A History of Diversity and Inclusion
The Berkeley Country Club was one of the first private clubs to welcome members historically excluded from other clubs of the time, and it continues to be among the most ethnically and economically diverse in the Bay Area, actively encouraging minorities, women and the LGBTQ community to join. The Equity membership tier extends the Club's amenities to both children and grandchildren to foster a love for the game among the next generation, while the Ratcliff-designed Tudor-style clubhouse and ballroom is a popular local venue for charitable events, weddings and fundraisers.
And the staff is very much reflective of the Club's original ethos of excellence, access, and innovation, including experienced management, three golf pros, and acclaimed food and beverage and member services teams. The Club offers a variety of well-priced membership options, including full golfing and social privileges tailored to young adults and families.
"The golf course is breathtaking in so many ways, but ultimately it's the diverse membership, talented staff and shared love of the game that makes this place unique," says long-time member and Past President Richard Pettler. "We are definitely not your typical country club, but more like a club you would find in the British Isles. No pretense; just great golf, good food and drink, and enjoyable company." Just as Robert Hunter and the co-founders intended.
Since COVID-19 disrupted its 100th anniversary celebration in 2020, the Berkeley Country Club will mark its centennial August 3-8, 2021 with a week-long series of events for both members and the public.