The La Cañada Flintridge Country Club is quietly celebrating 50 years of lost balls, community fundraisers and memories this summer, and long-time members say that it’s the camaraderie on the greens that have kept them coming back.
“We like to think of it as the best-kept secret in the valley,” said Joanne Farmer, a member of the club since 1987. “Most of it has to do with the members.”
Plans for the club were first unveiled by local developer Bill Godbey in 1959. Three years later, what was then known as the La Cañada Country Club opened its doors and gave golfers a chance to chase balls up and down a hilly course designed by noted golf course architect Lawrence Hughes. With majestic views of the San Gabriel Valley and Los Angeles, the facility has hosted countless weddings and local events, from charitable galas to the 2011 memorial for Sport Chalet founder Norbert Olberz.