One Saturday night in March 1924...
... Claude Holmes, a foreman for the McHenry-Clark Construction Company, was with Doc Hare at the home of Emerson Herrick. While sipping a 1922 Zinfandel, the discussion of the evening turned to golf. Holmes thought traveling to the Stockton Club to play took too much time away from the business. Perhaps some pasture land Holmes was renting nearby from Thompson-Floger, on which he kept his two horses, would be suitable for a small golf course. That evening, Holmes challenged Em and Doc to a game of golf to be played at the rented pasture located on the south bank of the Mokelumne River in Woodbridge.
The three would-be golfers arrived the next morning equipped with shovels, rake, lawn mower, brooms and wheelbarrows to clear the way for their game. After three full Sundays of dedicated labor, the course was ready. Tomato cans were inserted on the two greens served as cups, and mounds of wet sand formed on top of ordinary door mats became tees. A toss of the coin won Em Herrick the honors, and with a mighty baseball swing he drove the first ball.
By June, more than $150 had been spent clearing brush to form more greens and tees, and the pasture had now been transformed into five golf holes. Holmes had announced the plans for a golf club and by June 21, more than 115 people had expressed interest in becoming members. One month later on July 24, 1924, the Woodbridge Golf and Country Club was incorporated. Entrance fees were set at $15 with dues at $2 a month. Claude Holmes was elected to serve as the first president of Woodbridge Golf and Country Club.
In 1926, a two-room shack with a porch was built to serve as a clubhouse, and the course itself was expanded to nine holes. A new clubhouse was constructed in 1938 and still remains as the Elks Lodge. In 1952, another 12 holes were developed north of the Mokelumne and combined with six of the original first holes to make Woodbridge a complete 18-hole course.
The present clubhouse was finished and opened for occupancy in 1957. September 1979 marked the opening of another nine holes of golf, nine tennis courts, a swimming pool, clubhouse with full dining and beverage facilities, and complete golf and tennis pro shops.
Unwind and relax pool side at Woodbridge Golf & Country Club! An expansive, fully equipped sun deck and Oasis Café are available for family leisure. A swimming coach provides instruction and directs the Club’s swim and water polo team in practice sessions and inter-club competitions. For relaxation, competition or personal fitness, the pool at the Woodbridge Golf & Country Club is the place to be all summer!
Membership has its benefits...
Our inviting and modern Clubhouse provides the perfect setting for almost any activity. A variety of casual dining, lounge areas and full banquet services are available for our Members. Our Members look forward to many themed social events throughout the year.
Woodbridge Golf & Country Club also features 7 lighted hard surface courts. The Tennis Program, including our Men’s and Women’s and Junior tennis teams and leagues for all skill levels and ages, are all managed by our UTSA Professional.
Woodbridge is a private family-oriented
Country Club committed to providing exceptional service, outstanding recreational facilities and entertaining social events, while maintaining its comfortable and friendly atmosphere.
Woodbridge Golf & Country Club is as passionate about the game of Golf as you are. Players of all levels and handicaps find our 27 holes to be one of the best-maintained and challenging Golf experiences in the area.
Looking to improve your game? Woodbridge’s Golf members also have access to our year-round golf practice facilities, private lessons by our talented team of golf professionals as well as a well-stocked Pro Shop.
Our story began with Golf, but doesn’t end there. Today’s Woodbridge attracts people young and young-at-heart with its tennis, swim, dining and social experiences and amenities. We have a membership to fit every schedule and every budget.