The town of Danville, California is home to two of the most prestigious, privately funded country clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area: Blackhawk Country Club and Crow Canyon Country Club. Both clubs are located in the San Ramon Valley and the golf courses are set in amongst the rolling foothills beneath Mt. Diablo. With a yearly median family income of over $145,000, anyone lucky enough to get a tee time at one of these magnificent private courses is truly in for a golfer’s
Blackhawk Country Club
Located at 599 Blackhawk Club Dr, Danville, CA 94506, (925)736-6550
Each year in September, Blackhawk Country Club plays host to the CVS Pharmacy Challenge (Formerly the Longs Drugs Challenge), one of the most popular stops on the women’s LPGA golf tour. This year’s winner (2009), Sophie Gustafson (-20), defeated Player of the Year contender Lorena Ochoa by four strokes, and edged out a very deep field of player’s including local-favorite Paula Creamer of Pleasanton, and fellow Ryder Cupper’s Natalie Gulbis, Christina Kim, Morgan Pressel, and Julie Inkster. Blackhawk Country Club consists of two remarkable golf courses.
The Lakeside course was originally designed by Bruce Devlin and Robert Van Hagge. The Lakeside course plays to a par of 72 @ 6835 yards from the black tees. It has a slope of 138 and a course rating of 73.9. The Lakeside course was designed to make the most of its natural terrain, highlighted by its elevated tees and many water features and hazards. The 18th green is enormous at 10,000 square feet and is surrounded by a 4-acre lake, and is very reminiscent of the infamous 17th “Island Green” found at TPC Sawgrass. Course Record 64 by Jeong Jang
The Falls course, designed by Ted Robinson, Sr., also plays to a par of 72 @ 6738 yards, carries a slope of 136 and a course rating of 73.1. The Falls course is a combination of challenge and beauty featuring five lakes, magnificent views of the San Ramon Valley, and a spectacular waterfall backdrop to the second green. Course Record 62 by Gundy Jones.
Crow Canyon Country Club
Located at 711 Silver Lake Dr, Danville, CA 94526 (925)735-5700
Crow Canyon Country Club is a family oriented Club that consists of 18-holes spread out over 6,052 yards and plays to a par of 69. It has a slope of 128 and a course rating of 69.3. This course was also designed by renowned California golf course architect Ted Robinson. Along with the Falls course at Blackhawk CC, Robinson’s resume of local courses includes Canyon Lakes Golf Course, both courses at the Brentwood Golf Club, Discovery Bay Country Club, and FountainGrove in Santa Rosa.
The Crow Canyon Country Club also serves as a great venue to host a variety of events and weddings. Crow Canyon Country Club offers a wide variety of services, from catering to music, which helps it stand out amongst other event venues. Course Record 61 by Garret Larson.