Year After Year Voted "THE BEST" of San Diego's Many Private Courses...
The Del Mar Country Club
Director of Golf
The Del Mar Country Club is one of the premier country clubs in Southern California. The club is privately owned by Madeleine Ann Pickens whose passion for golf was instilled in her by her father, Bill Baker. Mr. Baker, an Englishman and renowned golf course architect, built his first golf course in Kirkuk, Iraq. It was there that he cut down his clubs to fit 5 year old Madeleine in order to teach her the game of golf. Mr. Baker’s legacy of developing stunning courses throughout Europe indelibly shaped his daughter, Madeleine, into the golf enthusiast, business woman and philanthropist she is today.
Madeleine bought the Del Mar Country Club in 1993 with her late husband, Gulfstream Aerospace founder and owner Allen Paulson. Drawing from her father's mentoring and her European influences, she developed the golf course and its magnificent landscaping surrounding a 55,000 square foot castle-like Clubhouse. The breathtaking property quickly turned it into one of the finest country clubs in the country.
Madeleine shares the joy of the Country Club with her twin sister, Christine Mabee, who serves as the Club’s General Manager. The Del Mar Country Club is as special as its legacy and will continue its world class reputation for years to come.
Tucked away in a quiet, secluded valley of Rancho Santa Fe, the Joseph Lee designed golf course at Del Mar Country Club offers an exhilarating experience – one that members and their guests want to play again and again. Embracing the site’s natural beauty and surrounding terrain, the design encompasses breathtaking vistas, and an abundance of native flora and fauna.Ambling brooks, crystal lakes and cascading waterfalls wind their way through the 7,226-yard championship layout. The fairways and greens are noted for their impeccable maintenance, and Del Mar County Club is one of the only courses in the area that transitions from a summer Bermuda grass to a winter Rye, ensuring a perfect playing surface all year long. The course’s classic design featuring five sets of tees makes it playable for the average golfer, yet still challenging for the more advanced.
The Grand Del Mar Golf Club
Director of Golf
Basking in San Diego’s endless sunshine, The Grand Del Mar welcomes guests to a warm Mediterranean estate, replete with signature charm and Southern California style. Impeccable service delivers every Five-Star indulgence, including a championship Tom Fazio golf course, Five-Star spa, and exquisite dining.
With stunning Los Peñasquitos Canyon as his canvas, Tom Fazio created a masterpiece of dramatic elevations, diverse bunkering and lush fairways. Graced by Pacific breezes from the nearby coast, and awash with Southern California glow, The Grand Golf Club is San Diego’s premier golf resort.
Voted “Golf Course Architect of the Year” three years in a row by Golf Course News, Tom Fazio is renowned for his strong sense of environmental design and challenging-but-fair golf. Perhaps that’s why 14 of his designs made Golf Digest’s list of America’s 100 Greatest Golf Courses.
Thanks to San Diego’s renowned climate, you can play year-round on the private rolling greens. Learn one-on-one with PGA-certified instructors. Try the latest clubs, or simply relax in the handsome Clubhouse. This challenging and unforgettable experience is reserved exclusively for resort guests, Members and Villa owners of The Grand Del Mar luxury resort.