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Club History


Diablo Country Club B


One hundred years ago this June, Robert Noble Burgess founded a country club at the foot of Mt. Diablo. His vision was to create “A Community Built With an Ideal.”


Diablo has hosted


professional exhibitions, the Northern California


Open Championship, USGA Amateur Championship qualifi ers and U.S. Senior Open qualifi ers.


urgess certainly had an eye for talent. He found the future archi- tects of Pebble Beach


and Olympic Club to build a world-class golf course on a property that included orchards, community gar- dens, chalets, the Red Horse Tavern, a dairy, a stock farm and a post offi ce. The unique community


in Diablo—just outside Danville—was served by an electric rail that ran 28 miles west to the Berkeley pier. Still years away from designing his seminal piece of work at Pebble Beach, the 23-year-old Jack Neville


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had the fi rst crack at Diablo Country Club. Neville used the natu-


ral valleys, existing grassy hollows, and centuries old oak trees as natural hazards. Small, challenging greens with tee boxes just steps away from the previous hole are reminders of how the game used to be played. Nine holes were complet-


ed in 1915, but the second nine were delayed to sup- port the ongoing war effort. Neville’s design for Nos. 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 16, 17 and 18 play very similar to this day, a last- ing tribute to his early genius. Neville was awarded a charter


membership for his lasting contributions to the club, while the Jack Neville Snack Shack is visible from 16 of the 18 holes, and welcomes players after Nos. 4, 9 and 15. After World War I, Diablo


continued construction of the course. William Watson, an accomplished golf course architect by trade, was asked to fi nish the 18-hole design. Watson’s works included Minikahda in Minneapolis, the site of the 1916 U.S. Open. Under Watson’s direction,


Diablo’s opening hole was rerouted, while the nine addi- tional holes used many of the same natural elements Neville


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