A Challenging Course Overlooking the Bay
The founding members envisioned an approachable yet challenging golf course, with a welcoming social scene and a commitment to the surrounding community. From the beginning, the Club would be closely associated with the University of California and its golf teams – a legacy that continues today – and a membership that has included a large number of Berkeley coaches, faculty and alumni.
The Club brought in renowned Bay Area architect Walter Ratcliff, Jr. to design the classic clubhouse, and legendary golf course architect William "Willie" Watson (Olympic Club) to help craft the course based largely on Hunter's design. Together they set to work to transform 160 acres of stunning natural terrain in the newly incorporated city of El Cerrito into a new Northern California golf and community destination.
Balanced atop the Berkeley hills with stunning panoramic views in every direction, the Berkeley Country Club has provided an unparalleled golf experience and fostered a welcoming member community for more than a century. The Par 72 course is beautifully routed and a perfect walk, and an award-winning renovation in 2011 restored vistas and incorporated water conservation and sustainability features to protect the natural landscape. The golf is challenging and never boring, with every hole designed to be thought-provoking and inspirational.