Red Hill Country Club: Celebrating 100 Years 1921-2021

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Nestled against the foothills of the San Gorgonio Mountain Range in the majestic shadow of Mount Baldy and Mount San Antonio is a picturesque place known as Red Hill Country Club. Filled with both natural beauty and carefully manicured landscapes, this private club and golf course sits at a junction of history and of the present; and of time well spent and timelessness. Red Hill Country Club came into being during the 1920s when the dirt road that ran west alongside the southern boundary became attractive for investment. Businessman and citrus grower Albert L. Swift saw the potential in the 260 acres of land. He invited his friend and visionary golf course architect George C. Thomas Jr. to design a golf course that not only respected the natural topography but also took advantage of the panoramic grandeur of the mountains. The first nine holes were shaped into a top-flight golf course that propagated emerging champions and offered the casual golfer tournament-level play. But that was just the beginning. Planning for the second nine began in mid-1946 by noted golf course designer William “Billy” Park Bell. Bell had worked closely with fellow Pennsylvanian Thomas. The two nines were essentially the same at the time of the club’s fiftieth anniversary in 1971 and occupied about 135 acres. If Swift were alive today, he would most likely marvel at the showplace Red Hill Country Club has become and of the current stewards of play and history that keep and protect it. Readers should come away with a deeper understanding of why Red Hill Country Club is so treasured and of the people who have cared for its legacy along the way.