The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe demonstrates strength in real estate transactions and membership in 2013

The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe, one of the nation’s most prestigious golf course communities, sustained positive momentum in 2013, adding 50 new club members and recording a 52 percent increase in real estate transactions within the gates of the community.

Ten new social memberships and 40 new golf memberships were sold last year, including seven national members, eligible to join at The Bridges because their primary residence is outside San Diego County. Among the new national members are residents of Boston, Northern California, Las Vegas, Palm Springs and Mexico City.

The Bridges also added five junior members in a special new category created exclusively for local golfers under the age of 40. Junior members are entitled to the same use privileges as equity golf members but with reduced monthly dues, commensurate with their age.

As of January 2014, there are only two equity golf memberships remaining to sell.

Within the gates of The Bridges, 30 real estate transactions closed escrow last year for a total sales volume of $87.3 million. In 2012, there were 21 closings valued at $57 million.

“Interest in living here and experiencing The Bridges lifestyle continues to grow thanks to our nationwide reputation for world class service and facilities,” said Ken Ayers, development director at The Bridges, who noted that it is not necessary to live at The Bridges in order to join the club.

This past summer, The Bridges completed a series of upgrades and improvements to its 6,965-yard championship course. During some of his off-season time, member Phil Mickelson lent his expertise to a redesigned chipping and practice area.

“The new chipping green matches USGA specifications and allows golfers of all capabilities to work on their short game,” said Ayers. “The expanded practice area offers both undulated and flat surfaced shots, additional targets and two new bunkers so players can practice shots reflective of those he or she will face on the course.”

Overlooking the golf course and surrounded by vineyards, the 36,000-square-foot clubhouse at The Bridges features architecture evocative of a Tuscan hill town. Renowned for its casual elegance, the club showcases a superior culinary arts and wine program with 11 unique menus in four dining facilities. Chef Chris Buffin creates seasonal menus showcasing just-picked produce from the club’s organic garden, while sommelier Mark Valin is available to help members with pairings and recommendations for their personal cellars.

Other family-oriented recreation facilities at The Bridges include world-class facilities for tennis and recreation, workout classes and personal training, as well as bocce and other court sports. A full calendar of events provides supervised activities for children and professionally staffed classes and outdoor adventures for all levels of membership.

For membership information, contact Gordon Cooke at 858-756-8055. Real estate inquiries should be directed to Bob Jackson at The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe Sales Company, 858-756-8700;