The Santaluz Club

The Santaluz Club provides members with an extraordinary lifestyle that fosters appreciation for relaxation and luxury. Inspired by authentic California ranch architecture from the 1920s and 1930s, the Santaluz Club sits watch on a hillside overlooking the views of Santaluz.
The Santaluz Club provides members with an extraordinary lifestyle that fosters appreciation for relaxation and luxury. Inspired by authentic California ranch architecture from the 1920s and 1930s, the Santaluz Club sits watch on a hillside overlooking the views of Santaluz. The private 18-hole Rees Jones championship golf course is enjoyed exclusively by golf members and their guests. Golf members also enjoy the numerous amenities of the 35,000-square-foot Santaluz Clubhouse and Spa. The Clubhouse features elegant dining in a casual setting, an award-winning golf shop, and amenity-rich men’s and ladies’ lounges. The private Spa at Santaluz captivates the senses with gardens, dramatic water features and indoor/outdoor treatment rooms.

The amenities of the 19,000-square-foot Hacienda are the centerpiece of the Santaluz Community and are included in both the Golf and Clubhouse & Spa Memberships. A Hacienda membership is also available to Santaluz property owners. The Hacienda is set just below the Santaluz Club and is host to an inspired selection of recreational activities. Adjoining a lush 11-acre Village Green, the Hacienda includes a casual coffee shop café and poolside grill; numerous outdoor lounging and conversation areas; a resort-like swimming pool; six tennis courts; fitness center and an indoor basketball court.

The programs at Camp Santaluz are appealing for all members with children 4 to 12 years of age.

A variety of other recreational and educational activities are offered within Santaluz throughout the year. These events include an annual Wine Festival in June, a Breast Cancer Fashion Show in October, the Member-Member Men’s Invitational in September, and the very popular Summer Music Festival, which has hosted artists such as Boz Skaggs, Huey Lewis and the News, and this year on July 12th it will be Kenny Loggins!

The Community

Santaluz is a model of innovative design with special care taken to protect the 3,800-acre community’s natural character and enhance the “Early California” setting. Named “Best Master-Planned Community in Southern California” by the Building Industry Association, Santaluz also received the Gold Nugget Award for “Best Land Plan” at the Pacific Coast Conference.

Santaluz is collaboration by an affiliate of DMB Associates, Inc. DMB’s name is synonymous with high-quality large-scale real estate development with projects that include DC Ranch, an 8,281-acre community in the foothills of the McDowell Mountains in Scottsdale; Ladera Ranch, a 4,000-acre community set within the historic Rancho Mission Viejo in California; Forest Highlands, an 1,100-acre private community with two Tom Weiskopf courses in the mountains of Flagstaff, Arizona; Lahontan, a private golf community in North Lake Tahoe, California; Glenwild, a 900-acre private community with a Tom Fazio course in Park City, Utah; Loch Lomond Golf Club in Scotland and Silverleaf, a Weiskopf design in the McDowell Mountains of Scottsdale, Arizona.

As a sponsor of this year’s US Open in June at Torrey Pines, DMB is offering an incredible US open package free for new golf members. The exclusive package will include: six days of access to the US Open Championship, VIP on-site hosted Hospitality Suite with catered food and refreshments, a two-day interclub golf event hosted at the Santaluz Club, a private dinner event with entertainment at San Diego’s celebrated Evan’s Garage, US Open logo apparel, and ground transportation (or parking passes) to and from the Santaluz Club & Torrey Pines! This is an exclusive opportunity for Santaluz Golf members and invited guests to share in a DMB sponsorship at the US Open at Torrey Pines. This is a once in lifetime experience as the US Open has never been in San Diego and this will be only the second time the US Open has ever visited Southern California!

The Course

At the center of Santaluz is the Rees Jones-designed, 250-acre Santaluz Golf Course, a championship course crafted in accordance with the contours of the land and designed to blend challenge with beauty in a setting unlike any other. The course is highlighted by vistas and panoramic coastal views, and framed by an award-winning native landscape. The Santaluz Golf Course appeals to the artist, adventurer, and nature-lover that hide inside every passionate golfer.

If I were to summarize my philosophy for golf course design, it would be this: To create an environment for the game of golf that is challenging, fair, and aesthetically pleasing. I would rather create a natural, classic course that blends with its surroundings than a course full of unnecessary gimmicks which discourage the average golfer.”

~ Rees Jones

Rees Jones designed the course with the intention of giving the golfer a concept as he stands over the ball. To achieve this, he elevated tees when possible, graded fairways and added bunkers, pockets and berms or mounds. He used naturally appearing features to help contain slightly errant shots and provide a variety of approach shots.

The site has a number of “signature holes” all diverse and memorable in their own way from which a golfer can watch his ball against a variety of contrasts. Jones worked closely with the landscape architecture firm Wimmer Yamada and Caughey to create a landscaping plan that complements the fairways and greens with a natural minimalist approach.

The Santluz golfing experience also pays homage to the finer points of the game with a staff steeped in golf tradition. Director of Golf James Swift and Head Golf Professional Calay Swift oversee every aspect of play with experienced eyes. The couple made the transition to Santaluz from their respective golf careers fashioned at Oakmont and Allegheny country Clubs- two of the country’s oldest and most revered private establishments. Their cultivated expertise enables them to fulfill the diverse range of personal preferences of The Santaluz Club members including personal instruction, tournament organization and junior clinics for families.

Hole #2

Santaluz is made up of one great hole after another, but one of the most fun, demanding, and tantalizing holes on the course is #2! From the back tees this hole plays 442 yards and faces west into the prevailing ocean breeze. The hole is a risk reward type and it forces you to make up your mind immediately. It is made up of two fairways which are created by a grass filled ravine carved through the length of the hole in the shape of a narrow “S”. The ravine is covered in long fescue grasses and rocks and is not a forgiving place to play from. The safest choice is the fairway to the right, playing down the right fairway the hole plays as a slight dogleg left. however longer than the route to the left. Along the left side of the right fairway there is long bunker running between the ravine and the fairway. And to the right of the fairway is the tall, thick fescue grass. The second shot from the right fairway can be difficult; you are faced with a green that has a bunker on the left and the ravine hazard area to the right. It doesn’t always look that intimidating, but into a slight breeze, and with the right side of the green working away from you, it can be easy to lose the shot to the right. The wise choice is to aim to the left side of the green regardless of the pin placement! Par is always a great score on this hole!

The riskier but more rewarding choice is down the left fairway which is the more direct route to the pin. The hole plays straight going down the left side, however, just to reach the left fairway it is a carry of 254 yards from the back tees (from the blue set of tees 230, white 213, gold and red 159 yards), and it is not very wide! This also includes carrying it over a bunker which protects the beginning and almost the entire right side of the fairway. To the left of the fairway is a hill or berm covered with long native grasses which have quite the appetite for golf balls. But if you are lucky enough to find the fairway the hole becomes much easier. You will be left with a short iron in, and possibly a chance for a birdie!

Luxury Home Showcase

This beautiful single-level early California style home sits on an acre lot, with partial ocean views, and offers 5 bedrooms and 7 bathrooms amongst its 6,800 square feet. Upon entering you are greeted with a vast 1500 sq. ft. flagstone courtyard. The home is perched above the 13th hole and provides impeccable golf course views from the back yard which has a private putting green, a custom fire pit, a 6-foot deep spa with waterfall and a 55 inch Viking BBQ. Designer Linda Johnson of Casa Bella handpicked details throughout the homes interior. Hand laid stone designs accent each end of the 100-foot main hallway. Travertine lined hallways and hardwood flooring in the living and family rooms complement 18-foot ceilings. Each of the 7 bathrooms has unique custom stone designs. Emphasizing an in home Spa experience, the Bainultra whirlpool bathtub accompanied by the rainfall shower in the master bathroom assures tranquility and relaxation. A temperature controlled wine room, and a kitchen equipped with Viking appliances provides a setting for exquisite gourmet dining. To provide ambience throughout the entire home an Adagio Audio System runs a 5-tuner High Definition Audio and Video distribution system using CAT 6 Cable. A fully outfitted Media Room has a 110-inch High Definition 1080p Sony Projector that is flanked on either side by 50″ plasma screen televisions, each with a separate HD Receiver. The Media Room is encased with “Quiet Board” that provides extra thick drywall for media rooms with acoustic sound treatment to ensure the best sound quality from the $20k Atlantic Technology 7.1 speaker system. This Theater System enables the components to provide a constant stream of audio and video to any monitor in the house through CAT 6 High Definition technology. Continuing the high standard of technology the Wood Paneled Office has a 45″ Sharp Aquos computer monitor that runs on 100 megabit internet connection with N-band wireless and a 24-port switch. The final complement has been paid to the epoxy checkerboard racing garage floor that showcases two fully restored Shelby Mustangs, a 1967 GT500 and a 1968 GT500kr Convertible, along with an immaculate 1968 Mercedes 280sl “Euro-Version”. This home is an elegant example of the vibrant and richly-textured way of life at Santaluz. For those who desire living the luxury golf lifestyle, Santaluz is an extraordinary coastal opportunity!

Written by Sharm Newbold and Patrick Brown

Broker Associates, Villa Sotheby’s

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