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Diablo Country Club

Before and After


Club History

In 1915, 23-year-old two-time California Amateur Champion Jack Neville designed his first golf course, creating the original nine holes at Diablo. In 1920, designer William Watson, one of California's most successful and prolific golf course architects in this Golden Age of golf course design, created the second nine at Diablo, crafting most of Neville's original holes into this new 18-hole course.  The original masterful routing has remained as it always has been, so members today can experience playing this historic gem in the way it was intended, over a century ago.

Renovation-Restoration Details

  • Fully renovated new green and green surrounds, resurfaced to latest improved Bentgrass

  • Greens restored to original sizes restoring lost hole locations

  • All other turf converted to drought-tolerant Bermudagrass

  • Overall turf area reduced by more than 35 acres and converted to fescue and native grasses

  • All bunkers reshaped with most restored to their original locations 

  • All tees re-built to a more natural shape and contours as originally designed

  • Watson's intricate system of swales and natural creeks restored throughout the course

  • Irrigation system replaced with state-of-the-art new design

Awards & Recognition

  • 2021 Renovation of the Year - Golf Inc. 1st Place Private Clubs

  • Best Golf Courses in California (2022-23) – Top 35 – Golf Magazine

  • 50 Best Golf Courses in the West (2022-23) – Golf Magazine

  • SGCA Environmental Excellence Award

""This project  provides the Club with the infrastructure and agronomic conditions that will position the golf course well into the future, as well as allowing us to significantly reduce water consumption."


Ryan Nicholson, Golf Course Superintendent

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