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Elevation changes are the hallmark of the The Crosby and golfers get a bird’s eye view of a number of greens from tee boxes set high in the sky. The highest point on the course is the tee box on the fifth hole, a 423-yard par 4 that offers sweeping views of the property while luck will figure out what club will keep the ball in a fairway that curves to the right nearly 200 feet below.
Four of the course’s par 3s also play downhill, epitomized by the 174-yard 11th hole with its dramatic red rocks and abandoned mine shaft framing a tiny green. The longest par 3 at The Crosby is the 13th hole at 240 yards. Its inviting green sits approximately 100 feet below the tee box. The course’s only par 3 that doesn’t play downhill is the 183-yard 8th hole which features a three-tiered green set into a natural amphitheater of rock formations with a steep ravine full of native chaparral in front.
The entire layout is dramatic, yet fairways are generous and elevation changes and distance between greens and tee boxes make each hole a picturesque experience. The North County San Diego region’s serenity lends itself to a relaxing atmosphere that helps to create golf experiences that continue to challenge and inspire year after year.
Golf: $40,000 initiation fee and $800 per month dues - Corporate Golf: $100,000 initiation fee and $800 monthly dues for each of the three designees National Golf: $50,000 initiation fee and $400 monthly dues (National Golf Members must reside at least 200 miles from the Club and gold privileges are restricted to 32 rounds per year.)
Sports: $15,000 initiation fee and $300 per month dues. (Sports Membership include access to 8 tee times a year, fitness center, pool, spa, all dinning facilities, and social functions)
Social: $8,500 initiation fee. Social Memeberships have no monthly dues, however, there is a monthly food and beverage minimun of $150 excluding wine sales.
All of the above membership classifications extend privileges to the member, spouse, and children who reside at home, are enrolled in school, and are younger than 24 years old
Crosby was a member at Lakeside Golf Club in Hollywood and won the club championship on five occasions. Among his career highlights was a hole-in-one on the 16th hole at Cypress Point, the famous Pacific-fronted hole where Ben Hogan used to lay up and hope to get up-and-down for par.
One of his major contributions to golf came in 1937 when he founded the Bing Crosby Pro-Am, most commonly referred to as the Crosby Clambake. Crosby drew the game's greats to the West Coast to play in the event, which was won by the likes of Sam Snead, Ben Hogan, Byron Nelson and Jimmy Demaret -- four faces that belong on golf's Mount Rushmore. The tournament began at Rancho Santa Fe Country Club in the San Diego area and moved to the Monterey Peninsula after World War II, where it endures today as the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am. First televised in 1957, today millions of viewers tune in for the pleasure of seeing the scenery from the Pebble Beach area.
Crosby once said, "If I were asked what single thing has given me the most gratification in my long and sometimes pedestrian career, I think I would have to say it is this tournament."
Crosby even accepted an invitation to serve as a reporter during the 1958 Masters. He was hired as a stringer for the week by Atlanta Journal Sports Editor Furman Bisher, himself the greatest writer/columnist to ever come from the South. Bisher told Crosby to grab his pipe and walk around Augusta National, watch the players and make some notes about what he saw.
Crosby took his assignment seriously and turned in his work. Bisher, now 93 and still writing columns, has the hand-written notes from his special golf analyst. In one place Crosby wrote, "I like the looks of this Palmer kid." Nice call.
Ironically, it was Crosby and Palmer who would each help popularize the game. Oddly enough, the Clambake was one of the few events that Palmer never won. He was runner-up there twice, losing to Don Massengale by one stroke in 1966 and losing to Tom Shaw by two shots in 1971.
In 1977, Crosby died doing what loved the most. He died while playing golf in Madrid, having just finished a round with Spanish pro Manuel Pinero. His wife, Kathryn, remarked, "What an appropriate way for a golfer who sang for a living to leave this earth." A year later he was inducted in the World Golf Hall of Fame for his contributions to the game.
So when you're planning the holiday viewing schedule and set aside a couple of hours to watch "White Christmas," don't forget the role that Bing Crosby played in bringing golf into your living room. As he croons in another wonderful song, it's another way you'll be "Counting Your Blessings" this time of year.
Davidson Communities is proud to announce the future opening of Arista at The Crosby, in Rancho Santa Fe . Davidson Communities 43 home sites will offer canyon and golf course views and will accommodate both single- and two-story residences. The Crosby is a gated community located just east of the Village of Rancho Santa Fe and is comprised of 70 villas, 281 custom-quality homes and 70 estate home sites surrounded by an 18-hole private golf course.
The Davidson team is now focused on final design embellishments to plans created by Bassenian/Lagoni Architects. We welcome you to join our Interest List so that the folks at Davidson Communities can keep you informed as we move closer to our Grand Opening in early Spring 2012. Be the first in line when the doors to the newest homes from Davidson are released to the public here in Arista at The Crosby. Call 619-888-2223 for more information.
|From golf villas to turnkey custom homes. Luxury and elegance carry the day at The Crosby. Inspired by the legendary Rancho Santa Fe architecture of Lillian Rice, residential designs at The Crosby embrace the casual elegance so long associated with the region. Whatever your dream, The Crosby has a home for you.|
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