Berkeley Country Club
|Hunter (W)||74||6106 yards||76.5||136|
|Watson (W)||74||5736 yards||74.3||132|
|Ratcliff (W)||74||5125 yards||71.6||124|
|Vista M: 72.8/131||373||142||407||332||414||433||254||501||364||3220||542||337||201||427||421||351||483||177||344||3283||6503|
|Hunter M: 71.2/129 W: 76.5/136||349||134||393||320||367||423||231||471||340||3028||511||315||184||400||402||316||468||162||320||3078||6106|
|Watson M: 69.5/124 W: 74.3/132||332||116||387||310||313||415||223||458||304||2858||466||288||142||376||392||295||449||158||292||2858||5716|
|Watson/Ratcliff W: 71.8/125||266||116||319||218||313||415||223||390||304||2564||466||288||142||359||334||295||396||121||292||2693||5257|
|Ratcliff M: 66.8/121 W: 71.0/121||266||95||319||218||301||349||199||390||304||2441||448||288||142||359||334||272||396||121||292||2652||5093|
A name change nods to the past
The Mira Vista Golf & Country Club is no more. The private club located on a wildly rolling site in the Berkeley Hills is once again the Berkeley Country Club, its original name when it hosted the 1929 Berkeley Open won by Horton Smith (the first Masters winner).
The downhill holes are simply spectacular with views stretching for miles past the port of Oakland and into the San Francisco Bay. I felt like I was on a roller coaster ride - flying downhill one minute and then trudging painfully uphill the next. Because of these climbs, the course plays much longer than the card indicates. A 2011 renovation by Forrest Richardson solved one major routing issue (a par 3 over a road) and generally spruced things up. If you get a chance to play it, do it. Not only is it considered one of the Bay Area's hidden gems, but the members have earned a reputation as a friendly lot, something I can attest to after the hospitality at a fall media day event.
This course is completely under the radar! It is in great shape. It's a very entertaining couse to play! The par 5s are all reachable as well as a reachable par 4. The greens are awesome and roll very true. They are hard however, which helps protect the course from shooting lights out. The views have to be the best in the bay area and the membership cost is very manageable for a young professional/avid golfer. I don't regret joining one bit!
This is one of the best kept secrets in Northern California. The course is absolutely superb and a challenge for golfers of every ability from high handicappers to scratch golfers. One of the very few private clubs that is truly diverse and inclusive in every way, Mira Vista makes all players welcome and offers them a challenge Unllike anything else in California. The views are the finest I have ever seen on any golf course in the United States or the United Kingdom.
Great track to walk. Really like the redone greens. They rolled really true but were a little slower than they appear. Really like the changes they made giving new looks on some of the holes. Also thought the new black carts were a clean look.