The Richmond Country Club is a former four-time PGA Tour stop, and the first in America to invite African Americans to play in professional tournaments. They joined the likes of Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson, and Sam Snead, who won the 1945 Richmond Open with a 72-hole winning score of 283.
In the early 1950’s Richmond hosted the women’s professional tour with the best players of the era. 'Babe' Didrikson Zaharias won the first Richmond Ladies Open with a score of 224 after three rounds. Patty Berg won the second Women's Open in 1952, shooting 8-under par from the men’s tees, and set a women’s course record that stands to this day.
We began in 1924 as the Carquinez Golf Club. Our original pro shop was less than ten feet wide and twenty feet long. By 1927, we had grown to 300 members and built a clubhouse which still stands, today. Some of those early members flew their private planes to the golf course, and used used the 9th fairway as a runway.
In 1938 the club hired Pat Markovich, the assistant pro at San Francisco Golf Club, as Pro-manager. It was Mr. Markovich who changed our name from ‘Carquinez’ to ‘Richmond.’ And, it was he who attracted the professional tournaments, helping The Richmond Country Club become one of the San Francisco Bay region’s elite private clubs.
A painting of Mr. Markovich hangs in the clubhouse.
Now, as Richmond approaches its one-hundredth year, we attract members from San Francisco, the East Bay, Marin County, and beyond. Our diverse membership includes politicians, professional athletes, college golfers, doctors, judges, lawyers, and media personalities. We’re low-key, without pretense, and love golf along with our views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Bay Bridge, and Mount Tamalpais.