The Orinda Country Club's golf course, designed by visionary Willie Watson in 1924, shows the restraint of a minimalist design, built in the Golden Age of course architecture. With a nod toward the Old Course, St. Andrews in respecting the natural open spaces and native fescue grasses, the course also provides the challenge of its peer courses such as Olympic and Interlachen for its slope rating.
Eighty-six years and generations of golfers later, the course remains much the same. The dedicated Greens staff and Golf Operations committee strive to maintain the original integrity of the course, relying on natural hazards rather than artificially constructed troublemakers: its five doglegs, narrow, tree-lined sloping fairways, and blind spots make it particularly challenging. Majestic Oaks line the fairways and guard the greens, groupings of Sequoias lend their quiet strength as wind breakers on a blustery day, and babbling creeks serve a magnets for errant tee shots. The course bends around the base of hills and extends up the canyons toward the Clubhouse. Beautiful, yet demanding.
Rich in tradition with stories from when Clint Eastwood was a caddie here growing up in the East Bay, and with visits from Byron Nelson, Bobby Jones, Jack Benny, Bob Hope, and other golf legends. Consider, too, the numerous young athletes who have gone on to play as LPGA and PGA professionals. We look forward to sharing our rich history with you.