When a golf course has challenged the likes of Tiger Woods, Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Ernie Els in epic golf “battles” on international television, not everyone can picture that clubhouse as a casual daily gathering place for friends and family. Nor might you imagine that course as a place where grins and handshakes after the final putt mean more than any scorecard.
But that warm neighborly camaraderie is the very reason The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe has experienced a recent surge in new members that has brought the Club close to completing its goal of selling all available equity memberships.
“We’re down to our final 10,” said The Bridges General Manager Sean McCune. “Our members have created a welcoming atmosphere here and put the word out that few golf clubs can match our friendliness, facilities, and service. We’re attracting new members not just from the Ranch but also from major urban centers in the U.S. and the world. In the last few months, The Bridges has welcomed new members who moved to San Diego from Toronto and Mexico City, as well as Miami and Dallas.”
Combined with one of the best climates in the world, and a classic golf beauty that can only be carved from a land of deep canyons and bold hills near the ocean, The Bridges at Rancho Santa Fe has built its reputation as a pinnacle golf experience. Recently Golf Digest honored it with a 2013/2014 “Best in State” ranking, placing it as the top golf venue in San Diego.
Yet this excellence hasn’t altered the daily golf experience for members who wish to play whenever they want, primarily because The Bridges has kept a tight limit on memberships so that walk-on play is not an issue.
“And because of our level of privacy, and perhaps the best practice area imaginable, some of the game’s most notable players come to The Bridges to work on their games,” said Director of Golf Steve Wilson.
Members also enjoy giving back to the game. Their own sons and daughters hone their game here, and last month The Bridges hosted the American Junior Golf Association’s (AJGA) 2013 Wyndham Cup, an annual competition that attracted the nation’s top 40 junior golfers in an east-versus-west team match-play tournament. Players, their families, and tournament officials enjoyed four days of friendly competition and mixing with residents and members of The Bridges.
In addition to the last 10 Equity Golf memberships, The Bridges offers a limited number of Social and National memberships, as well as the new category of Junior membership for those under the age of 40. “All of these complementary categories are enjoying robust growth as well,” noted McCune.
For membership information, contact Gordon Cooke at 858-756-8055.