The Southern California Golf Association (SCGA) celebrated Rancho Santa Fe’s golf course in its Summer 2014 issue of FORE Magazine. Author Tod Leonard featured the Ranch in the Classic Course column by reliving the course’s history and highlighting a recent revival.
Rancho Santa Fe’s golf history dates all the way back to 1937 when legendary entertainer Bing Crosby hosted his pro-am tournaments five consecutive years in the Covenant. Other than hosting the San Diego Open in 1954, the RSF Golf Club became low-profile and a well-kept secret for decades. However, it has become more open to the professional golfing world.
Rancho Santa Fe hosted the SCGA Championship in 2000, and the US Junior Amateur Championship in 2006 which included a young Rickie Fowler. The club is now an attraction for some of the all-time greats in sports and entertainment.
“They laugh now about the “Dark Ages” at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club. ¶ There were years — decades, really — when it seemed as though the majority of the club’s members wanted to drape a black cloak over the abundant eucalyptus trees on their classic 1920s layout and hide it from the rest of the world.”