The incredible thing about the Del Mar Country Club is that it has a bit of everything. From the jaw-dropping championship course (named “Best Private Course” by Ranch & Coast magazine) to the half-dozen U.S. Open-style tennis courts, junior Olympic pool, and children's playground… However you like to unwind, you can do it at the Del Mar Country Club. It’s no wonder that this club and the surrounding gated community, patrolled by guards 24-7, is widely considered one of the premier communities in Southern California.
Designed by famed course architect Joseph Lee, Del Mar Country Club’s golf course is the best of the best. Spanning five unique tee settings, the Del Mar course winds around babbling brooks and waterfalls and along the shores of several sublime lakes, not to mention the flawless surfaces. The course is well-known for its “No Tee Time” policy, allowing members to play whenever they want, without registering for tee times. The world-class facilities include a pro shop, regular tournaments, and extensive practice amenities, including a double-sided driving range.
But membership at the Del Mar Country Club goes far beyond golf. You’ll have access to six tennis courts—complete with clinics, socials, league play, camps, and both private and semi-private instruction—pickleball courts, a Junior Olympic-sized swimming pool, a kid's playground area, and more. The club is also home to two state-of-the-art fitness centers, open seven days a week year-round for members, like the rest of the facilities. Just a short drive away you’ll find the incredible beach towns of Del Mar and Solana Beach, with all the best shopping, dining, and natural spaces SoCal has to offer. Meanwhile, the world-renowned Del Mar Thoroughbred Club is practically at your doorstep—so equestrians will be in paradise here.
The Del Mar Country Club also houses great dining options, at the 19th Hole and Safari Club restaurants. These two elegant culinary institutions overlooking the championship golf course serve organic, free-range chicken and all-natural beef, pork, and lamb—all fed a vegetarian diet and raised without hormones or antibiotics—and all the fish served there is sustainably caught, too. In addition, most of the fresh, natural fruits and veggies are grown in the Club’s very own organic garden!
The regal 55,000-square-foot clubhouse hosts a bustling social calendar throughout the year, with myriad wine tastings and parties, and members can also put the clubhouse to use for their own events. Several venues on the grounds house anywhere from 10 to 300 guests, making the Del Mar Country Club an excellent venue for weddings, galas, reunions, business conventions, and more.
The Club sponsors a variety of charities through its owner, philanthropist Madeleine Anne Pickens (the daughter of course architect Bill Baker). Past organizations include USO, Freedom is Not Free/Wounded Warrior Foundation, Special Operations Forces (SOF) Foundation Support, SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation, The Blue Angels, and The Flying Leathernecks. Pickens also founded “Saving America's Mustangs” building the eco-reserve “Mustang Monument” in the process. Among other charitable initiatives, the Club also works to provide enriching retirements for military working dogs.
For families who chose to call the surrounding Del Mar Country Club Estates neighborhood home, a number of outstanding educational facilities, both public and private, are on the table. These include both public schools—Solana Santa Fe Elementary, Earl Warren Middle School, Torrey Pines High School—and private schools—San Dieguito Academy, Canyon Crest Academy, Cathedral Catholic High School, Cal Coast Academy, Del Mar Pines School, The Nativity School, Horizon Prep, Santa Fe Christian School, High Bluff Academy, Fusion Academy, and San Diego Jewish Academy.
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