William P. Bell, whose early works included Bel-Air Country Club and
Riviera Country Club, designed the original eighteen holes in 1946.
As they stood at the foot of the great Valley Oak, Billy Bell stated,
"This is a great site for a golf course." The sandy soil and gentle
rolling terrain allowed Billy Bell to create yet another classic.
Architect Robert Muir Graves whose work includes Sea Ranch and
Black Butte designed the River Nine. After many years of
negotiations with government officials and environmentalists over
the plight of the valley elderberry long-horned beetle, this 150 acre
combination of riparian habitat and golf course was constructed in
In 1998 architect John Harbottle, who has overseen reconstruction
efforts at Los Angeles Country Club and Stanford Golf Course
design, supervised reconstruction of all tees, greens and bunkers on
William Bell's 18-hole layout. Harbottle also redesigned the #9 Bluff
hole in 2002.