July 5, 2006 > Stonebrae Golf and Country Club
Stonebrae Golf and Country Club
by Biff Jones
A new championship golf course is currently under construction at the highest point in the east bay hills above the Cal State University East Bay campus in Hayward. The course is being designed by Scotsman David McLay Kidd who also designed the first course at Bandon Dunes in Oregon and is the architect of the new No. 7 (and probably last) course under construction at fabled St. Andrews in Scotland.
The course will be an 18-hole championship design of almost 7,300 yards commanding a par of either 71 or 72. The back 9 will feature three par 3's and three par 5's. Several of the tees and the driving range will be hitting toward the skyline of San Francisco and into the prevailing, summertime, north to northwesterly winds. However the winds appear not to be as strong here as compared to other Bay Area locations. The course offers golfers a panoramic view of San Francisco Bay on one side and Mount Diablo on another, while an occasional sighting of the red-tail hawk, wild turkey and deer may be a pleasant distraction for some of the "duffers" and "scratchers." Groundbreaking for the golf course occurred about two years ago with the first hole completed in October 2005. The scheduled opening for the course is late summer or early fall of 2007.
In addition to golf, Stonebrae will offer state-of-the-art workout facilities with a health spa, swimming pools and a tennis complex. The 30,000 square foot clubhouse is designed to include a world class restaurant, halls for banquets and conventions, and rooms for business meetings and conferences.
The private, gated community will have more than 570 new homes, four miles of trails, a new elementary school, grades K-6, accommodating about 650 students, and large playing fields. The newly-built school is the first in Hayward in 40 years and is scheduled to receive students this coming August/September 2006, though at reduced enrollment.
Very few of the new homes will be adjacent to the golf course as most of the 1600 plus acres will be devoted to open space for exploring, fishing, hiking, bicycling and horseback riding, along with the preservation of wildlife.
Stonebrae will be among a select group of new United States golf courses featured in a fall issue of Travel + Leisure Golf magazine.
The Golf and Country Club is located at the intersection of Hayward Boulevard and Fairview Avenue along the Walpert Ridge of the East Bay Hills, at 28760 Fairview Ave., Hayward, CA. 94542. Phone 510-728-7878. For more information on Stonebrae, go to their website at www.stonebrae.com.