “50 Best In The West” by GOLF Magazine.
A grand outing shared often. Diablo’s Junior Golf Academy tees the game up early and culminates in The Elite Program for teens chasing collegiate dreams. More seasoned pinseekers enjoy the Seniors Golf Group for its active offering of home and away outings. Ladies enjoy a weekly Holy Niners roundup and the prestigious 18-hole Diablo Women’s Golf Group of Bay Area renown, while Couples Tournaments throughout the year put a fun spin on partner play.
PGA instruction comes with the territory. Course insights, group clinics, personal instruction – all informed by development of expertise and the most modern technology in the game. Our commitment to player improvement will find you training at the highest level and carding your lowest scores yet.
Charismatic entrepreneur Robert Noble Burgess purchases Oakwood Park Stock Farm, previously owned by the Big Four, and sets into motion a swank summer resort for San Francisco’s finest.
The first nine holes are completed. After delays to support the ongoing war effort, Neville and Watson complete Diablo’s legendary layout.
Four trains dubbed the Millionaire Special steam towards Mount Diablo with more than 600 prospects and families, as the local papers report.
San Franciscan Ken Venturi ties Macdonald Smith’s course record of 65 in his first professional win. The PGA names him Rookie of the Year and he nets over $19,000 in prize money.