There are few moments in life as important as your wedding day. And Mira Vista provides the perfect setting to celebrate your love. With sweeping views of the Bay Area, the surrondings will highlight the joy of the occasion. The ceremony itself can either be performed inside in the Vista Room, which features a fifteen-foot high crested bay window for the backdrop, or outside on our newly constructed Vista deck, with a vast panorama that stretches from Emeryville to San Francisco and all the way north to the San Rafael Bridge (opened Sept. 2009). And once the vows have been taken, you can celebrate in one of our beautiful banquet rooms, all with rich wood paneling and flooring, vaulted ceilings, and huge working fireplaces that evoke the glamour of bygone days.
To complement the romantic ambiance, Mira Vista also provides world-class cuisine. We are also happy to make special arrangements for groups with particular dietary needs and preferences. Mira Vista is just 20 minutes from downtown San Francisco and yet when you are up here, you feel like you’re on top of the world.
The origins of Mira Vista reflect the same spirit that imbues the Club today: a group of friends and golf lovers wanting a great place to play golf and relax. There were thirteen of them at the first official meeting of “The Berkeley Country Club” as it was called back then. They met on-site at the University of California, Berkeley sometime in early 1920 to plan out their vision.
The group found a property with breathtaking views of San Francisco and the surrounding area and turned to the gifted pairing of Robert Hunter and Willie Watson (architect of the Olympic Club) to design the layout.
Robert Hunter, a fine amateur golfer, was a founding Club member and head of the Greens Committee. While Watson was initially identified as architect of record, we now know it was Hunter, not Watson, who was principally responsible for the course design. By the mid-1920′s, Hunter had formed a successful partnership with Alister MacKenzie that saw the two of them collaborate on such notable courses as Cypress Point, Meadow Club, Monterey Peninsula, and the Valley Club of Montecito.
Hunter’s book, The Links, was first published in 1926. Nearly 90 years later it remains in print and is highly regarded as an important seminal work on golf course design.
Walter Ratcliff Jr., a prominent Bay Area architect, was selected to design the Club’s magnificent English Tudor-style clubhouse and ballroom addition. It has remained substantially unaltered albeit updated and restored in 2002.
The Club suffered financial difficulties following the Great Depression. During World War II membership dropped to 100 and other entities had visions for the property. After much consideration, the Club was reorganized and adopted its current name, Mira Vista Golf and Country Club.
In 2011 the course underwent a complete restoration by Forrest Richardson & Associates. This included the installation of bent grass greens, the addition of 15 bunkers lost over time, tree removal, creek restoration, tee work, and a state of the art maintenance facility. The restoration received national recognition including the first ever Award for Excellence from the prestigious American Golf Architects Association.
The “new” Mira Vista remains a testament to the Golden Age of Golf in America and the vision of two legendary golf architects, Robert Hunter and Willie Watson. Challenging yet playable for all skill levels, Mira Vista is back and ready to delight a new generation of Bay Area golfers.